11 Short Bad Game Reviews – with Tom Vasel

11 Short Bad Game Reviews – with Tom Vasel

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Tom Vasel conducts a block of games with less than stellar reviews.
Games featured:

Battalia: The Creation
Risky Adventure
Bardagi
The Witching Hour
Village of Familiar
Fallen Angel
Dungeon Hustle
Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game
Hope City
Warbit: Dicejar vs Psycholon
Butterko

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  • Karaoke Videos1

    December 18, 2018

    I’m crying 😭😭😭 Approaching Dawn Witching Hour is my favourite co-op game. Once you get past rule book, it’s just Amazing! Especially the campaign, I always want to play it.

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  • Edmund Bloxam2

    December 18, 2018

    'In our culture, we have too many games being made'

    THIS!

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  • Axel Murciélago3

    December 18, 2018

    I also disaggree on Battalia. The core game is simple enough for gamers. The deck building rules are straight forward, the road building rules really simple and the Sun Dial has just two simple rules.
    Overall, the designer had great ideas and made a great and balanced game with optional modules and scenarios. There is just one ability that is surely unbalanced when two specific optional modules are combined.

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  • Bard884

    December 18, 2018

    Very little useful information in this video, and terrible production value. Dice Tower is nothing but consistent. Did you dress yourself on the day this was shot?

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  • nkorppi5

    December 18, 2018

    Extremely surprised about Battalia being listed. I can’t believe it! Not many rules or exceptions! No way. Very very smooth. The ambush-mechanic completely fixes any straightjacketing. The new expansion improves game speed and flow even further. Tom misunderstood it.

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  • Wendy McIlroy6

    December 18, 2018

    Great review idea Tom, glad I've never heard of these misfits!..

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  • GG Kiss7

    December 18, 2018

    Please make it into a series, very useful format.

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  • Stefan Yordanov8

    December 18, 2018

    I completely disagree on your comment about Battalia The Creation. The quality of the game is stunning, the gameplay is entertaining if you are into medium heavy games and the rules are quite intuitive once you get the basics. It's just that the rulebook goes into details about how players should manage some more complicated situations which actually is really helpful when they occur. And that's your only reason for calling the game "bad"? This is not a serious argument to put a game on this list.

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  • Victor Hugo Cisternas9

    December 18, 2018

    I agree with everyone saying this needs to be a series. 11 games in 8 minutes good time spent even in bad games.

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  • William Garcia10

    December 18, 2018

    Thanks for the heads up.

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  • Lea Ernst11

    December 18, 2018

    I do not aggree on Battalia. It is a great game, the rules are straight forward and well written, not too complex. I am looking forward to the expansion. For the rest, a great video!

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  • RecordsHisPlays12

    December 18, 2018

    I love the idea of this as a "series", even just once per quarter.

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  • J Potter13

    December 18, 2018

    Never heard of any of these. You're a lucky man to be so blessed by so many obscurities.

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  • nztuber14

    December 18, 2018

    Useful video, thanks!

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  • Bryan Mitchell15

    December 18, 2018

    Tough to be a designer in this market….

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  • Marcel Douwstra16

    December 18, 2018

    To chime in, this should definitely be a series!

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  • StrayFire17

    December 18, 2018

    You don't like The Witching Hour? 🙁 I was so hyped for this one and almost bought it at Essen but hoped for a German release sometime in the future. I played it at Essen and really thought that this was a great game. Now I am confused.

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  • dreamshade18

    December 18, 2018

    Agreed with the rest of the comments, do more videos like these.

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  • Xava Abulense19

    December 18, 2018

    More of this quick reviews please! Maybe better games could be in this format if the time doesn't allow a full review.

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  • Denis Wolf20

    December 18, 2018

    Thanks, Tom!
    1. This is a very, very helpful approach – better to get a few words of your opinion than wonder 'what Tom would say'.
    2. Please list the games in some searchable way, that it will be possible to find later – I know that you have games linked on dicetower.com, but still.
    3. If some publisher or players would start complaining 'hey it was too short and not fair' – I can only say that at least one of these games, despite being on 'bad games' list, looks interesting enough for me to check the rules and at least consider buying it – otherwise I would have forgotten that a few years ago I wondered if I want to support this game or check on it later.

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  • LegalMeeple21

    December 18, 2018

    This is a must add series…great job Tom!

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  • Darimm22

    December 18, 2018

    I respectfully disagree with your assessment of Fallen Angel.

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  • KevyB23

    December 18, 2018

    Great idea for a series. I wouldn't mind an extra minute or two for each game, and just do 5 per video. Show us the endless rules or iconography or whatever you didn't like. Also, if several of you played and nobody liked it, tell us who was involved in the not-liking. If Zee, Jason and you don't like something, that covers a wide variety of gamers.

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  • Izathel124

    December 18, 2018

    I'd love to see something between this video and a full review. I know it takes more time, but I personally love the bad game reviews both for actual benefit (avoiding or looking harder at the game before buying) and for entertainment. Something where you spent maybe 5 minutes per bad game (and showed components) I think would be both awesome and hilarious.

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  • B Palmer25

    December 18, 2018

    Just 10,000 games left to review!

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  • Don Demol26

    December 18, 2018

    That’s a great innovation

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  • Pasquale Cirone27

    December 18, 2018

    I see many people here feel as I do: that this should be a series. And even though these are negative reviews, I got interested The Witching Hour and will look into it. Too few people review bad games (for reasons already mentioned) so even bad exposure works for me in this regard. I also like that the games featured were listed in the description as it was very helpful.

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  • Key Key28

    December 18, 2018

    This was definitely entertaining, and a great way to get through the review copies. Some of those games did SOUND neat though, too bad they don’t hold up. I noticed many of them were because of too many rules/fiddliness.

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  • Nikmans29

    December 18, 2018

    Nice vid! Would have been nice if you showed some of the stuff in the box, even if it's just some pictures edited into the video or something

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  • Dee Cuevas30

    December 18, 2018

    Quick review of bad games was awesome!!! Great idea I give it 10 STARS!!!!!

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  • eldanderuf31

    December 18, 2018

    Valiant Universe – what do you expect? Catalyst to do something fun or new?

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  • Raymond Hill32

    December 18, 2018

    Hope City was good for some laughs but man was it rough and the production quality was low. It's the only game I got to sit in on with the Dice Tower crew.

    I did like the format of this video; however, I am thankful for the longer format of the typical reviews as they pack in a bit more detail which I find useful when considering a game for purchase.

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  • Andres Andino Jr.33

    December 18, 2018

    This is an excellent video! I would love to see more of this!

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  • VMC BUX34

    December 18, 2018

    Good job

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  • icurnvss35

    December 18, 2018

    I think I like this type of bad reviews approach than a full-fledged bad review.

    In a full review it feels like a game can be unfairly picked on for 15 to 20 minutes, when it basically boils down to the game not appealing to the reviewer. There's also more opportunity to say something that will anger fans of the game watching the review.

    In a shorter span, specifics can be touched on to show why the game didn't work for the reviewer, but it still feels like you can like the game if you want, but if you were on the fence about it, maybe here's a couple reasons to help you make a decision.

    In short, it seemed nicer to these games. While I do agree with some of the games not being very good/smooth, they still don't deserve a royal bashing. Some games, on the other hand, are so bad and deserve the full treatment, following the hammer smashing the box, dumping it in the garbage and watching the garbage truck take it away.

    Great job! I look forward to more of these.

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  • Digital Magician36

    December 18, 2018

    great format, dont want to watch 15 min if you dislike a game

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  • HypnoticSorin37

    December 18, 2018

    Has Queen made a good game since Fresco? Great idea for a series, Tom hope you do more

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  • Trishna Namchoom38

    December 18, 2018

    I agree with most people in the comments that this needs to be a series – kind of like the list of 'what not to buy'

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  • Erik-Jan van Oosten39

    December 18, 2018

    How suiting that the title of this video can be both interpreted as bad reviews of games and reviews of bad games. Sorry Tom but in most cases you fail to mention why these games themselves are bad (and not just the rulebooks, components and looks).

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  • Sam Jackson40

    December 18, 2018

    Brilliant series.
    I must admit that one of my guilty pleasures is seeing a Kickstarted game get a bad review and then running to the comments page to see all of the salty comments 😂

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  • Julie LeBouthillier41

    December 18, 2018

    Could you have the rating numbers added to these videos if this an ongoing serie?

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  • 李钧42

    December 18, 2018

    It's japanese on the back of that box

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  • rustedbeetle43

    December 18, 2018

    I loved this style!

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  • Thiago de Souza44

    December 18, 2018

    Loved this. I hope you make this a series. Maybe in a weekly format, just like "Look Back"?

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  • Non-Alpha Gamer45

    December 18, 2018

    So, is this like a Bottom Ten List? Haha. I do have to say that none of these look very good to me, either.

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  • Fe Be46

    December 18, 2018

    i am surprised that rail raiders was not in these. Looking forward to that review 🙂

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  • TheGunslinger01947

    December 18, 2018

    Toooo many deck building games… they have to stop at some point.

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  • XenoKnightAlpha48

    December 18, 2018

    3:44 Yeah, you were right the first time! It's Japanese. Although there is a lot of kanji (Chinese characters) on there

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  • TheHorrorGamer Simionato49

    December 18, 2018

    3:44 that's Japanese, Tom

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