At first glance I thought that “Element” would be confusing, what with the way each of the four elements behave. While there is a learning curve, all it’ll take is a couple of games to get a handle on what’s going on. Essentially, each player gets a sage piece and it’s up to you to entrap your target so that it can’t move. Doing so earns you the sweet taste of victory. Entrapping your opponent involves placing elements down around them and/or using your own piece as a roadblock for a possible venue of escape.
“Element” is simplistically deep and a wonderful strategy game, though the $34.99 price tag is a bit hefty. Then again, I’ve always been sort of a penny pincher. You’ll have to determine if the game looks to be too expensive with which to invest. To that end, check out my video review below for how the game looks and plays. I also include some final thoughts though spoiler alert, it’s all pretty darned awesome. It’ll be available in March of 2017, though I’ve been told that my copy is representative of the final product. Special thanks to Maureen McCardel, a Marketing Contractor with Kalmbach Publishing Co./Rather Dashing Games, for reaching out and providing me with a press copy.
Game Stats: 2-4 Players, Ages 14+, Average Play Time = 30 Minutes
Final Verdict: 8/10