Reef Board Game Review – Actualol

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I review Reef, an abstract game from Plan B Games, the makers of Azul.
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25 Responses

  1. Denis Ryan says:

    I hate this video. Your head is perfectly blocking that amazing Burgle Bros at print on your wall the entire time. Everything else about the video is fantastic, though… ;P

    No, seriously, great video.

  2. Andrew says:

    Only 4 cards in hand…. makes a difference to how it slows you down and reduces the ‘plentiful’ options.

  3. jing713 says:

    It's a little bit like Takenoko??

  4. Republika Dugave says:

    Reef > Azul

  5. Amber McNamara says:

    Hey, I wondered if you'd reviewed Hive at all? (the two-player game)

  6. mike lecsus says:

    I was waiting for this game review , well done , defiantly a like from me 🙂

  7. Martin Brochhaus says:

    Amazing review! I own Reef and 100% agree with everything you said in this review. BTW maximum hand size is 4, in your shots it looks like you played with more cards.

  8. hvazadi says:

    There's a very good reason games like this feel brain-burny, the "which order should I play these cards to max my score"-types of games. They are basically instances of some of the hardest computational problems known, called NP-complete problems, and are very similar to a problem called Traveling Salesman, link:
    Inspired by this video, I actually used Reef as an example when lecturing a class on algorithmic theory 🙂

  9. Daniel Engel says:

    Interaction and or backstabbing or ruining a players turn is the meat of a board game for me, lets see if you are right (hopefully not, I really want to like this game). (Playing the game after dinner tonight).

  10. Fun with E&G says:

    This is currently one of our favorite games!

  11. Matthew Lindley says:

    I miss your sister and Timmy. Invite them to play next time. 🙂

  12. bjorn dewulf says:

    you should play the game in the right manner, than it maybe wil feel different?you can only have 4 cards than you have to play!

  13. Leimi says:

    Hey, this is off topic and maybe I missed something, but did you decide to stop making comedy videos? Like your review of Dark Moon or the best couples games. Those were the funniest stuff about board games on YouTube.

  14. Ferrule Bezel says:

    The almost primary colors make it look like something from Fisher-Price. And you didn't mention anything about the tactile sensations of the pieces.

  15. Jerome Demeyere says:

    Change the camera angle after you make a joke, it softens the blow.

  16. Manus Noble says:

    I’d maybe avoid stating a year of support is the same as 1 board game! Might get people thinking ‘really?? I’ll buy a board game then!’. You might get more people supporting if you state how little it is each month? Just a thought, make it seem like very little cost to support. Also, what kind of board game? My brain immediately presumed £25-40 ballpark

  17. Tim Teigen says:

    Better to fetishize plastic than guns, as we do here in the US.

  18. Donna B says:

    Since when is red called orange? The colors in Reef are RED, yellow, green, purple. The color on the card may not be as red as the coral pieces, but the coral is red.

  19. Robert Dullnig says:

    This is how social interaction tends to go in Reef:
    Player 1 : Well, I suck.
    Player 2: Don't worry, I suck too.
    Player 3: Don't worry I suck the most.

    Player 3 wins.

  20. koomo801 says:

    For anyone looking for a nice looking game that offers a color-stacking scoring mechanism, but with player interaction and little chance for analysis paralysis, I recommend checking out Takenoko.

  21. Gamefreakgeekgirl Fun says:

    Thanks Jon! Love that wit.

  22. gooberweevil says:

    This is the type of game i think i'd love as an app.

  23. Daniele Castriotta says:

    I saw that in the gamestore. Such a gorgeous game, but not for me either. That is not a social activity.
    You could play it as a Highscore game, trying to beat your own highscore, but there are better solitaire games out there i guess…

  24. James Mullen says:

    Seems like the easiest way to hack the game to encourage more interaction between players is to do away with board ownership and let any player target any single board when they play a card, scoring as normal.
    You could even have fewer boards than players, so there has to be some overlap, with players fighting over the best scoring cards & positions for a particular board.

  25. Justin Hollick says:

    Some awesome lines in this one. Love it.

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