Watch your Back: Week April 24 to 30 (Part 2)

Let's continue next week's overview with another 4 games (check out Part 1 if you haven't yet).


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G.I. JOE Mission Critical is a 1-5 player cooperative adventure game with miniatures by Renegade Games. You are playing as a member of the JOEs team, and your aim is to defeat Cobra Commander.


There's hardly any info with regard to the gameplay other than that the game uses the Guardian system previously seen in Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid. Mission Critical will be expandable, meaning that you will get the base game and an expansion in this Kickstarter, and the company intends to keep releasing more JOEs and enemies in the future. It is launching on April 26.

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Personal opinion: I don't have any nostalgia for G.I. JOE, so the theme doesn't speak to me. Pass.


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If you've seen 'The Terror' TV series, perhaps Through Ice and Snow will pique your interest. It is a 1-5 player cooperative game inspired by the Northwest Passage expedition. Each player manages their own ship and crew with the aim of exploring the land, finding food, and surviving the harsh weather. It appears to be a resource management game with a modular map board, and it is launching on Kickstarter on April 26.

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Personal opinion: I love survival games, so it is highly likely I will back this, but I'll watch a playthrough first, just to be sure.


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Every eurogamer's favourite designer, Uwe Rosenberg, has a new game out called Oranienburger Kanal. It is a 1-2 player economic game in which you build the industrial zone associated with the Havel river in Brandenburg. You will construct buildings, roads and railways with the aim of earning the most prestige points. The game includes a solo mode but details haven't been revealed yet. It is launching on Gamefound on April 27 (you may check the preview page).

Image source: Gamefound

Personal opinion: This is as euro as it gets, judging by both theme and looks. It even has a wheel reminiscent of Ora et Labora, I'm sure JW is already salivating.


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And last, we have Damask: a 1-4 player abstract strategy game in which you weave silk textiles. In each round, you will try to complete textile patterns by taking coloured cubes from the central spinner board. You earn money by making as many similar patterns as possible. It comes with a solo mode but there is no info about it yet. It is launching on Gamefound on April 27, and here is the preview page.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I like the pretty fabric patterns and the overall presentation but suspect it is best played with other people.

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