Solo Spotlight: Dinosaur Island

This week we look at a game that has absolutely nothing to do with any popular movie franchise that may involve prehistoric DNA, or developing a dinosaur theme park and "trying" to keep your visitors from being eaten in Dinosaur Island. Scoring in the high 7's on Board Game Geek, folks absolutely love (and alternately hate) the art, but everyone appreciates the overall production and the theme. Those who enjoy worker placement, action selection, and bag draw games have a home here. How is it solo?

Off the top I can tell you that as a solo game it's a points collection or beat your score game. However, while there isn't a lose condition, Dinosaur Island is not "that kind" of beat your score game. There are objectives and challenges that have to be met, and meeting them rewards more points the earlier you can pull them off. However, not meeting an objectives forces you to discard one, so you won't be able to score it. The balance between meeting different objectives at different points in the game, or not, becomes an excellent puzzle to work through. You can check out the games below as well, as there are videos of both Dinosaur Island and Totally Liquid so you can check out the game and expansion in action. If all of that sounds interesting to you, with the Jurassic Park soundtrack playing on Spotify in the background, this will definitely find space on your table. Oh! If you're wondering, Dinosaur Island is more popular by rank and rating than its closest comparison game, DinoGenics. 

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