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Niagara -- Mensa Select® Winner
It's been a very long time since I've seen a game that uses the actual game box (both lid and base) as an integral part of the game, and hearkens back to old times when most of the fun was setting up the game but the game itself was a boring roll-die-and-move game, where you just were waiting to land on a space that let you move the cool gadget. Thankfully, unlike those games, Niagara is a pretty real game with reasonable strategy in it. There are no random elements in this game at all; the psychic players who knows exactly what their opponents are going to do will always win, unless there is another psychic player who also knows to think ahead a few moves. Certainly in the games I played, I was just a little bit more psychic than the other players and did pretty well. Certainly, as part of my evolution towards being a board game snob I find these sorts of games getting more and more appeal to me, and this game is a pretty good example that also appeals to my childhood visceral nature of seeing plastic pieces fall down.
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