Last time around, we rounded up games #10-6 on our list of the top 10 board games of 2011. With the new year upon us, it's time to look at what other top-of-the-class titles from last year should be hitting your table in 2012. Hopefully you've got a reliable gaming partner, as the one most noticeable trend in this top 5 is that 2011 was a fantastic year for 2-player games.

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If you've ever attempted to play Street Fighter but just didn't have the joystick wielding skills necessary to pull off a victory, then I've got the perfect game for you. Yomi is a 1-vs-1 card game that aims to bottle up all of the mental strategy used by professional Street Fighter players while leaving out all of the finger-twisting dexterity.

You may recognize the game's creator, David Sirlin, as the designer of the recent Street Fighter HD Remix video game and Puzzle Strike: Bag of Chips which we reviewed here on MTV Geek a few weeks back, so he's definitely got the right resume for the job. The big question here is whether a fighting game can still be fun without the controller, or if it simply feels like half of a game. Read on for the full review to find out:

Just the Facts:

Players: 2
Playing Time: 30 minutes
Age: 10 to Adult
Publisher: Sirlin Games
MSRP: $25 (2 decks) / $100 (10-deck Complete First Edition)
Release: January 2011

The Gameplay:

At it's core, Yomi uses a rock-paper-scissors mechanic to represent the various types fighting game moves and the different strengths they hold over each other. These attacks, dodges, throws, and blocks are each assigned to the cards of a standard poker deck, and just like a true fighting game, player must begin by selecting a character. There are ten to choose from in Yomi, and each comes with its own unique abilities.

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Take one part puzzle video game and mix it with one part card game, and you've got a recipe for Puzzle Strike: Bag of Chips. Designed by Street Fighter veteran and overall game theory guru David Sirlin, Puzzle Strike is a fast-paced puzzle combat game that draws inspiration from one of Sirlin's past projects, Super Puzzle Fighter HD Remix for XBLA and PSN. It's not often that video games get adapted into tabletop games, and even rarer when they are worth your time. Puzzle Strike most definitely is, so read on for the full review:

Just the Facts:

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 20 minutes
Age: 8 to adult
Publisher: Sirlin Games
MSRP: $59.99 ($9.99 for downloadable print-and-play set)
Release: June 2011 (2nd Edition)

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