Squire for Hire - Letiman Games - $9
Game title: Squire for Hire
Game description: Your day has finally come – a famous adventurer has hired YOU to be their Squire! When your hero completes quests, defeats baddies, and takes all the credit, they also earn loot – which you get the great honour of carrying!
While initially thought to be a fad, 18-card microgames have persisted throughout the past few years. Letiman Games’ Squire for Hire is such a game, taking the approach of a tile-laying spacial-management game. Pack up the most loot while getting rid of as much junk as possible while completing quests to win.
- Adorable artwork
- Clever gameplay
- The box doesn’t look like it’ll last very long
- Could use more cards
Full Squire for Hire Review
While initially thought to be a fad, 18-card micro games have persisted throughout the past few years. Letiman Games’ Squire for Hire is such a game, taking the approach of a tile-laying spacial-management game. Pack up the most loot while getting rid of as much junk as possible while completing quests to win.
Tucked inside a tiny box is 4 Character Cards and 14 cards with a grid and items on one side, and encounters, dungeons, or quests on the other. The inside of the quad-fold box contains the rules of play.
Squire for Hire is played by either having available equipment to use or expend to complete the requirements on a Dungeon, Encounter, or Quest card. Doing so will allow you to take 1 of 2 treasure cards that you must fit into your pack. You do this by overlapping any item onto existing space in your pack. You can even cover up nasty junk you don’t want anymore. One thing you need to remember is that expended items have to be completely covered by the new card.
It’s an interesting mechanic that makes for some tough choices throughout play. At the end of the game, you’ll score for each item in your bag, minus each piece of junk. If two similar items are adjacent you score bonus points. Each character also as 2 combinations of items that will score bonus points, as well as a special scoring rule. One character lets you count food-related junk items as 0 points, while another lets you score for skulls but has broken swords worth -2 points.
The game is fast, simple to learn, and a lot of fun. Some micro-games really amaze me with how much bang for the buck you get with them. Squire for Hire certainly packs a lot of game into a $9 price tag. My only concern is that the quad-fold tuck box will wear out pretty quickly, leaving me having to store the game differently. Well, that and the fact that I want more cards!
A copy of Squire for Hire was provided free for review by Letiman Games
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