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Cathedral Classic


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  • Challenge your opponent to a game of strategy with Cathedral Classic from Family Games
  • This logical thinking puzzle pits 2 players against each other as they battle to build castles on the game board
  • Block and outmaneuver your opponent while claiming territory for yourself, and you'll win the game
  • Made of beautifully finished hardwood
  • For 2 players ages 8 and up
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 3.7 x 11.3 inches ; 3.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00000IZXG
  • Item model number: 607
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,088 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Cathedral Classic from Family Games is a beautiful version of the popular Cathedral game. To win this classic strategy game, you must battle to gain the most space as you build castles on the game board. If you can block and out-maneuver your opponent at every turn, you'll claim the victory. With its beautifully finished hardwood game pieces, the game looks different every time you play. Cathedral is an elegant game that includes an all-wood game board and castle pieces in a variety of shapes and sizes. Recommended for 2 players ages 8 and up. Board dimensions: 11'' x 3.5'' x 11''. Family Games is committed to selling safe, creative games of the highest quality. Our products are manufactured using environmentally safe and socially responsible methods. All the wood used in manufacturing was either from surplus wood from furniture factories or farmed trees from re-growth forests.

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Just as it is in a modern metropolis, space is at a premium in the game of Cathedral. This game is a developer's dream! Cathedral challenges two players to place as many buildings as possible within the walls of a medieval city. There are two sets (light and dark) of hardwood buildings of various sizes. To begin the game, one player places the cathedral on the grid of the walled city. Then the two players vie for the remaining land. Their goal is to place their own buildings while thwarting their opponent's land-grabbing tendencies. If a player can completely surround one of his/her opponent's buildings, that building is removed from the board and the space gobbled up by a different building. The game ends up resembling a puzzle that must be thoughtfully pieced together. The winner is the player whose unplaced buildings would occupy the least amount of space in the city. Fans of chess should enjoy exercising their strategizing muscles on this one. The hardwood board measures 9.25 inches square. --Wendy Slotboom

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Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this game for folks of all ages!!!!!
B. Caruso
The rules are relatively easy to learn and play proceeds quickly with time for conversation during the game.
clem crenshaw
The wood pieces feel substantial and are nice to hold, as is the wooden board.
S. R.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mouldy Pilgrim on September 14, 2005
"Cathedral" is a simple game to learn and one that will be quickly picked up by anyone who tries it.

The idea is to take over as much territory within a medieval town's walls as possible. You do this by placing your various buildings in strategic places within the playing area.

The game itself is made from wood, and the pieces are quite a good size. As such, they are durable and will last ages before any wear and tear begins to show.

I personally found myself quickly becoming bored with the game, as it does not seem to have the endless variety that a game such as chess can provide. The relative movements and strategies you can develop are fairly limited, in that sense.

However, "Cathedral" is different and it is simple. If there are only two players, it makes a quick, fast game to fill a few minutes with. However, should your inclincations be toward longer, more in-depth games, this is not the best of them.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2000
My son received this game as an 8 year-old. We played it for years, including during endless car trips, long after the cardboard box it came it had disintegrated. Eventually, we lost many pieces and put it aside. What a thrill to discover it is still being sold. Easy to learn, quickly played, always interesting, creates a level playing field for parents & kids. Two thumbs up for a great family game.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2001
The only limit in the fun of this game is the skill of your opponent. The better your opponent is, the better your strategy must be, and the more you will enjoy the game. I had Amazon send this to my nephews six months ago, and I played it for the first time with them over Thanksgiving 2001. What a great time we had! They never wanted to stop playing, and when their cousins arrived, everyone wanted to play. So we built an identical game, complete with a board, out of LEGO bricks so everyone could have a turn. I can't get this game out of my head, and have even made models of the board and pieces on my computer to pass the time. It is very addictive. My younger nephew really enjoyed playing, even though it was harder for him to master the strategies needed to win. However, it was his older brother who really improved his play by having the opportunity to play against a better player. No two games are the same, and it's very hard to predict how the ever-changing board will impact what pieces you can play. The wood is beautiful and the game has a quiet, old-fashioned elegance about it. But it is a fast, ruthless game of strategy. You won't regret adding it to your collection of games.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. F. Smith VINE VOICE on November 18, 2006
Cathedral is a great game. It can be learned in five minutes or less, though mastering it takes a while. However, unlike many other games that require strategic thinking, the game is fun from the beginning. One of its best features is that it can be played very quickly; a full match typically takes ten minutes or less. It's one of those rare games that balance complexity, fun, and time almost perfectly. (The "official" web site at [...] offers strategy guides, history, etc.)

The bonus feature is that the game is very good looking. It's visually appealing enough that it becomes an element of your decor sitting on your coffee table.

I generally evaluate games based on the amount of fun I have per unit of money I had to spend, and I rate Cathedral very highly by that measure. I'm glad I bought it, and I'd happily do it again.

One hint: When you get the game, make a diagram of how the pieces fit into the frame. They'll probably go in more than one way, but trust me, it can take a while to figure it out on your own when you finish playing and want to put everything back into the frame.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2000
My friends and I all play this game, it's a lot of fun. The rules are simple and easy to pick up, but the strategy is much harder. You can begin playing the game within five minutes of opening the box - playing it well takes quite a bit longer. I think the previous reviewer may have had a bit of bad luck - my set arrived intact and stayed that way for over a year, despite fairly heavy play. To date, I've had to repair one piece, following a week of play at Scout camp.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
The game of Cathedral is fun and utilizes the same thinking and reasoning in chess, but the game plays much much faster than a game of chess. The one thing I did not enjoy doing way regluing 10 of the pieces that had come apart in shipping. There is a note inside the box that some of the pieces may have come undone due to shipping and humidity. However 10 pieces seems excessive. Other than that, I love the game.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "dragon76n" on August 23, 2000
Although I can't comment directly on the durability of this specific set since I have a different version (Polystone Edition), I can say that Cathedral is a great game. It reminds me of other classics in challenge - like Chess & Go - but the games are much shorter, averaging about 5-10 minutes each. The rules are simple enough for everyone to catch onto easily, and there are even simple tournament rules for when you have more than 2 players around.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Caruso VINE VOICE on December 1, 2001
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Cathedral is alot of fun...my husband and I enjoy games that require strategic thinking(9 men's morris is the best!)
This game is alot of fun and quite addictive! It's also pleasing to have a beautifully crafted, high quality wood game. the only problem we had was that one of the pieces was received unglued but that was easily repaired!
I highly recommend this game for folks of all ages!!!!!
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