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THREE GAME SHOWDOWN: SPRAWLOPOLIS, CIRCLE THE WAGONS & STEW

By Raymond "DuMeeple" Dumee on November 27, 2019

GET READY TO RUMBLEEEEEEEE!!!

In this episode of Three Games Showdown, ladies and gentleman, the newest Masterprint Mini series by Quined Games are going to battle head to head, mano e mano, cardboard to cardboard to the proverbial death. In this ultimate Three Game Showdown, three titles will do battle to see who comes out victorious. Every game will be reviewed separately and is judged for their strengths and weaknesses. These three lucky participants are all published in Europe by Quined Games and are: Sprawlopolis, Circle the Wagons and Stew.

SPRAWLOPOLIS
Sprawlopolis is a cooperative card game for one to four players and will take about fifteen minutes. With only eighteen cards, both sides needed to be printed with a purpose. One side shows the scoring conditions while the other side shows the city blocks. In Sprawlopolis, you will have to plan and build your metropolis and, while doing that, you'll have to keep the officials happy.

These officials set the scoring conditions of the game, three of them are drawn open on the table and set the target score. After this, you'll play the rest of the game with the city blocks. Every time when it's your turn, you add a block to the city. All players build together, but don't build to many roads as they are going to cost you points during the final scoring. This is the only game of our three contenders that also features solo play.


CIRCLE THE WAGONS
Circle the Wagons is a competitive card game for two players and takes about fifteen minutes to complete. Also, this game comes with eighteen cards with territories and, on the reverse side, the scoring conditions. In this game, you'll have to build your own boomtown in the Wild West.

In Circle the Wagons, three cards with scoring conditions are placed in the centre of the table. Around these three cards the other fifteen cards are laid out in a circle. During their turn, players pick a card and each build a boomtown, trying to meet the scoring conditions. In this game, you can choose to skip a card and by doing this, that card ends up with the other player while you can choose to take the next card. This way, you can really take control of who is getting which cards.


STEW
Stew is a two to four players push-your-luck bluffing card game which will take you and your fellow Stew makers about fifteen minutes. Why the title "Stew"? Well, that is what you and your opponents will be making with the twelve Ingredient cards in the game. Adding the six Vermin cards, the total of cards adds up to eighteen cards.

This game is a completely different breed than the other two games in this showdown. All Vermin cards are displayed face-up on the table and there is a stack of ingredient cards. Each player draws a card and decides whether to place it in the pot, with the Stew, or feed it to an unfed vermin. The ingredient cards are all played face down, so nobody knows exactly what is in the Pot. The goal of the game is to reach twelve points with the cards in the stew, but unfed Vermin will eat ingredients from the pot. When someone thinks, there are twelve points he or she will call out "STEW!". The round immediately end and points are tallied.


Well dear audience, these are our three contenders. Let me first make clear that there are no losers when playing and participating is more important than. you get my meaning.

"What the hell, DuMeeple? No losers?! Cut the panty wetting bull crap and get to the point already! Give us your final judgement!" Okay, okay, easy there fellas! Well, it was hard to pick a winner, card count is a tie and theme-wise, the games are all very different and all have strong themes which fit the gameplay. So, in the end, it is all about the gameplay.

That is why the winner of our three games Showdown is: Sprawlopolis! This small city builder is a nifty puzzle game, with a more than decent replay value and it comes with a solo play. But ladies and gentleman, this is just my humble opinion. So all silliness aside, every one of these titles is a great game that comes in a small package.


THREE GAME SHOWDOWN: SPRAWLOPOLIS, CIRCLE THE WAGONS & STEW
Quined Games

SPRAWLOPOLIS
Quined Games - Sprawlopolis
Year of release: 2019
Designers: Steven Aramini, Danny Devine, Paul Kluka
Artists: Loc Billiau, Danny Devine
Players: 1 - 4 players, ages 8 & up
Playtime: approx. 15 minutes

CIRCLE THE WAGONS
Quined Games - Circle the Wagons
Year of release: 2019
Designers: Steven Aramini, Danny Devine, Paul Kluka
Artists: Bryan Fischer, Beth Sobel, Loc Billiau
Players: 2 players, ages 8 & up
Playtime: approx. 15 minutes

STEW
Quined Games - Stew
Year of release: 2019
Designers: Jason Glover
Artists: Jason Glover, Loc Billiau
Players: 2 - 4 players, ages 10 & up
Playtime: approx. 10 - 20 minutes