One Year On – Under Falling Skies

I’ve played a splattering of Under Falling Skies since the review and I’ve found it a great game to fill those spare moments, generally playing in under an hour. As those spare moments have been whittled away though, it, like most of my hobbies, has found itself shelf bound.

Under Falling Skies

This means I’ve not played it much as a campaign but mostly just the odd standalone game, which is a shame because the campaign brings a nice story to it. Nevertheless, the way you can tailor the game options gives you something different each time and makes every game a challenge, preventing you getting bored of repetitive die rolling and placement.

That is the game’s niche – filling in those spare moments. Once I’d played the campaign through a couple of times, the urge to sit down and commit to another run through, however different it may turn out, just wasn’t there. This didn’t deter from the fact that this is a good and challenging game, though, and it is the challenge that makes it such a good solo filler game. It set up very quickly, the rules were a doddle so if I couldn’t remember what to do it only took a minute or two to get reacquainted. And, as I alluded to, the variables that could be added to the game meant there was always something new to try, presenting a different challenge from the last game and keeping it fresh.

Push the difficulty up and it became a difficult game to beat. It was also pretty consistent in that it didn’t throw a game up very often that was much easier/harder than I’d expect from the difficulty I’d set it to, which meant that when I did beat it, I felt it was down to skill rather than luck – nice.

Other than that, there’s not much more I can add to my review one year on, and I’ll take that as a good thing about Under Falling Skies – it’s a solid game that will keep you entertained even after you’ve completed the campaign several times.

Knowing what I know now, would I still have bought it? Yep. I really enjoyed the campaign, and the way new game mechanisms were introduced to keep it fresh. These options can also be added to a standalone game giving it a lot of replayability.

Will it still remain in my collection? Because it’s so easy and quick to get into, I can’t see me parting with it any time soon – it’s a great solo time filler.

One Year On – Under Falling Skies can be a brain burster of a game, especially at higher levels of difficulty, and will continue to see game time whenever I’m in the mood for a challenge. Whilst dice placement games aren’t for everyone it is a solid game mechanism for a solo game, one that doesn’t need an AI to play against and whilst there are ways to mitigate the die rolls, there’s enough variability there to prevent you from running the same strategy time and time again.


9 thoughts on “One Year On – Under Falling Skies

  1. That’s gret to read Justin, as replay ability is very important with a game these days, and the fact you haven’t had to buy add on’s to keep it interesting is very good.

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  2. I’m glad to hear you’re still enjoying this one after a year, mate. I noticed on BGG this one is quite highly rated by solo players so maybe I should get over my dislike of puzzly games and give this one a go! 🙂

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    1. 🤔Its certainly a puzzly game, a bit of a head scratcher at times, and if you’re not into that kind of thing then I’m not sure this will convert you.
      The theme is there, but it doesn’t drive the game, and the campaign, whilst it makes it more interesting and gives a series of games a storyline, it really is the puzzle side of things at the forefront.

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      1. And just like that, you’ve talked me back out of it! I have my eyes on something and will be picking up a new game this month so we’ll see how I get on with that in the short term anyway.

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      2. Lol! Sorry about that mate.
        Ooo! looking forward to hearing about that – I wonder what it will be🤔

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      3. You didn’t crush any dreams so no worries at all! It is definitely going to surprise you. I should have it in a few days and I’m looking forward to giving it a go soon! 😀

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  3. If it’s the sort of game you can just lift off the shelf for a game when you feel like it then that’s not a bad thing! 🙂 Hope you keep enjoying it!

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    1. Thanks John.
      Yeah, I love games where you haven’t got to trawl through a massive rulebook to refresh yourself on how to play. I can pick this up and be playing in moments, great for when time is short.

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