New Games From Calliope? We Got ‘Em!

New Games From Calliope? We Got ‘Em!

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When I first saw Got ‘Em! in Calliope Games‘ booth at Gen Con, my first thought was it was a reissue of a Thrift Treasure we featured last year. Blockade (and later Quoridor) looked very similar – a plastic board with grooves and colored player pegs. That was fine with me because today we still enjoy a quick game of Blockade when there are only two of us. As it turns out, that was the only similarity – Got ‘Em! was a very different animal, and one that supported up to four players!

Similar in style to Blockade and Quoridor, Got 'Em! by Calliope Games lets four players fight it out trying to surround their opponents. See it in action! - SahmReviews.com

The first thing my daughter commented on was the cutely-designed game box done in a comic book style, all the way down to simulated rosette printing patterns. In Got ‘Em! you are simply trying to outlast your opponents by trapping them on the board before they trap you.

Similar in style to Blockade and Quoridor, Got 'Em! by Calliope Games lets four players fight it out trying to surround their opponents. See it in action! - SahmReviews.com

For the base game, each player is dealt a hand of three cards. On their turn one card is selected to play and the actions on the card are performed. Most cards simply allow you to place a wall adjacent to a colored square and then move your own pawn up to 1, 2 or 3 spaces.

Similar in style to Blockade and Quoridor, Got 'Em! by Calliope Games lets four players fight it out trying to surround their opponents. See it in action! - SahmReviews.com

Each player starts in a predetermined spot on the board matching the color of their pawn. Your movements are horizontally or vertically (not diagonal) and typically not through walls (although there are special cards that will allow it). After your card is played, draw back up to three cards.

Similar in style to Blockade and Quoridor, Got 'Em! by Calliope Games lets four players fight it out trying to surround their opponents. See it in action! - SahmReviews.com

Play continues in order until the inevitable happens – someone has their pawn surrounded on all four sides. The special card won’t help you at this point as you are eliminated the second you are surrounded! This is usually accomplished by multiple players ganging up on one person (sorry Nicole)! But then those players must turn on each other to decide the final winner.

Similar in style to Blockade and Quoridor, Got 'Em! by Calliope Games lets four players fight it out trying to surround their opponents. See it in action! - SahmReviews.com

And on this day, dad finally got his win. That’s not to say our youngest didn’t put up a great fight. At 11 years old, this game is very easy for her to learn and still presents a substantial challenge when played against someone more experienced. Rated for ages 8+, that’s about the right minimum age that I’d recommend.

Similar in style to Blockade and Quoridor, Got 'Em! by Calliope Games lets four players fight it out trying to surround their opponents. See it in action! - SahmReviews.com

But Got ‘Em! has something unique up its sleeve. Turn the board over and you have a completely different game. Notice the lack of color, so the cards won’t be used at all. This “brainy” version is a complete free-for-all. On your turn you place a wall anywhere on the board and move your pawn one square PLUS a number of squares equal to the number of walls on the square it currently occupies. There will be no special cards to save you, so you really have to plan ahead. Again, surround an opponent and they are eliminated. Be the last pawn standing and you are the brainiest of them all!

So technically you get two games for the price of one when you pick up your copy of Got ‘Em! You’ll find yours on Amazon or direct from Calliope Games. At under $30 and with the 2-game ruleset, it is a fantastic value. Keep an eye on Calliope’s Twitter and Facebook timelines – they regularly offer sales and new product announcements that you’ll want to stay on top of.

And we have an even better value for our readers here at SahmReviews! Thanks to the generosity of Calliope Games, we are giving away a brand new copy of Got ‘Em! to one lucky reader! Enter using the form below, and don’t forget to come back each day for additional entries! And don’t forget to check out our other current giveaways while you’re here!

Got ‘Em Game Giveaway

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

42 comments on «New Games From Calliope? We Got ‘Em!»

  1. Dave Racette says:

    Love the games Calliope makes! Tsuro being one my and my daughters favorites!

    1. Scott says:

      Then you’ll love our giveaway of Tsuro of the Seas as soon as Calliope gets them back in stock!

  2. Dave Graff says:

    Awesome Giveaway, I’m an avid board game collector and am always looking for new stuff!

  3. Thanks for the review and contest! Got ‘Em has been on my radar for a while now!

  4. Eric Shearer says:

    Looks like my kind of game, thanks for the giveaway. =)

  5. Nuno Santos says:

    Great contest again, thank you!

  6. Nuno Santos says:

    And no, every family member for himself in boardgames!

  7. Michael Boone says:

    Yay! Another awesome giveaway!

  8. Maggie B says:

    Thank you for this giveaway!

  9. Sandy Zimmer says:

    We secretly gang up on my niece Ally (we cheat, she doesn’t and she wins)

  10. I’ll sometimes team up if I notice one of my daughters isn’t doing the greatest and is feeling discouraged.

  11. Elizabeth O. says:

    I love strategy games! These look fun especially since it will exercise a kids mind!

  12. yes i team up with my kids if they are losing

  13. Great review. I love games that make you think.My family will have a lot of fun with this.

  14. Sojourner says:

    Great games! Thanks for the share. My husband and I are looking for games for multigenerational toddler/adult group game nights!

  15. Stephen says:

    Thank you for the offer!

  16. Heather Johnson says:

    No we don’t team up. The kids like to win on their own, and I am fine with that. They are great sports when playing games.

  17. Mary Somerville says:

    We don’t team up, but one of my boys likes to go rogue on the rules, while the other likes to follow the rules to a T. So we end up doing some bargaining!

  18. Mike S. says:

    These are the type of games that my family loves! Games that make you think, don’t rely on luck or the roll of the dice. I’d love to win this so that my son and I can team up and defeat the evil witch of the house (my wife)!!

  19. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    I have! I use to team up with my youngest daughter. Not so much now since she is grown. Can’t do that with the grandchildren. lol

  20. sandra says:

    it depends on which family members

  21. Maggie Saavedra says:

    Another great giveaway! Thank you 😀

  22. Eden Hansen says:

    This game would be a great addition to our game night!

  23. Ben K. says:

    This game looks like a blast!

  24. Carol Nine says:

    I don’t really team up with family members when playing a game. It’s every man for himself.

  25. Michael McCaughey says:

    Thanks for the contest!

  26. Jonathan Wyatt says:

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  27. Brad R says:

    Calliope games are guaranteed quality and fun, thanks for the contest!

  28. Jamie Aull says:

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  29. Cathy Thompson says:

    Great contest hope to win! Thanks for the chance!

  30. Sarah Greene says:

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  31. This game looks awesome! I REALLY hope that I win! Thanks for the great contest!

  32. Rhonda Martin says:

    Oh no I never team up unless it’s a game where you are playing as a team. Otherwise it’s each to their own. Let the best Man/Women/Child win lol.

  33. Fiona N says:

    Yes, I do, usually with my nieces 🙂
    Thank You for the chance!

  34. Mary Gardner says:

    No we are pretty much every man for himself!

  35. Dana Matthews says:

    We do team up to play games! Nothing like an afternoon of games with family!

  36. MaryJo Tsitouris says:

    I’ll typically team up with whomever is having a hard time playing and try and encourage them.

  37. Jennifer H. says:

    Yes – we team up!

  38. Dandi D says:

    This looks like a really fun game to play with my family!

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