Reviewed by Chris Wray
PALEO (Hans im Glück/Z-man Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 45-85 minutes; $59.99)
Many games try to evoke the feeling of exploration, but few succeed. But when an exploration game does hit the right notes, it becomes a modern classic. Whether traversing an uncharted island in Robinson Crusoe, or searching lost temples in The Lost Ruins of Arnak (featured in the Winter 2021 Gamers Alliance Report), gamers love the adventure of discovery, and they reward designers and publishers that do it well. Paleo, designed by Peter Rustemeyer, is, in so many ways, the exploration game I’ve always wanted to play. It feels like a modern classic, so it is no surprise that it was one of the hottest items leaving SPIEL.digital. It is currently nominated for the Kennerspiel des Jahres.