THIS TIME, THE CAKE IS NO LIE

Before Chell made her way through Aperture Science Laboratories in Portal and Portal 2, there were legions of Test Subjects who tried (and failed… a lot) to pass through those very same test chambers. Lured to their demise by the same thing that lures us most of the parties and company meetings we attend: the promise of delicious Cake!

Okay, so we don’t know for sure if they all died for Cake. They definitely died, though. Horribly. For SCIENCE! And now Aperture has resumed testing, with a fresh batch of faceless Test Subjects for you to maneuver to a cakey victory – or let fall to their deaths. Why fall? Oh, that’s just because the Lab is made up of modular Test Chamber panels and at the end of every player’s turn, one of the Chambers gives way, plunging all Test Subjects and Cake Slices to oblivion. For SCIENCE! This nifty board game, designed by the Valve staff (you know, the wonderful minds behind the original Portal video games), brings back all your favorite elements, from the Companion Cube to GLaDOS herself. There are even Portals to navigate through the chambers. But the big takeaway here is that the Cake is NOT a lie, and you’re gonna need to amass as much of it as you can in order to win the day – while not dying. Try not to die. Honestly, it’s just like most parties we attend.

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Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham City Under Siege

Batman: The Animated Series was a game changer in terms of both storytelling and artistic direction. So it only seems fitting that IDW Games should give it an epic board game, befitting its status. Say hello to Gotham City Under Siege.

Fallout: Wasteland Warfare Two Player Starter Set

Some of us here at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ haven’t been able to play Fallout since good ol’ top-down FO1 and FO2 because of stupid motion sickness. And while we’re waiting for our pre-ordered Citroen glasses from Boarding Ring to ship (yes, we are that geeky), it’d be nice to be able to have our faces eaten by super mutants just like the rest of our friends.

Harry Potter Ultimate Trivial Pursuit

Harry Potter faced an enormous struggle. One young gifted boy and his friends had to use only their brains and a few magical pieces of wood to take on He Who Must Not be Named, a dark wizard set on overthrowing the balance of the entire wizarding world.