Even our very favorite loincloth wearer Gollum analyzed the personality of orcs perfectly: “Dirty orcs!” is probably the most appropriate saying about the green villains from the relevant fantasy universes. So it is no surprise that the prominent pointed teeth have their own board game dedicated to them. The board game title Orcs, Orcs, Orcs already gets right to the point.
You can find out how good the board game Orcs Orcs Orcs is in the following board game test. Have fun.



Orcs Orcs Orcs by Frank Thyben

I admit: The cover picture of the game packaging made me swallow something. It reminded me more of the cover of a bad B-movie DVD than a blockbuster game. But courage should be rewarded and Orcs Orcs Orcs shows that it's not just about looks. The fantasy board game from Queen Games costs around € 40. And to come to the point: it is worth every euro invested. 

Two to four players, ages 10 and up, slip into the roles of powerful magicians who carry out a macabre competition among themselves. Whoever can bring down the most orcs wins. The game principle is similar to the popular tower defense from the video game segment. The orcs steadily rush towards the central tower while the mages use their arcane abilities to blow out the lights on the enemies.

Orcs Orcs Orcs is based on a so-called deck building system. Each player puts together their own pool of magical skills. With the restriction that this game principle is taken a little ad absurdum, because the usefulness of many cards in such a system depends on the course planning of the game. With Orcs Orcs Orcs, on the other hand, the choice of opponent is random, so that you have to react rather than act. Nevertheless, the gameplay fits the setting wonderfully. Another advantage is the low entry barrier, so that even inexperienced players can quickly enjoy the exciting gameplay. Only a few special rules make reading the rulebook unnecessary.

The game material is well designed and transforms the game table into an impressive fantasy world. That and the central tower add depth to the game. The cards are also visually successful, with their beautiful drawings. The figures are unfortunately made of cardboard and are placed in a figure stand. That looks nice too, but I prefer “real” figures made of plastic or metal.

Despite minor criticisms, fantasy board players should Orcs Orcs Orcs at least play and convince yourself of the game system. For entertaining games that last up to 60 minutes Orcs Orcs Orcs but ideal.

Infobox

Number of players: 2 to 4 players
Age: from 10 years
Playing time: 45 to 60 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Long-term motivation: medium

Publisher: Queen Games
Author: Frank Thyben
Year of publication: 2013 
Language: German
Cost: 50 Euro

Summary

Orcs Orcs Orcs is a good, entertaining fantasy board game. And it doesn't want to be more than that. Fans of classic fantasy elements will immediately take this board game into their hearts. The gameplay is simple and intuitive. The game material is lovingly designed and rich in detail. Orcs Orcs Orcs is a board game made of one piece: Recommended for beginners as well as advanced players.

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