Colosseum Board Game
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- Colosseum is suitable for 3 to 5 players
- ages 10 and up
- playing time 60 to 90 minutes. Ranked #165 on www.BoardGameGeek.com
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Players take on the role of a colosseum event planner. Your goal: to put on a spectacle so awe inspiring that you draw the largest crowd. The player with the highest amount of spectators at any one of their events is declared the winner.
There are five turns in the game. Each turn is broken down into five phases. The first phase allows players to invest. Will you expand your arena? Maybe you should buy some season tickets to beef up your spectator score. Or you could buy an emperor's loge which gives you the ability to move the Emperor or Senators into your arena.
In phase two, players purchase asset tokens. Each program requires certain assets (such as comedians, musicians, lions, horses, etc). The more assets you have, the more spectators you will attract. Players bid on the assets of their choice. The highest bidder gets the assets.
Players are allowed to trade assets with other players in phase three. During phase 4, you will be putting on your event. You score points based upon how many spectators you attract. Collect your coins. Then it's phase five which is an upkeep phase. After five turns, the player with the highest score is the winner.
This game has a lot going for it. The production values are high. There are lots of bits and the bits are of high quality. The box comes with a tray that holds everything. Indeed, there is even a picture with instructions on how to store your nice new "Colosseum" game. The board and tiles are beautiful. The player aids have all the information you need to play. The icons are easily recognized by color and image.Read more ›
There are tons of tiles, cards, tokens, and colosseum parts, and a big board, all very sturdy and nice looking. There's a cloth bag to hold the tiles. The box is packaged very well and even includes a sheet to explain where all the parts go (to make sure you can get it all back in the box).
This is just a shade more complicated to learn than games like Ticket to Ride, but it's easy once you get the hang of it. There is some fairly easy strategy and decision making, and there is some auctioning and trading, but again it's very controlled (shouldn't be much bickering). Figure out how to upgrade your colosseum, gather the resources you need, and put on the best show possible to score the most points and win.
My only disappointment is its not a two player game (3 to 5 only)--sometimes I have trouble finding a group to play. Definitely recommended.
Here are the things I like about it:
- Beautifully and richly illustrated board and pieces
- The money and various tile pieces are made of durable, thick compressed cardboard
- Game play is fun and engaging
- You can play with up to 5 players
- Rules are somewhat detailed, but after going through 2 or 3 of the five rounds, the strategy is fairly intuitive
- Nicely organized box to keep the many, many pieces compartmentalized
- The nature of the game allows for many choices during game play, making it so you never play the same game twice. There are several strategies to choose from, and it is fun to see what works and what doesn't from one game to the next.
Things I don't like about it:
- There are SO many pieces. This means set up takes a relatively long time and there are a lot of little tiles and rules you have to explain when teaching someone to play. The benefit of all the different pieces, of course, is that they offer more strategies to choose from to keep game play fresh.
- My husband and I played this game with various friends and family, and it got to the point where we didn't want to introduce it to new people because explaining the rules is such a chore. If you are going to be playing with the same group of people, this won't be an issue as it is fairly easy to pick up on after you've played once, but explaining the game to someone new every time you play gets exhausting.Read more ›
I wasn't that interested in it from the game description, but my husband got it and I absolutely adore it. Forces you to make decisions like "which upgrade will help me out most in the end," and "Should I even upgrade or save my money for resources because if I don't get the resources I won't be able to make as much money this turn, but if I don't get the upgrade now, I'll never be able to get any higher than such and such a level."
Game consists of 5 rounds, each of which has 5 steps (takes longer than you think), involves trading with others. There are multiple ways of making money in the 5th step- which is important for investing, but which means absolutely nothing to you at the end of the game if it is still in your hand.
A different game in that each of the 5 rounds are scored separately... Your score does not cumulate or add to the previous scores- neither is it a "best 3/5" rounds type of game... but simply the best score of any player in any round wins...
It is not uncommon for you to make less points than a previous round one time in the game, but So far that I've played, the winner has always been someone who made the most points in the last round.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
my wife and my favorite game. sadly, we cant play it as often as we'd like since 3 players are required. Read morePublished 6 months ago by aQuixRuby
This board game is a LOT of fun. Games typically last 2-4 hours, so be ready for an extended session. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dillon
Looks complicated but really is not that hard to play. There are some concepts that make the game very fun and different than any other board game out there. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by Grabermeister
For me, the single best thing about this game is that there is essentially zero "down time" while everyone else takes their turns. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by N. Christensen
I bought this game a while back and finally read the rules. After playing it the first time is has been a favorite to play with my family and friends. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Bodyguard
I am a fan of Days of Wonder's games, and Colosseum lives up to all that I have come to expect from them. Read morePublished on October 28, 2010 by Matt Rowe
As a fan of strategy board games, Colosseum does not disappoint. If you've played The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, or similar games, you probably will like this game... Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by Neera
It tests logic skills. Not much random chance and best played with 4 or 5 players. Usually an hour and 45 min to 2 hours to play. Great family game with older kids.Published on February 6, 2010 by J. Kempton
I really like this game. Bought one for each of my two sons and their families to play.Published on January 23, 2010 by Bonnie Woolstenhulme