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Torres

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  • playing time 60 minutes. Ranked #114 on www.BoardGameGeek.com
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A series of devastating tornadoes, unleashed by enemy mages in the recent war has left all the king's castles in ruin. Only the foundations of these once magnificent monuments remain. He has charged his sons with rebuilding his castles and promised the throne to the one who can rebuild the tallest and largest castles. Each prince has 6 knights to supervise the building. Two or more princes may work together on a castle with their knights competing to control the highest towers of the castle. Once e ach year, the king will tour the castles, to judge the progress of each son. After he finishes the third tour, he will choose his successor and the winner! "It was love at first sight." - John J McCallion, Games MagazineAuthor: Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling, Players: 2-4 aged 12 and up, Length: 60 minutes, Stock number: 133, UPC: 655132-001335, ISBN: 1-892081-32-6, Suggested Retail: $44.95

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Product Dimensions 17 x 12.1 x 2.1 inches
Item Weight 3 pounds
Shipping Weight 3 pounds
ASIN B0009Q1U86
Item model number 081326
Manufacturer recommended age 12 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #447,690 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#10,988 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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Torres is a great little game that is simple to learn and hard to master, but those who put the effort will gain a mountain of enjoyment. It's one of those games that will scratch your head at first since there isn't a lot to learn as far as rules go. Most people will look at it and think it's too simple and say, "that's all there is to it?" And yes they would be right, since it doesn't require a long rule book to explain its intricacies. Yet, after a couple of plays (or even just in the initial play, like it happened to me) you start to uncover a deep strategy game where every move you make will make a difference down the line. In short, this game is for those that like to think and show their mental dexterity. People should really give it a try.

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The game brings a lot of little pieces. You get 92 little tower segments, 24 knights if four different colors, four scoring markers, one king, and a set of action, master and codex cards along with a rule book and game board. The knights, king and scoring markers are made of nice wood painted with a good shiny paint. The game board is nice and sturdy with beautiful artwork and the rule book is nicely made. There were a couple of misspelled words here and there, but that's the only drawback on that side. The tower pieces are made of good plastic, but it isn't the best plastic around. They'll last a while, but you won't be wowed by them. The worst aspect of the components is the action cards. They have nice art work, but they aren't made of the most sturdy of materials. It's very flimsy paper stock so after continuous play they will degrade. Try to touch them as little as possible so you don't end up with warped cards.
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This is one of my favorite games. Good price on Amazon too. It's only four players but once you get the rules down you will be happy with it. Game play is short but once again you have to invest time into learning the rules. You won't be disappointed. This game is for those who like games like Ticket to Ride or Settlers but maybe want something a tad less family oriented and a tad more strategic. This is one of my favorite games and I don't think I've ever won!
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I originally bought this game after reading reviews on Amazon. It states "ages 12 and under", but play it almost every day with my 6 year old daughter. While she needs coaching from time to time, this is a strategy game that a young person can play that will adults will also enjoy. All but one or two of the times I have played this game it has only been with one other player, so I cannot talk a whole lot about how good the game is beyond two player. But in the two-player game, even a novice player can pick it up after one or two games and be very competitive. This game requires each player to adapt strategies to his or her opponents moves, so each game requires original thinking and planning. I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a quick, competitive strategy game.
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Torres does not have the depth of chess and does not require the book study chess does, but it is a wonderful abstract strategy game that does have a theme attached: building castles. Each player has 10 or 12 turns total (depending on the number of players) and during each turn, a player has 5 actions to spend. Those actions include placing a castle block, placing a knight, moving a night, or drawing a card which will give a bonus movement on a future turn. Of course, there are rules related to each of the listed actions, but they are easy to learn. The goal is to build large castles, but more importantly to get your knights as high as possible in those castles using your limited actions. Sometimes it will be to your advantage to let an opponent use his/her actions constructing a huge castle but then sneak one of your knights into his castle.

The game is best for more than two players as there is a little too much freedom to accomplish your goals with only 2 players. However, playing with the master goal cards that are included can make the 2 player game more tense. There are also several 2 player variants that can be played that make the 2 player game quite an epic battle. Check out the "Fawkes Variants" on boargamegeek(dotcom) for those variants.

A highly recommended game that will offer many memorable battles!
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