Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bored Games

I recently downloaded two games for my iPhone -- one of which we had in my childhood but never really played (Monopoly) and the other we never had in my childhood but I was always interested in (Risk).  So I've started playing both in my downtime and I'm a little sad to realize that these two revered games have a huge factor of chance in them.  I thought both games were about acquiring the right properties/countries and exploiting them.  Well, yes there is that and there's also the random f'ing chance of rolling a 2 or a 12 and getting your ass bankrupted every time you land on Marvin Gardens and you have to mortgage both of your railroads just to stay afloat in the game while the computer AI "somehow" lands on its own properties every stupid turn.

So...where was I?  Oh yes, strategy.  I really thought both of these games had a lot more strategy to them and I'm a little bummed out to find out how random they really are.  Luckily they were both 99¢ but perhaps I'll have to keep looking for something a little more thought-provoking in my board games.