Board game, wheel of fortune, a vast narrative spanning thousands of years -- 7 Grand Steps is a strange beast. Through simple slot machine mechanics, choose-your-own-adventure scenarios, and eventually actual strategy, one bloodline makes their way through a massive slice of human history, spinning a unique, if almost arbitrary, impersonal story.
One-more-turn syndrome -- the deadly illness that turns minutes into hours and days into nights -- drives the game forward, and I found myself still playing long after I realized I was actually rather bored. It's as insidious as a fruit machine or a one-armed bandit, but deeper. Is it more rewarding? Well, you won't end up with the chance of a big payout at the end, but the millennium-spanning narrative might be worth the ride.... read more