Review: The Battle at Kemble’s Cascade

If you’re my age, you may remember arcades a little more fondly than some of our younger board gaming population. When I was a teenager, I worked at Starcadia, a go-kart, putt putt, and arcade entertainment center in Macon.  One of the few benefits of working there was that when I was off, I could get as many tokens as I wanted. I spent several free afternoons just playing games for hours, sometimes with friends or hopeful future girlfriends (hint to my past self: girls are not impressed when you take them to the arcade where you work).

One of my favorite games of all time is Galaga. I only play it every few years, so I’ve never really gotten very good, but it still holds a special place in my heart. I did get to the point where I could memorize the patterns of the first few levels, and I feel like I got pretty far at times. Of course, my goal wasn’t to progress through the game as much as it was to get one of my ships captured so I could later get the legendary ‘double ship’. Ahh, the memories….

Now, when I came across a game a few months ago that attempts to replicate the feel of this classic game and others, I had to get it. I wasn’t completely sure how well The Battle at Kemble’s Cascade could pull it off, but for the price, I was willing to give it a shot.

So, how much fun is this game that has seemingly fallen through time? Check out our review below.

Highs

  • You really get that retro feel as you play through the game
  • Some great player interaction, especially at the end
  • Lots of decision-making opportunities…

Lows

  • …sometimes too many decision-making opportunities
  • Pacing seems a bit off at times
  • Not for newbies
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