By Outset Media

Reviewed for Middle School, 2009

Artifact

What if Indiana Jones designed the Monopoly board? He might end up with something like Artifact, a globe-trotting game that challenges players to recover ancient stolen works of art. Players collect artifacts through negotiation and luck, build artifact recovery teams in a variety of countries, and learn about geography and ancient art along the way. Getting the rules straight can take some time, but that's because this game has some nice complexity that makes play rewarding once the rules are mastered. Trust us, it's worth it! (Outset Media, $22.17)