Gigamic Pylos Classic Game
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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But rather than just continually taking from your reserve of spheres, you want to make moves that either allow you to move a sphere from one place on the board to another, or another move that actually lets you take one or two spheres back. At the same time, you don't want to let your opponent have these openings.
(A sphere can be moved within the board if it goes 'upstairs', that is, on top of the center of a 2x2 of spheres. You can take one or two of your spheres back when you make a 2x2 where all four spheres are your own color. You could almost imagine yourself using similar strategies as you use when playing the 'box' game on paper. As you avoid some situations, you will find yourself trying to put your opponent in dilemmas where whatever they do will leave you an opening.)
So the principles are easy. However, I also think that the game situations are somewhat limited as a result, and while this is a great way to spend 10-20 minutes, it won't be as interesting as other games.
This is a very good game for children who are good at seeing visual relationships; I would expect that any child that enjoys Othello will also enjoy this.
I would recommend this for family and classroom play. In a classroom, this woud be perfect for indoor recess since it can be played quickly. It is also a great game for math class - logic, strategy and reasoning all in one!
The strategy comes in even as the first few pieces are placed on the board; if you can get a "square" formed (4 balls of your color adjacent to each other on the same level), you can remove any 1 or 2 of your pieces (that don't support other pieces) and put them back in your reserve.
I love the polished wood playing pieces and I think the game is more than just quality coffee table art - though it is that. It really is an enjoyable board game and one that can be played again and again without becoming tedious. Pylos is also a Great mind game for our Kids. I suspect that explains the Mensa Select Awards it has won.
As one other reviewer of Pylos said, "The lamb chops were tender and flavoured very well." ... but I think they were talking about a New York restaurant of the same name.
This game is dull to play - that's the bottom line.
I bought this game a couple years ago. We played it a few times to learn it, but had no further interest. We have not played it since, and we might never play it again.
The goal is to force your opponent to use his spheres to build the wide base of the pyramid, so that you retain a higher number of spheres and thus have the best chance of playing the final top ball - which is the one move that determines the winner and loser.
There are one or two obvious strategies. A better player could implement those strategies better, and thus win.
Yet when we played we felt that the types of things to consider were rather one dimensional, move after move.
This game deserves 2-3 stars. Physically the game is well made.
If my pal wanted to play Pylos with me, sure I'd be happy to indulge him. But if I wanted to suggest a game that I thought my pal would enjoy, I would never suggest Pylos. Instead...
Try Quoridor, or Kamisado, or Khet, or Twixt (if you can find it).
For a casual group try Quirkle Cubes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My grandsons had a good time with this game over Christmas, and are still continuing to use it. Nicely made. Good instructions.Published 6 months ago by JRH
Pylos is good fun - like a lot of games, a few minutes to learn, lots of games to become a master.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dopest s*** ever, if your dumb it will show, there are key movements that dominate the game, think many many moves ahead, and take domain over the opponent, we will dominatePublished 19 months ago by david lee woodrow
Instructions are a bit difficult to remember during initial play. Pretty enough to be a decorative piece in the house!Published 23 months ago by David Y.
Great game, easy to learn the basic rules but changing strategies make it still fun after play after many, many times. Would absolutely recommend this game!Published on January 24, 2013 by Brad and Jessica
I got this game for Christmas for my 17 year old brother. The whole family was able to enjoy it. It's simple to learn the rules but it's a game of thought and strategy.Published on December 29, 2012 by Katie