Theme and What is it?
The world of summit created by Connor McGee is a mountain climbing game in which you are able to play solo, Co-op, or competitive. The game plays much like you would expect a mountain-climbing Endeavor to be: tense at times, relaxed at others, and having to make tough decisions that affect the rest of your party during the rest. The game is at its heart a Cooperative game that allows you to play solo or competitively in much the same manner as you may climb a mountain by yourself, with a group, or against the competing team or player. Before the review goes on, MeepleGamers must tell you that this game was picked as Best in Show for Gen Con 50. The game is built as a game that should last you for a long time. The pieces are made with quality craftsmanship and lots of plays in mind. Moreover, the few tense moments in this game are not easy to replicate. There is nothing quite like deciding to cut the rope of your friend or competitor knowing it could lead you to the top of the mountain or just as easily could lead to your failure. The karma system during competitive play forces you to think ahead about those actions you might otherwise take that could also negatively affect you. All in all Summit is a beautiful game, and should not be discounted on the basis that there were other equally impressive games released and demoed at Gen Con.
When you pick up this box it has bulk. You feel like you are getting quality based on that bulk. I tried to convince Connor to pack in a masonry brick, he refused, saying the box is heavy enough.
The artwork which was initially something else altogether, and changed halfway through the design process makes this game come alive. When looking at this board, a two-sided board, the art makes you feel as if you are on the side of a mountain that at any time you could plummet to your soul-crushing death. I feel in games, art should emote a feeling that binds you to the game, the jagged edges of Summit do exactly that for me.
The player boards are designed with cutouts to fit tightly and make the game feel higher-quality yet. I understand that not all games should or could have the production value of summit. However, I feel there is space in the hobby for a few special games like Summit where the production value make the game feel as if it'll be on your game shelf long after you're gone.
Quality of Components and Insert
As previously stated I believe the art in this game helps put a player on the mountain by themselves with a team or with competitors and makes you feel as if you are either climbing or planning to climb a mountain with your friends or enemies soon. There is nothing quite like making the choice of cutting a rope of your five year old daughter so you're 25 year old friend can help the team complete the climb. pulling the triangle pieces, though a part of the components, truly feels evocative of cutting a rope on someone with you. The art of the game is not just that of the beautiful scenery, it is also of the imagery of what you would have to do to complete your mission of climbing a mountain with a team. InsideUp games has caught my imagination with their art direction in more ways than one.
I like the thought of a mountain climbing game. It just appeals to me more than that I like the idea that at least one of my games does co-op and competitive play in a non-complicated manner. Not just adequately but rather well. For those reasons I believe this is a fun game and I think anybody else who can enjoy the imagery, the subtlety, and the moments of tenseness that come with cutting the rope will also find Summit pleasing.
Difficulty and age range suggestion
As previously stated Summit was MeepleGamers Best in Show for Gen Con 2017. This means that for all the reasons in the review, we believe this game to be fun with a high production value and a beautiful artistic direction with the ability to teach anyone who has the patience to learn a system that is not so much left to chance as it is to Mother Nature.
If there are no other games that you pick up in the year 2017, Summit should be at the top of your list.
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