Reviewed by Robert Marti
VENICE (Braincrack Games, 1 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, 30-90 minutes; £55)
Are you up for an adventure? Then come with me and explore the canals of 16th century Venice in a new game from Andrei Novac and Dávid Turczi and the second in the Braincrack Games series that also includes Ragusa and Florence. In Venice, players will control two gondolas (or more if playing solo or with 2 players). These boats are moved through the canals to visit different locations to place assistants, gain bonuses, and pick up goods that can then be delivered for money and points. As boats move past buildings with your assistants, you can activate them for bonuses, but be careful how you navigate the canals, because as your boats pass other player’s boats, you may gain intrigue and the player with the most intrigue at the end of the game gets arrested and automatically loses the game!