Loch Ness Review

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Loch Ness is a game by Walter Obert, published by Elfinwerks. It is for 2-5 players. In this game, players will be trying their best to take good pictures of Nessie by maneuvering their photographers to the best possible spots. The player that is best able to do that will be declared the winner.

To begin, players will choose a color and get 2 or 3 photographer pieces, depending on the amount of players. All the photo tiles are placed in the bag and mixed up. The board is laid out and the Nessie pieces are put in order randomly on the board, each piece taking a spot of the Monster Track. Player’s will then place their photographer pieces on the board one at a time in turn order until all pieces have been placed. The pieces must be put on one of the viewing area spots and only one photographer per spot. Once everyone is finished, play now begins.

On a player’s turn, they can do one of two actions, roll the dice and move Nessie or move one of their photographers. To move Nessie, the player first rolls the dice. If a number is rolled, the player moves the Nessie tokens that many spaces ahead on the Monster Track. All the pieces must stay in order. If a water symbol is rolled, Nessie dives under water. The player then gets to place the 3 pieces of Nessie anywhere on the Monster Track, keeping the pieces in the right order. After Nessie has been moved, all of the photographers on matching viewing area symbols get to take a picture, as long as one of the pieces is able to be seen. The players get to take one photo tile from the bag for each part of Nessie that their photographer can see by referencing the matching symbols. The player places the photo tiles face up in front of them and decides which one photo they want to keep. The rest of the tiles are returned to the bag. The next player then gets to see if their photographers can take pictures, drawing tiles and discarding.

The other action that can be done is to move one of a player’s photographers. To do this, the player will take one of their photographers and move it to a different viewing spot that is vacant. Photos are not taken if this action is chosen. Play continues with players moving Nessie or their photographers around the board and taking photos until there are no more photo tiles in the bag.
At this point the game is over and scoring takes place. Player’s add up the points from each photo tile that they have. The player with the most points is the winner.

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COMPONENTS
There’s not a lot to this game, but what’s here looks great. The board is really cute and a bit whimsical. It’s very sturdy and folds up really well. The photo tiles are thick and sturdy and also have that same cute artwork. My favorite one is where the people are having their picture taken unaware and Nessie is behind them. The die and cotton bag are your usual quality game components. Nothing really special but still good quality. The photographer pieces come in 5 different colors and are made of heavy duty plastic. These little miniatures have the same style of whimsical artwork that everything else does. The 3 Nessie pieces are painted and very heavy duty as well. I’m not sure if this is rubber or plastic, but either way it looks great and is very sturdy. Everything here looks great and fits in nicely with the theme of the game.
10 out of 10

RULEBOOK
The rulebook is very nicely done. There are also rules included for several other languages. There are lots of really great pictures and examples of how to play the game. Everything is nicely explained and is easy to read and understand. There are also extended rules added to make the game harder for more advanced players. All total, the English rules are only 2 pages long. For what you get, it’s great.
9 out of 10

GAMEPLAY
This is a really cute and fun game. It’s great for the kids. The game itself isn’t one that takes a lot of thought or strategy, even with the extended rules. A good bit of it is random through the drawing of photo tiles. You always try to keep the highest number available. Simple as that. Still this game has a lot of charm and joy in it. I love the movement of the Nessie pieces. Just when you think that you are about to get a chance to draw some tiles, your opponent will move Nessie right out of your view. There’s a little bit of a take that feel to the game, but very little. The game doesn’t take that long to play either. This is great as filler or a lead in to something more meaty. All in all, I really enjoy playing it.
9 out of 10

OVERALL
Loch Ness is a light weight game of moving and set collection. The artwork is really fun and so is the game. It doesn’t take a lot of thought and relies a lot on luck. Even so, the game is very enjoyable and one that the kids will definitely enjoy. I highly recommend this game for children or anyone that’s looking for a light game. The game plays in about 20 minutes, so you won’t spend a lot of time on this one. It’s a good game to introduce new players or children to. The game will entertain and make you smile. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
9 out of 10

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For more information about this and other great games, please check out Elfinwerks at their site.

http://elfinwerks.com

 

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About Gaming Bits - Jonathan Nelson

I'm a happily married man with 2 wonderful kids. I love my family very much. I'm a big fan of board, card and RPG games and have been playing for over 20 years. As a board and card game reviewer, I'm hoping that this blog will inform, educate and entertain you. If you like it, please tell your friends and have them join in on the conversations. Thanks and GAME ON!!
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