Scott’s Toy Box: Fall Finds
Fall is upon us and I love it. I’m a huge fan of cooler weather. There were days this summer that I longed for a coastal breeze. This month I’ve found some games that don’t really go together thematically, but I wanted to cover nonetheless. So let’s dive into the Toy Box and see what I’ve found.
The first game is a card game called Happy Salmon. In Happy Salmon, each player has a differently colored deck of cards. As players turn over the top card, they yell aloud what’s on their card to see if any other players also have the same card. If a player’s card matches another player’s, the two do what’s on the card (if it says “high 5” for example, they high 5) and then discard the card. If a player can’t find a match they can either move on to the next card (placing the card in their hand at the bottom of the deck) or wait to see if someone else gets the card they have after moving on. The first player to discard all their cards wins. This game is fairly chaotic. It might be best played while standing around a card table. Happy Salmon can be found on Amazon for about $15.
The next game is a video puzzle game called The Witness. In The Witness, you play as a person alone on a mysterious, puzzle-filled island. The puzzles are all the same in the fact that you move from point A to point B, but each puzzle has it’s own rule to follow. Without any given directions to the puzzles, you find out the rules to follow through your failures and successes. The puzzles get trickier as you go along. You might want to have a pencil and paper nearby to work out possible solutions. The island is large and has lots of interesting areas to explore. Sometimes it did feel a bit creepy to explore this island alone (you’ll run across many white statues of people) but there were not any jump scares. The Witness can be found on Steam for PC and Mac, Xbox One, and PS4 and costs $40.