Play as the US or Soviet, map out the Iron Curtain to your advantage and dominate the most countries and regions on your side of the curtain to win the Cold War battle of superpowers.
Iron Curtain is a game of area control but the areas - the regions of the world - are built by you and your opponent during the game. Each card represents a battleground country that played a pivotal role during the Cold War. The world map is going to look different each game, and you need to adjust your strategy accordingly.
Iron Curtain offers doses of suspension. Each card your opponent plays could trigger scoring in a specific region. A region scores when it is complete so do you play a card early to jump ahead, or wait to control when scoring will happen? One thing is for certain, you cannot win all battles.
The cards quality is very good and the cubes fit nicely on them. Now, this might be a minor thing for a lot of people but let's talk about the box. I love when a company divots the side of the box so it makes the lid super easy to get off. It's minor, but when I see something like that you know that the rest of the components will be well thought out as well.
I'm just going to get right into it. This game is amazing, and here is why. Right from the get-go, you are fully engaged. You need to manage your cards and make sure that you don't play cards that help your opponent too much and at the same time, you're trying to save your cards that can help you later when other countries come onto the board. However, if you try to overthink it you can lose in two cards (trust me, I did and lost.) For only having 18 cards in the deck this game has a ton of depth and the replay-ability is super high because the cards affect the outcome of the game very differently depending on when they are played and what other cards are on the board.
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