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  • 2 players
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.8 x 8 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • ASIN: B000KIEN32
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,202 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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For the daring and adventurous, there are many lost cities to explore. They are in the Himalayas, the ever-shifting sands of the desert, the Brazilian rain forest, ancient volcanoes and in Neptune's Realm. With limited resources the players must choose which expeditions to begin. Those with high confidence may want to up the stakes. This increases the rewards for success, but risks more should the expedition fail. The player who finds the right balance will achieve victory. Reiner Knizia is the author of this game designed for two players. It takes about 30 minutes to play.

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This a simple game, easy to learn, and lots of fun.
mad dog dad
The strategies, however, are numerous, and there is an equal amount of luck as skill involved in good gameplay.
Atomicwasteland
I've been looking for a fun game to play with the wife for a while now.
James Wyatt

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Wood on February 8, 2008
My husband and I play this almost every night when we get home from work. It's addictive and can be played at the spur of the moment for as long or as short as you want. The math is simple, just adding single numbers. It is just plain FUN. Whoever designed it was really clever. There is just the right mix of strategy and luck and the pictures take you away as well. We yell and laugh as it can be maddening and a tease but it's all part of the fun.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on November 8, 2007
I wouldn't call it a math game, though you do have to do simple math to calculate your score. During play, you have to try to get the value of each stack (adding up the cards) up to 20 before the round ends, but that's all the math you really need to know to play the game. It's much more a strategy game. This is a neat twist on traditional card games with the basic premise of arranging numbered cards in order to maximize your score. Each round goes very quickly and if you don't pay attention, you and up losing a lot of points because the round ends before you finished putting down the cards you wanted to play.

All around great game (with a little math to do).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Davis on November 29, 2008
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This is the best adult game for two people we have ever found. You can play quickly or as long as you choose. This is a great game to keep the mind sharp as well as great fun. It has a board for discards, but it is a card game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian B. Cooper on April 25, 2014
Apparently it's about exploring the world and seeking lost cities, but when you start playing, you soon realize that this game could be about driving to work, gardening, house-cleaning, dishwashing - virtually anything. The only thematic element is the artwork.

Not sure why this game gets such high praise. It's all about counting card values, and is about as exciting as homework.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Atomicwasteland VINE VOICE on December 4, 2007
This game is a great way to pass twenty to thirty minutes. It is very easy to learn and does not have any pieces to lose, or money to count. The strategies, however, are numerous, and there is an equal amount of luck as skill involved in good gameplay.

I really liked how the game could ONLY be played with two people, as I was tired of games that COULD be played with two, but which were really meant to be enjoyed by three or more...

Game Contents: 1 deck of game cards, and one small board. Note: If you want to make this game really portable you don't even need to bring the board. It is just a place to put discarded cards and a way to help organize your cards. As long as you have a pencil and paper for scoring at the end of the game, you can play it everywhere that you have a table. (I figure you need as much space to lay down your cards as the size of a typical Monopoly board).

Playing Note: One thing that was initially a little confusing to us when we were reading the instructions, was that the instructions do not explain that you are to place your cards on the opposite side of the board as your opponent. You can each play all 5 expeditions, in a head to head manner. We were sitting on a couch at a coffee table, and we had turned the board horizontally to face us (instead of vertically) and the instructions were confusing until we moved the board 90 degrees. The game designers assumed that you would play the game as one would play a game of checkers, sitting across from one another, but you don't actually have to play this way, even though you DO need to turn your board for the same effect.

This game is really fun and I would highly recommend other games from the same manufacturer (Rio Grande Games). They really have a knack for publishing great strategy games. They even release expansion sets to their popular games, and they credit the players who gave them the ideas for the expansion cards. Pretty neat!
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I had very good reviews for this game so I bought it. It was a disappointment. The theme is non existent, its just mechanically drawing and placing numbered cards in order. The only strategy was holding the cards your opponent needs in your hand until the game ends. I feel i bought an overpriced regular deck of playing cards.
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After one play of this game I hated it.

After two plays I tolerated it.

Now, I thoroughly enjoy it.

I didn't really 'hate' it after one play, but it seemed to be entirely luck based (a la Phase-10) and I got frustrated after failing repeatedly to draw useful cards. But there is strategy involved in playing the odds and the luck actually adds an exciting element without completely dictating the outcome.

It's remarkably simple to learn and set up is a breeze. My wife and I enjoy playing games like Dominion, Alhambra: Big Box, and Pandemic, but setup and play time for those games is prohibitive some nights. Enter Lost Cities, a game that is set up in less than a minute and finished in 10-30.

I've read reviews that state this game can be played with a couple decks of playing cards, but there are 5 'suits' in Lost Cities, so standard 52 card decks would not fully replicate the actual Lost Cities game.

This is a small, portable 2-player game with outstanding replay value!
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