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Hanging Gardens Game – May 27, 2008

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Product Details

  • Game
  • Publisher: Rio Grande Games (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0018PSB7A
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin D. Lott on January 26, 2009
In mid-2008 I started noticing some of my buddies playing this little game quite a lot. It was one that I'd never really heard about, so it made me curious why it was getting played so much. Thankfully, a good friend brought a copy to our house and taught us how to play. It didn't take long before it ascended to the top of my wishlist. And, after receiving a copy on my birthday, I've played it a lot.

What do you get with Hanging Gardens? In the box is a game board, a deck of building cards, 4 starting cards, a pile of scoring tiles, a start player marker, and 5 wooden temples in 4 different colors.

How does Hanging Gardens work? The tiles are shuffled and 6 of them are placed face-up on the board. Each player gets a starting card that has 6 squares of prepared land, and a set of temples. Each round 4 cards are flipped up (or 3 in a 3-player game). The cards depict a grid of 6 squares but some of the squares have buildings on them while others have more prepared land. Then player's take turns selecting a card to place in their garden. The primary rule is that any buildings depicted on that card must be placed on top of land that has already been prepared. In other words a building can never hang off of other cards so that it would be touching the table underneath. Turns continue in this manner.

When a player places a card and it makes a group of 3 or more of the same type of building, the player may choose to score that grouping by placing a temple on one square of the group. Then the player gets to take a tile. If the group was 3 squares big the player can only choose from 2 of the face-up tiles, and if it was 4 they can choose from 4, and if it was 5 they can choose from all 6.
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The game is easy to setup and learn. It works best with two or four players. The goal is to collect tiles to earn the most victory points. To collect tiles you must create gardens using cards illustrated with a variety of architectural components. When arranged into contiguous groups, a temple may be placed on the group, enabling you to collect a tile. The fun and challenge is fitting the cards together to create the groups. The temple placement adds a strategic element to the game, as the placement affects grouping later in the game.

While fun for adults to play, it is also educational for younger players as it helps develop spatial reasoning skills.
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By M. Williams on August 1, 2014
Great game, so much fun. Arrived in perfect condition.
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