|Time:||20 - 40 minutes|
As the mothership descends to complete her conquest of Earth, deadly bombers fill the skies. In your underground research bunker, you are Earth's last hope.
Under Falling Skies is a solo game with an innovative dice placement mechanic. When you choose an action, you are also choosing which enemies will descend. Bigger numbers give better effects, but they also cause bombers to descend faster. Defend your planet while expanding your base. Can you research a weapon that will relep the invaders before your base is destroyed?
Under Falling Skies comes well packaged to ease you into the game. The Campaign Mode is all packed into neat sections at the bottom with everything needed for the standard game at the top. You should not rip everything out in a frenzy-ala-Brian. The game utilises a dice-placement mechanic, but it also has a range of factors that enable a large degree of strategic variation. Another nice thing about the game is that it is a very quick set-up. You'll be battling nasties within minutes. The rules are well-written and should be read fairly thoroughly for some points to make sense. Under Falling Skies is a great solo game that really appeals - I love it. Beyond the two game modes, replayability is enhanced by differing levels of difficulty (simply flip the game board sections over for something truly "fun"). The only tiny criticism I would have is that the box is a bit thin and feels a little flimsy (stacking other games on top or your cat using it as a perch are ill-advised). Also, the sections of the board can slide about a bit, which is a bit of a pfaff. Yet, these do not detract from the fun that the game is. If you feel that a good solo game should pound you and your bones into dust for the first few games, Under Falling Skies will only too happily oblige. This is one of my favourite games and is becoming a regular presence on my table.