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8 Negative Game Reviews with Tom Vasel

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Tom Vasel takes a look at 8 Games that missed the mark for him.

00:00 – Introduction
01:23 – Escape Pods
02:08 – The Dwarves
03:15 – Plunderbund
04:18 – Brutality
05:18 – Going Postal
06:13 – Sherlock: The Tomb of the Archaeologist
07:37 – Dead Throne
08:37 – Monopoly: Longest Game Ever

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139 Comments

  1. Playing Sherlock solo is a mistake, it should have 4 players for fun: 9/10 for the whole franchise from me

  2. You definitely played Sherlock wrong. If you don't observe and inspect the cards carefully, you don't get the hints. So not random at all. Also a terrible solo game.

  3. Wow. Shocked to hear about Dead Throne. I backed every single one of their Kickstarters before cancelling in the last 48 hours. The concept seemed cool (and definitely felt like a “passion project game”, which I like). But asymmetric multiplayer really killed it for me. Someone is forced to play the bad guy. I guess I dodged those bullets.

  4. AthexTube - Board Games & 3d Printing says:

    That monopoly game looks insane… insane for anyone to want to play!

  5. Love Tom, but sounds like he would never play a TTRPG because he hates the chances of a dice roll. Blah. And all this time I believed he was objective, but obviously dice chances, win or lose, is too much for him.

  6. I like the idea of Escape Pods and it sounds like it could have potential just poorly executed sounds like. Maybe be able to shoot each other and drop off guys like a capture the flag type game. Oh well I'm glad there are games like Galaxy Trucker to scratch that space ship game itch

  7. I remember when Tom's negative reviews were the most entertaining videos on The Dice Tower

  8. Thanks for giving me an excellent Christmas gift idea for my family. They will think it is an upgrade to Monopoly.

  9. God the audio on this was jarring… I usually have no complaints about your videos, but this was annoying… You should consider getting a mic that isn't attached to you, something just outside of the camera view would be fine and would make the audio 10 times better…

  10. Monopoly longest game is a legacy game, in that you play it once in a life time because that’s how long it takes, a lifetime. Lol

  11. Thankfully now we have Jenga Monopoly, sure to be skyrocketing in Tom's Top 10.

  12. Let's do another review on Oneupmanship. That is my favorite review on the channel

  13. This was very entertaining ^_^
    Seriously though, it's kind of sad to see that EVERY single one of these 'bad' games has at least one really interesting aspect to it but is ruined by one or more (or all of the other) design flaws…

  14. The worst thing about Kickstarter is the people who buy them refuse to see the problems with those games because they invested in it.

  15. Man I am laughing so hard every time Tom says BO-RING, REALLY BOOOO-RING 😀

  16. Be better if you had the box in the upper left like you did the 8 Positive reviews.

  17. I prefer my daughter's 'Junior monopoly' – it's won in 30mins…

  18. I agree all the Sherlock series games are too random. As a gamer, I don't like them very much. But my non-gamer wife and daughter enjoy them. I would definitively never play them solo, because what's interesting about the game is building a plot together. And since it's so small, it's great to take it on a trip.

    That said, I think this is the least interesting story in the series.

  19. Drink every time Tom says "at the end of the day" – RIP

  20. So they took an awful game, Monopoly, and made it even worse!

  21. @5:07 I could seriously not disagree more. I think the graphic design on this game is beyond amazing. Love it. (Unless you didn't mean the artwork by graphic design) And I had a lot of fun playing this as a lighter arena battle game. Gorechosen is better, but it was fun.

  22. Monopoly: Given the time of year and the bad components, Tom, are you sure that someone didn't play an elaborate April's Fool Joke on you?? 😆

  23. I rather play monopoly (original one) than Talisman. Oh my god Talisman is such a bad game and the fact the someone release a similar game in 2020 is beyond comprehension. Im with Tom at 100% on this, the guy behind Dead Throne is a fan of Talisman who think he knows about board game, its kinda sad.

  24. Brutality is really good! The instruction book is NOT.

  25. The game is called "Brutality" and you plink away at each other ?
    Maybe rename it 'Nerfed' and redo the art a bit 😉

  26. This was good, I like the highlighting of bad game mechanics that kill enjoyment, because in games and in life, good doesn't necessarily cancel out bad.

  27. If you're going to play a "stupid" and "random" fantasy dungeon crawl, I recommend Dungeon – a remake of a D&D styled game. I have to say, I do not like this game even though I bought it. I bought it only because I had fond memories of it when I was a kid. But, it's one of those games that can be 'fun" with the right alcohol consumption. 😉

  28. Sherlock is such a great game, but should only be played with 3-4 players.
    And dwarves: i dont know anything about the game but of you Roll Dice so many Times, that will balance the Luck pretty much, even more than if you roll very few times.

  29. The Dwarves looks boring indeed. Just like all other euro games out there

  30. LMAO!!! Oh my gosh! The Monopoly; Longest game ever review and references made me laugh so hard! hahahahaha

  31. Tom does a great and many of his favourite games are good but many of my favourite games got low scores from Tom😆

  32. The Dwarves!!! Nooo!!! If you don't like it Tom just give it to me, I'll treasure it! 😁😁😁

  33. that monopoly is not for play, probably just collectors who wants to collect all of them. :') no way that is still playable! If it can e played like that, than next year they should add 3 more layer, so have 5 round each boards! 🙂
    By the way should not be money involved, just buy properties with dice roll, and pay with dice roll to carry on. Result = endless Monopoly :'D

  34. such a shame, those games (except monopoly and going postal) looks really fine. Even the components what you show here.
    I am so sorry for them… Time to re think them and make more interesting next time.
    So bad they produce in many copies, put them out the market and failed.

  35. Just thinking about that longest game ever version of Monopoly is giving me an anxiety attack.

  36. Am I the only one who can't get enough of Tom trashing stuff?
    😂

  37. Brutality sounds like you're describing Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics

  38. I can already see a charity event doing a monopoly event with that game

  39. "A finger poking match, until eventually someone dies." That's the funniest and at the same time most dramatic sentence I've ever heard about a game.

  40. The Sherlock games are super fun to discuss story of murder with 2 or more players. Dont be discouraged by this review, they are superb games!

  41. Seems Tom should play Sherlock with others…

  42. Hmmm hard to say if I agree with him on plunderbund or not. I've only played it 3 times so far. We like it currently, but still haven't figured out the best strategies yet

  43. Русскоязычный адвокат Давиде Побережский says:

    your best video, definitely!

  44. I have this urge to get that Monopoly game and stream it….

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