Tabletop Simulator is pretty self-explanatory. It is just a game with tabletop games provided. Some include: Chinese checkers, chess, Jenga, Dark Souls the Board Game, and more.
Console: PC (Steam)
Genre: Board game/Simulation
Developer: Berserk Games
Music -: There was really only one track that played in this game and it was the opening sequence song. It felt like a looping annoyance. It played in the main menu of the game and I hated it. This is most likely a preference of mine, but, I felt that the song was rather annoying.
Optimization -: Tabletop Simulator was too finicky about the internet connection. I am a college student and the Wi-Fi on my campus is only okay. That being said, the game crashed and disconnected WAY too often. It should be important to note that my computer is a potato but even taking this into account, the game will still crash too much. If one person crashes in a server, everyone crashes.
Creativity +: I do have to say that the game is creative. It is unique to have board games available for people to play online.
Art -: The art was not superb in any form of the word. When a player would be playing a game, chess for instance, there would be weird backgrounds behind the game. One example was a street. I was playing chess once and the background was just a curb on a sidewalk. I think the background images would have been better if they were just backgrounds you would see in a house or something. A curb does not make sense for playing a board game. Who would play chess out on the street anyway?
Graphics +: I thought the graphics were fine, however, they were not that special. I have to give the creators credit though because this is an indie game and it looks pretty good.
Gameplay +: The gameplay works well enough. I never had any instances of anything regarding gameplay affecting my experiences.
Replay Value -: This game is only replay-able if you have no other option as far as playing board games with someone. What I mean is, if you like board games and all your friends live in different states, then it could be replay-able. Otherwise, you’re better off playing a real board game.
Control -: Oh boy, the controls. I really did not like the controls at all. I never felt like I was in control of the game and it always felt like it would be better if I were playing a real life board game instead of this game. For example, there is an option to play with a deck of cards. Handling the cards was such a hassle and it did not have the same feeling that handling cards in real life has. I think the controls are what kills me about this game. I got really frustrated with the controls 90% of the time.
Satisfaction of Winning +: If you get satisfied with winning in board games, then you will be satisfied with winning in this game.
Sound Quality +: The sound quality was fine and every sound effect was clear.
Sound Effects +: I felt that the sound effects were fine. Nothing stood out too much but nothing was too annoying either.
Camera -: The camera was easily fixable but it was so annoying to have to fix it all the time.
Glitches +: There were never any game breaking glitches.
Quality Score: 7/10
Entertainment Score: 7/10
I think this game has good aspects and bad aspects. For example, the controls in this game are horrendous but I felt that it was pretty creative to make a video game about board games. Because of this game, I was able to pay board games with people who lived in different states than me. With that being said, this game should only be played if you absolutely have no other means of playing board games besides online. Otherwise, this game is pretty mediocre. If the controls are problematic in a game, it is difficult to recommend it.