Reviewed by Herb Levy
CLANK!: A DECK-BUILDING ADVENTURE (Renegade Game Studios, 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 60 minutes, $60)
“I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down” – – – For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield, 1966
Although the song was written over 50 years ago by Stephen Stills (and performed by Buffalo Springfield), these lines could very easily be the theme song for this game of dungeon exploration, thievery – and danger! – as players attempt to plunder the lair of the great dragon Nictotraxian (aka “Nicki”). When looking for treasure, sounds are something you do not want to make (that dragon has good hearing) but… those caverns are dark and sometimes stealth can be in short supply. Even the most careful adventurer will bump into or drop things. So not only do you have to search and steal but you have to do it as quietly as possible. Dropping things in the dark not only makes the sounds you do not want the dragon to hear but also gives the game it’s name: Clank!