Board Game Gumbo is pleased to present a brand new review from a brand new reviewer!  Allison V is a long time gamer, who comes from a family that has played traditional board and card games for years until discovering games like Ticket to Ride and Azul.  She is a graphic artist by trade and loves Disney even more than BJ does. Here’s Allison with her review:

Aromatherapy has been used for a variety of remedial purposes since the time of Ancient Egyptians. From repelling insects to relieving nausea, essential oils have a number of uses in the everyday household. However, have you ever thought of using essential oils as the primary components of a board game? Or even using your sense of smell at all during a game?

Sure, there are some games out there made to test your sense of smell. WowWee What’s That Smell? The Party Game That Stinks! is one that comes to mind. However, if you’re like me and aren’t enticed by smells named “Diaper Blowout” and “Extra Old Toe Cheese”, there aren’t many smell-related board games that I’m interested in.

If by some miracle you do find a scent sensory game that doesn’t make you queasy, it’s usually played using scratch-and-sniff pieces. While these games are great for a time, scratch-and-sniff paper or stickers have an unfortunate tendency to wear out, losing any and all scent after just a few months. You then either have to spend more money to purchase new pieces to play the game, or you have a box full of scentless paper stashed in the back of your closet collecting dust.

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Aroma: A Game of Essence is a new way to use all-natural essential oils that doesn’t intentionally include nauseating smells (that being said, I never could have imagined how bad marigold smelled before playing this game). Also, because this game includes bottles of strong smelling oil rather than lightly scented paper, you’ll have this game around for years rather than months.

As an unintended bonus feature during these crazy times, this game doubles as a quick-and-easy COVID-19 screening. If any player is unable to smell these highly concentrated oils, I would send them to a walk-in clinic as soon as you finish playing.

However, if everyone’s sense of smell remains intact, and you’re ready to put your nose to the test, this game may be for you.  

(For the rest of the review, including gorgeous pictures of the game taken by Allison V, click here.)

Originally posted at Punch Board Media