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- For 2 to 6 players
- Playtime of 45 to 60 minutes
- Moorish theme
- It is a board game
- City building tile and cards
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Instead of building a countryside, you're building your own estate from tiles that are placed out on the main board and purchased using various denominations of "currency" that you also need to select. The room tiles and currency available are drawn items, so one is never sure what will come up on the next go.
Mixed in with the currency cards are scoring cards and when one is drawn, everyone totals up their points. Play continues until there are no more room tiles to be placed into play from the bag.
Everyone's building his/her own Alhambra, competing to have the most of a particular type of room or longest continuous wall. You can strategize and plan as much as possible, but there's the "luck" element with the various room tiles, currency cards and never knowing exactly when a scoring card will turn up.
It's a fun game, fairly easy to grasp on the first go, and has expansions that can be purchased separately to change the types of rooms and so on. Alhambra is one of my favorite game night games.
Obtaining new tiles is part chance and part strategy; each player can purchase from only the four tiles available at the beginning of each turn. Purchased tiles are then replaced with ones from the draw pile. Tiles are purchased using currency cards. On each turn, you must decide whether to buy a tile or take a currency card to build up your cash reserve for a future purchase.
Alhambra is easy to learn and takes about 45 minutes to play. The components are made of high quality materials. As with most other European games, Alhambra features no direct player conflict. The only way to stick it to another player is to choose a tile or currency card that they had their eye on (which does happen quite often). A number of expansion sets are also available that add more depth and strategy. All in all, Alhambra is a great family game that's accessible to new players but strategic enough to keep players coming back for more.
For $10 more dollars I might as well add a few expansions.
That being said. We havent started using the expansions YET. If we buy a boxed set. I want to try the original game a few times before adding in the expansions.
So this may go up or down.
I think visually it's a beautifully exquisite game, that by it's self, for me is a big pull on this game.
I like the game mechanics. You are building your Alhambra (home) and you hire workers from all over the continent. They of course wish to be paid in the currency of there homelands. So you have to purchase your construction additions with the correct currency. You also have to think ahead as to which tiles you need and why, as well as being able to pay for them with the correct currency.
The components store nicely in the box. The tiles are durable. The currency cards... well, I have some concerns of long term use. I would have rather had the coins they depict on the cards and pulled them from another bag. Which they gave you a BAG for the tiles... there is another game of tiles, who should have done that! I love games that provide a Point track system. This one is like that of Ticket to Ride / Stone Age. I LOVE how they worked the point track into the art work.
There is a good balance between Luck and Strategy. It's not so much like that you really don't have any choices but at the same time if you mess up on a move or two or are new to the game it's okay. In that way it's a Great Family Game.
It's a FUN game. My kids 6-9-12 maybe not as thrilled with it as their Mother. They've been willing to play it but I am usually the one who asks to play it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun, easy to learn, a game doesn't last too long and you can vary the number of players. Good mix of chance and strategy.Published 18 days ago by Dannygirl
My husband is a long time boardgamer and had taught my parents this game. They LOVED it. We bought this set for them for Christmas and it has been used continuously since then. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Jilly6
Fun game, but definitely should have gotten the Big Box with all of the additions which make the game more interesting.Published 2 months ago by WG
This is a fun game with unfortunate color choices. This game involves acquiring colored cards which are used to buy colored tiles. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JC
We got the product missing the player markers.
The biggest problem with this game is that it uses color codes for two separate things which messes up your mind. Read more
Alhambra is a fine game. Very fun, Very addictive. It's got a unique system of currency exchange. Instead of one money type it has four money types in which is used to buy... Read morePublished 7 months ago by THE GAME MASTER
Like many of these type of board games it's a bit complicated to learn (thus only 4 stars). But once you get it it's a lot of fun to play.Published 17 months ago by Tag Jones
This game is a lot of fun! It's a simpler strategic game enjoyed by everyone who's played it with my husband & I.Published 22 months ago by Harmony Reed