The Christmas/ Advent Season is in full swing and I'm spending it decorating trees, singing carols, and watching every version of A Christmas Carol I can get my hands on. How about you? How are you celebrating the holiday season this year? This past week we've played a lot of games at my house, so this installment of Barbecue's Bonfire is loaded with lots of games. Of course, I've just got to talk about last week's episode of The Mandalorian, right? Yup.
I've previously talked about my love of the Unlock series of "escape" games and this past week we finished the last two games in the most recent Epic Adventures box. First up is The Dragon's Seven Tests, which might be my favorite of the games in the box. Colorful graphics and clever puzzles make this quest to join the Gold Dragon's Temple a pleasure to undertake. This one has many riddles and while the puzzles were challenging, most of them can be worked out with some thought. There is a bit of a riddle at the end that kind of seemed unfair, or at least too loose for my taste, but otherwise this one is my pick for the best game in the box (followed closely by The Seventh Screening).
Another game we've been playing over the last week is Mastermind. I picked up this from Target a week or so ago for around $7 to play with my daughter who loves solving puzzles. She's been playing it off and on with me and with my parents and she seems to really enjoy it. A friend of mine had it when we were younger so I think that's how I was familiar with it. Essentially, one person creates a secret code of 4 colored pegs and the other tries to guess the code. The codemaker uses white and black pegs to tell the codebreaker how many correct colors and positions there code has each round. It's very simple but quite fun for a few rounds if you're looking for something short for two players.
Teela from Masters of the Universe Origins is on her fifth week and while she's not at the very top she's still near it! What can I say? Teela's a beloved character from one of the greatest properties of them all! I think she's the best figure in the line so far and a worthy successor to the vintage toy.
Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates is on his fourth week on the list and he's proof that major league butt-kicking never left. Turtle Power is still strong after all these years and Super7's new line is perhaps the most radical yet.
Evil-Lyn from Master of the Universe Mega Construx is also on her fourth week on the list. The Mega Construx line seems like it's doing well and Evil-Lyn is a popular lady, so I expect her to hang around a bit. I've been reviewing some other figures from the line this week, too, so we'll see if those prove to be as popular. Recently images of more upcoming single figures were released, giving us a glimpse of more cool stuff that Mega Construx has to offer.
Baroness with Cobra C.O.I.L. from G.I. Joe: Classified Series is on her third week. The G.I. Joe: Classified Series is extremely popular and the Baroness is a highly desirable character. Don't discount a bad lady in leather and wearing glasses is the moral here, I guess. With more great figures on the way but no standard release for Baroness in sight this one seems destined to stay popular.
Scout Trooper from Star Wars: The Black Series is another one of the GameStop Gaming Greats figures from the Black Series, this time based on one of the enemies from last year's Jedi: Fallen Order. This guy has a fair amount of new tooling and some new accessories, making him a pretty desirable release from a subset that's usually made of repaints.
Well, that's all for this week folks. Stay warm, watch Star Wars and every version of A Christmas Carol you can find, and look for ways to make the holiday season better for those in need! Peace!