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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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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.8 x 7.5 inches ; 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007V1LTG
  • Item model number: 4098789
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,694 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

The imposing silhouette of Carcassonne sits like a throne in the light of the setting sun. The city also acts as a fortress, protecting those who live there with its impenetrable walls. Visit the city to discover its many features and to learn why it is so magnificent. An exciting tile-laying competition between two players. Inside the castle walls, the city grows as the players place tiles and their followers: knights to guard the towers, heralds to spread the news, and merchants to sell their wares in the markets. The player who makes better use of his followers will lead the race around the castle wall, which is also the scoring track for the game. There are several items waiting on the castle was for the first player to reach them. Each will prove useful to the player who acquires. This stand-alone game in the popular Carcassonne series players is for two players and takes 30-45 minutes to play.

From the Manufacturer

The imposing silhouette of Carcassonne sits like a throne in the Light of the setting sun. The city also acts as a fortress, protecting those who live there with its in penetrable walls. Visit the city to discover its many features and to learn why it is so magnificent. It is an exciting tile-laying competition between two players. Inside the castle walls, the city grows as the players place tiles and their followers: knights to guard the towers, heralds to spread the news, and merchants to sell their wares in the markets. The player who makes better use of his followers will lead the race around the castle wall, which is also the scoring track for the game. There are several items waiting on the castle wall for the first player to reach them. Each will prove useful to the player who acquires. This is a stand-alone game in the popular Carcassonne series that is for 2 players ages 8 and up. It takes 30-45 minutes to play.

Customer Reviews

This is the best 2 player game my wife and I have ever played.
Cory Poole
The first time through will take you awhile to figure out how to play but it's easy to play after that.
W. Nagy
We are big fans of Carcassonne Basic Game, and think it is great for two players.
El Tonio

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Phillips on January 31, 2010
I'm not a gamer, but was looking for a good two player game for my wife and I to play together. This game is excellent, it's strategy, but not so much strategy that you are spending 30 minutes each turn thinking about what the best move to make is. Learning the game is fairly simple, we just needed to read through the rules once, played a practice game to get a feel for the strategy, and from there I think we felt pretty good about understanding rules and how to employ some different strategies. First day we started playing I think we played 7 games.

Likes:
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)

Dislikes:
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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BMorrill on April 14, 2009
My family got this game for Christmas several years ago, and we're hooked! Our game board has been in constant use since then. The first time through is slow as you figure out the rules and strategies, but after that, it's a blast. A combination of both skill and luck, Castle is a different game each time you play it (based on how the tiles are drawn) and the perfect competition for two players. My dad and I have Castle tournaments when I visit my parents, and it can be anyone's game! Highly recommended for people who enjoy other two player games like chess, checkers, backgammon, and cribbage.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Wade Mettlen on December 26, 2010
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Ok, first let me say as a stand alone game, I would rate this one is just ok. It's sort of fun and replayable, and its fairly easy to pick up and play. The problem I have with it is I felt it was a waste of money. Buy the original Carcissonne. It is playable with two people, just fine, but you can also bump it up to 5 people to play in groups. The castle game doesn't allow more than two people, and it is less fun than the original. It feels more constrained with less options and creativity in the construction of your city. I bought this version to play with my wife because it was supposed to be better for 2 players than the original, but it just wasn't. It sets on the shelf while the original is always popular choice on game night. Buy the original, you'll get more for your money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel V. Velazquez on December 11, 2009
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Many people seem to think that some games are best played by two people. This allows you to get face to face with a competitor and leave little chance of blame to a third party for your defeat. It's a risky proposition, and a lot of people also can't play games of this type for that very reason. It's all on you. Or you can always blame it on luck.

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.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Sondag on February 12, 2009
I own "The Castle" and "Hunters and Gatherers." My wife and I enjoy this game, but have determined that the "bonus" wall tiles frequently make the game quite lopsided. We found that Hunters and Gatherers is our preferred game. It is not only fun for two, but can also accommodate up to five.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Christensen on February 7, 2013
I most often play the original Carcassonne with only one other player, so when I saw this variant specifically for 2 players, I thought it was worth a try. If you have played the original, you should note these differences:

-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.
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