Click on the gallery below for images of the new Thames & Kosmos games on display at Toy Fair.
The Adventure Games line is designed to build on the success of the Exit series, featuring similar packaging and artistic style. But instead of presenting puzzles to be solved, Adventure Games are story-based games in which players explore the game world through branching storylines, similar to a multi-player version of “choose your own adventure.”
The first two games in the series, The Dungeon and Monochrome, Inc. will release in October. Each game comes with three separate “chapters” in the box for players to explore. Each chapter takes about 75 minutes to play. MSRP is $19.95 each.
Following last year’s refresh of the Reiner Knizia card game classic Lost Cities (see “Thames & Kosmos Reveals Three Titles”), the board game version gets a refresh of its own. There are no changes to the game mechanics, but the artwork has been updated. MSRP is $19.95.
Rustan Hakansson’s (Nations) new design, Tribes, will release in July. This game offers a streamlined civilization-building experience similar to his earlier game, and is designed to play in under an hour with 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up. MSRP is $49.95.
Three new titles in the Exit line of “Escape Room” games are also planned for this year:
The third Exit game for the year will be The Haunted Roller Coaster, releasing in September.
The most recent releases in the line were The Sinister Mansion and The Mysterious Museum (see “Thames & Kosmos Unlocks Two New ‘Exit’ Titles”).
The Brainwaves line will feature games designed in cooperation with neuroscientists to provide fun exercises that can also help improve cognitive abilities. The first three designs in the series will all release in August:
In Wise Whale, another memory-style game, players are not simply trying to match identical cards, but instead must match attributes, such as a color or animal on those cards, again determined by a dice roll.
Rounding out the trio is Brilliant Boar, in which each player is dealt a hand of cards that they memorize before placing them face down. Then they must try to match their hand cards with cards from the tableau.
All three Brainwaves games will be MSRP $14.99.