I've often said that charm is one of the most underrated parts of games design, and one often ignored by many designers. As such it's always nice to come across a game that oozes that rarest of commodities such as Ore-Some from local games outfit One Free Elephant.
Ore-Some is a game of rushing around a mine, digging for various ores and trying to make as much money as you can, all whilst avoiding the machinations of the other dastardly prospectors who are down here with you. Equipped with only a cart, a hand of cards and a dice you will snake your way round a mine, avoiding cave-ins, explosions and hopefully picking yourself up a lovely doggy companion!
|Love the characters. The art is excellent throughout.|
|Hi Lewis! Isn't the cart ace!|
|Ready to Go! I have placed Sarah's purple tile just near me.|
Once you have your ore in your cart, if one of the contract meeples is nearby, you can hand one in, trading the ore in your cart for a card in your hand that gives you sweet, sweet money. You can also trade in all your ore at the end of the game but the contracts are always better value. The person with the most money at the end of the game is the winner.
Let's talk about the dog. One of the cards you can get is a dog who protects your cart from those who might steal it. This guy is a little addition to your cart you can slide over the side and it's so adorable. Of course someone else might steal him away with their Baconator, but that's the way the doggy goes.
I really like Ore-some and Sarah has done a great job in creating a snappy, charming and engaging family game that has just enough tactical bite to feel satisfying. The kickstarter will be launching in February and I'll post on my twitter account and facebook page when it is live.