CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Rio Grande Games Carcassonne - The Castle
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- A standalone game in the popular Carcassonee series
- For 2 players
- Takes 30-45 minutes to play
- Fun twist on a classic game
- Tile-laying game
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Gameplay is fun (not overly difficult, feels like fun not like work)
Playing time is 30-45 mins (we'll play after dinner on a work night)
Multiple types of strategies will work and have the potential to win
2-player game (this game is ONLY a two player game, see Carcassonne for the muli-player version, it's hard to find a good game that plays optimally with just two people)
Small table footprint (we can play on the coffee table from the couch rather than at the dinning room table)
Price (this is a GREAT deal for the number of hours we enjoyed it in the FIRST DAY ALONE)
Wish the pieces fit more snuggly in the box, they tend to rattle around a bit, a fabric bag to hold the pieces would be very nice, but for the price of the game, I'm happy to come up with a solution to this problem on my own.
Carcassonne: The Castle, let's you and a buddy (or enemy) play on a different setting, with a few changes to the classic Carcassonne formula to mix it up. Among the important changes is a more defined playing space, with the castle walls acting as a pool where you can lay your tiles. Also, there are specific points where tiles must be placed to begin construction of walls or buildings. Once placed, you have more room to work with, but it clearly demands a different approach to the standard game.
There are also some bonus pieces that can be grabbed by scoring a specific number of points. These earn bonuses that come into play during the game or at the end of it. These can impact the game by a considerable ammount, so I suggest you try them out to determine if you want to use them or not. This goes back to my luck comment made at the beginning. Then again, the draw of the tiles is also random, so if you still want to say it's all about luck, go ahead.
I've enjoyed this game. If gives a few different choices to score with, is a bit quicker than the standard game with it's many expansions and can be a good way to get someone that is very competitive into games.
-You start with a specific boundary and build in toward the center, instead of spreading outward, as in the original.
-Any side of a tile may be placed next to any other (except for roads, which must connect). In the original, you had to place tiles so the adjacent sides matched.
-You score no points at game's end for any unfinished features.
-Several spaces along the scoring track contain tokens that allow you to either take an extra turn, score points for unfinished features, or gain some other type of bonus, but only if you stop exactly on those spaces.
Having played the original frequently, I found myself initially wanting to match the tiles I drew with adjacent features on other tiles. After a couple of games, I figured out that the strategy with "The Castle" is to try to acquire as many of the bonus tokens as possible by landing exactly on those spaces of the scoring track before your opponent does. Often this is accomplished by placing tiles adjacent to features that don't match, so you can complete something for the exact amount of points you need to get the next bonus token.
It's fun and plays in about 30-45 minutes, but I find the game to be more restrictive (having a boundary and building from the outside in) than the original. This is just a personal preference, and not a flaw in design. If you have a small gaming area (like a rectangular coffee table), this might actually be a good thing. I also usually play the original with one or more expansion sets to add variety.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great game for two people. It's easy to learn, take only about 20 minutes to play and is different each time. So happy to find this online.Published 14 months ago by Sharon Haddock
My wife and I enjoy this variant of Carcassonne. Unlike the regular game this one is confined to a walled off kingdom and it is essentially a race to collect (and use) bonus tiles... Read morePublished 17 months ago by typo_kign
An interesting 2 person take on the classic tile game Carcassone. Very approachable and a fun way to spend an hour.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
We are big fans of Carcassonne Basic Game, and think it is great for two players. So, I was not sure this two-player version would be either necessary or worthwhile. Read morePublished 21 months ago by El Tonio
My wife and I are always looking for good two player games, since it is a lot easier to play together then it is to get people to come over for a game night. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Legal Gamer
With a wall all around the city, this plays very differently than regular Carcassonne, but it is challenging and funPublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are looking into this product I will assume you have played Carcassonne before.
The game is faster and shorter, this is great for a two player round. Read more