Injawara: The OneShot of Board Games

So, I’m going to do another solo game on Board Game Arena. This time, it’s going to be a game I never touched: Injawara. I have no idea how to play the game, so I will tackle the game at least three times. The first time will be blind, the second time will be with knowledge on the rules, and then the third time being a final “I know everything now” game.

Alright, so the look of the board when I began play looks very amazing and detailed. Looking at the resources I need to move and the eventual challenge pieces I have been given, this game looks at third world country problems, such as child mortality and AIDs. The mechanics indicate a co-op game akin to Pandemic, where you all play against the board, hence why the game is soloable. An interesting mechanic is that to solve a problem, you must answer a trivia question regarding the challenge at hand. As I began to understand the situation, I get hit with a game over.

Now I’m going to look at the rules and see how much I got right and what I need to do overall to beat the game. So, I was correct that this was a co-op game and that it plays like Pandemic, only instead of it being a disease ravaging the world, it’s third world country problems ravaging the third world. So, with that idea in mind and knowing what I can do to fix the problems, I try again.

Unfortunately, it appears the game doesn’t want to load for me. Despite loading it again and again, it doesn’t fully load and allow me to play. I tried just one more time, but I got locked out. And I know it’s this game in particular because I opened up Thermopyles thrice and got it going just fine. What a poor case of programming. And unfortunately, that is where I’m going to have to end Injawara. Because for some reason, Board Game Arena just doesn’t want me to play it. There seems to be only one way to fix it and that’s by going into Hotseat mode, but the second time I tried, Board Game Arena conveniently made it a premium feature. So, yeah, it’s as though I am not allowed to play this game again and I’m pretty frustrated and disappointed at Board Game Arena. This game gets so little Google search results that I’m convinced it’s a game that time forgot. At this rate, playing Cactus Solo would be a better use of my time than trying to get this to work. Because at least that I can play!

Maybe Injawara is supposed to be played this way. You only have one chance to save the world. You fail? Too bad. It won’t fix itself. Damn… Legacy Games don’t even have that claim to fame since you can always just buy another board game or use a Virtual Tabletop. Perhaps it’ll be fixed one day, and I’ll return to it with a fresher perspective. Until then though, I’m just gonna assume that I had destroyed a world because of my experimental playing.

The bottom line: game is interesting, just wished I can play it some more.

I’ll get a different game going in just a bit.

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