Review: Tabletop Simulator (Computer)

Reviewed by Titanica, posted May 9, 2018
May 9, 2018
  • Release Date (NA): June 5, 2015
  • Release Date (EU): June 5, 2015
  • Publisher: Berserk Games
  • Developer: Berserk Games
  • Genres: Tabletop Game, Simulation, Variety
  • Single player
    Local Multiplayer
    Online Multiplayer
    Co-operative
Tabletop Simulator is a simulation game that simulates board and card games on a table.
Titanica
Tabletop Simulator is a simulation game that allows you to play simulated board and card games. It was published and developed by a small company named Berserk Games. Is Tabletop Simulator an easy cash grab like many simulation games or something unique or special? Let's find out!
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Story

Tabletop Simulator has absolutely no story. There isn't a single thing relating to story here. I believe that this is OK because the game has no need for a story.

Graphics

Tabletop Simulator looks great. It has a realistic artstyle and can look beautiful. The graphics may not be unique or innovative, but they work.
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How Tabletop looks like.

Gameplay

Tabletop Simulator may not have any story or innovative graphics, but it shines with its gameplay. Tabletop opens up with a clean menu. From here, you can pick the modes. There's singleplayer, which allows you to mess around with the physics or board games or anything. There really isn't much else to this mode and really is only used for making board games (see next paragraph) and messing around. Next, there is multiplayer. Connecting online allows you to join other people and play with them. You can also set up your own room to play your own games in them. Playing online is a blast. Each player controls their own cursor and are allowed to interact with the objects. The admin can change what they can do or interact with. Setting up your own room doesn't require port forwarding or anything of that sort. You just click create and play! You can also play in a private room with friends. This is great if you want to play a friendly (or gruesome) board game with a friend who lives far away. The final mode is hotseat, which allows multiplayer with one computer. It's just singleplayer, but there are now turns and everyone is supposed to huddle around the computer like a real board game to play and take turns. This is great for playing games that you don't have with family or if you don't want to set up the entire game.
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The layout of most games.

Tabletop Simulator would be a very boring and forgettable game if it wasn't for one thing: the Steam Workshop. The Steam Workshop allows players to create any board/card game of their wishing and upload it for others to play with. This means that you can develop your own board games without having to pay money and play them with friends! This also means that you can recreate famous board games! Thanks to the workshop, you can play a game of Sorry, UNO, Monopoly, or Dungeons and Dragons online! This means that this simulator basically has the potential to hold every board game in existence! That's crazy!

Making board games does require a bit of knowledge in scripting and a lot of time and effort, but there are many great tutorials made by Berserk Games that will greatly aid you in creating the game of your dreams!

Playing the actual games is a lot of fun. The physics are fairly realistic, which can make it feel like you're playing a real board/card game. There aren't any restrictions in what you can do. You can spawn in a game of chess and instead of playing it, you can throw the pieces around. You can add your owns rules to the game and the Simulator won't restrict you (unless an admin does). It's basically a simulator of a real life game! Heck, you can even flip the table, which is the most satisfying thing you can do. The game won't limit you on what you can and cannot do. There's also tools you can use to enhance gameplay, such as a ruler, a crayon, and a hand that flicks things. You can change the type of table or the background! You can do everything and more with these games! Pretty much, it's playing a board/card game in real life but with extras. If you feel overwhelmed with all of this, there's a tutorial that will teach you all that you need to know.

If you want to really embrace the life of Tabletop Simulator, you can hook up a VR set and play like you're in the game. I haven't got to try this, but it looks like a blast and I hope to try it soon.

Controls

Tabletop Simulator controls mostly with the mouse. You control a cursor that can pick up, flick, draw, and more. You can pick up objects, rotate them, fling them, freeze them, and more! The controls are simplistic yet perfect, and they're fun to use. You can use the keyboard to use the voice chat in game, type, and do a couple of commands.

Music

There is little music in Tabletop Simulator. Besides the main menu, the music is pretty much non-existent. You can spawn music in though with mods from the Steam Workshop though.

Lasting Appeal

Tabletop Simulator will last you forever. It's every board and card game you can dream of in one game, and it's a tool for making games. It's a bargain for only $20. Even if you were to run out of games to download, there's DLC in the game, although it's only high quality board games. Either way, you'll be playing this game for a very long time!
Verdict
Pros
+ Unlimited Board and Card games
+ Tons of customizability
+ Great replay value
+ Online and local multiplayer
+ Able to create your own games
Cons
- Almost no music
- Uninnovative Art Style
8 Presentation
Although the game looks great, the art style isn't very inspired and unique. Don't expect too much from graphics.
9 Gameplay
Tabletop SImulator is so much fun to play. Whether it's a civilized game of chess or a mayhem of throwing pieces at one another, it's always a blast to play with friends, strangers, yourself, or family!
10 Lasting Appeal
Tabletop Simulator will last you years and years to come. With it's unlimited amount of games to play, multiplayer, and an engine that allows YOU to build your own games, this game is endless!
9.8
out of 10
Overall (not an average)
Tabletop Simulator offers a great way to play Board and Card games with anyone while doing it in a simplistic yet fun way. Check out this game, it's a must have!


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