I’ve decided to start doing short, but comprehensive, reviews on Board Games and Card Games I buy. At work me and the individuals I play with enjoy playing abstract games. Unlike Monopoly, Scrabble, and every game you played as a child, the games we play contain a decent amount of strategy. Most of us being computer geeks, these types of games tend to fit right in.
Citadels is a card game which supports 2-7 players. There are few good games that support such a vast number, and thus for that reason alone this game is amazing.
The rules are easy to pick up for all players which makes it enjoyable for everyone. The point of the game is to build a variety of valuable districts. There are five types of districts and these types influence resource gain for the different players. The game ends when a player reaches eight districts; however that player does not necicarly win. The victor of the game is the one with the most valuable city (plus a few points here and there for having one type of each district and for getting to eight districts by the end of the game). At first I felt the game didn’t have much strategy, but after a few rounds my mind was just blow away from the strategic complexity this game offers.
Play time: 45-60 minutes
Material Quality: 7/10
Replay Value: 9/10
Overall Score: 7.75/10
I purchased my copy from Amazon.com for about $16. The game on Amazon.com INCLUDES the expansion which adds more characters and district cards. So don’t think you’ll need to buy that too!