Our preview post below was published on February 18.
Hunted: Wode Ridge is the newest installment in Gabe Barrett's Hunted series of games (Hunted: Kobayashi Tower and Hunted: Mining Colony 415 were the two preceding ones). This is a Stranger Things-inspired 1-2 player card game in which a group of kids in the 1980s is going after the evil entity hiding in their town. It will launch on Kickstarter on February 23.
Wode Ridge follows the basic structure of the Hunted games, with a few changes. You start with the cards of your 5 heroes set on the table face-up. Each of them has a special ability which is exhausted after one use but can be regained when they rest. On each turn, you will be drawing cards from the main deck and placing them in a row in front of you. Some of these cards have icons that can potentially be matched with the icons of another card in the same row to trigger the card effect and give you a bonus or Evidence cards.
Other cards show the 'noise' icon. If you get too much noise, the whole row of cards is discarded and you have to draw 'trouble' cards. If a trouble card transports you to the other side of the deck where things get tougher, you can try to find the portal to return to the good side. When you wish to avoid getting more noise, you can choose to 'hide': discard the current row of cards and lose one time in your time track.
Wode Ridge includes an extra board where you will be placing Evidence cards. You gain these when you successfully combine the right icons. Every time you fill a column on the Evidence board, you read the associated text in the storybook. If you manage to fill the whole board, the final boss comes out. If you meet its icon requirements, you win the game.