Thanks for your review. I love Battlestar Galactica too when I have 4 players to play with. However for most co-op games I either play with my wife and most of the time solo.
Have you tried or do you think the game would be a satisfying solitaire experience? This would certainly eliminate the downtime.
Replayability: Would you say that the game has as much replayability as
Pandemic? What I like about that game is how and when the disease cubes
come out and the role you play and the cards you draw make each game different. Is such variety to be found here? Does the game lose out
on replayability once you know the parts of the story unfolding? (Didn't know how closely tied the story is to the mechanics of the game)
Thanks for your review. Not sure if I'll pick this up someday. Big Star Trek fan (TOS and new movie) but if the game play is so-so I may still pass.
It sounds like we have similar tastes in games :) I also play co-op games with my husband mostly. We really enjoy playing Forbidden Island together. We like to randomly pick our character at the beginning adding to the excitement.
As far as playing Star as a solitaire experience, or even just as a two player, this would most definitely eliminate the downtime. Although all four characters must be in play, so as a solitaire game you would be playing all four.
Replayability: Far less compared to Pandemic. I've only played the one time, but I'm sure once you play each of the possible 3 major story paths that branch off depending on how fast or slow you complete the missions, then that's it. I imagine after 3 or 4 times, you'll have the cards pretty much memorized. Wheras Pandemic is a generic story line and very random each time you play in terms of your character, how they interact, and how the disease comes about and the cubes spread. Also in Pandemic the story is very exciting where you are stressing out because you don't know if you can keep the disease under control and if you are going to find the cures in time. Star Trek is more of a very specific story line, not nearly as much excitement, and you're mainly trying to think how can you maximize points.
If you like to play games over and over, and like a new feel each time, then this is definitely not one of those games. I was a bit bummed because I was so excited about the theme too. But since you're a big fan, it may be worth checking to see if there is a demo copy at your local game store or if you can meet up and play with someone who might already have it.
Hope this helps.
Kelly Adams aka "KingKel"
BGI Staff Reviewer/News Hound
Thanks for your comments Kelly. You just saved me some $$$ since I don't care
for games that don't have wide replayability. After owning Pandemic and
Forbidden Island for over a year, I still enjoy playing them. My most played
and favorite co-op game is Defenders of the Realm. I still get just as much
of a thrill playing that game after over a year. Of course it helps that the
designer is actively involved in coming out with a continuous bevy of free
print and play expansions not to mention official ones. Although if I had a
dedicated group of Battlestar Galactica fans, that would probably be my
favorite. The social dynamic of that one is right up there with Settlers of Catan
for me. Yes, we do seem to have similar tastes in games. :D
P.S Enjoy reading your reviews. Keep up the good work.
Last edited by boardgameswithbob; 06-25-2011 at 05:01 PM.