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- For 2 players
- Great strategy game
- Tons of replay value
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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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!
Gameplay consists of playing from a hand of 8 cards, and trying to accumulate more points than your opponent. While there is strategy involved, generally you are playing as much against yourself as you are your opponent. If you get to aggresive in trying to build up only one of the 5 available locations, you might just get greedy for points and run out of time. We do this all the time, and love it! Generally, when my wife and I lose a game, it can be said that it's just as much our fault as it is our opponents ability to score points and beat us.
Try it, you won't regret it. (...)you won't find a more addictively fun game. "Let's play again!" For 1 to 2 players, or if you buy 2 sets of the game, 4 can play.
If you were to be critical of the game, two things stand out. The playing cards are not laminated, which could be taken as a lack of quality in construction. And the exploration theme of the game is mostly irrelevant. Players could just as well be building skyscrapers. Neither my wife nor I found these (2) items to be an issue.
If you're looking for a unique and challenging game to play with your husband or wife, then Lost Cities is worth your money.
If your copy of this game is like mine, you may be intruiged to find that the rules booklet that comes with it is printed in just about every Northern European language (Finnish, etc.), but not in English. There was a single photocopied page of rules in English inserted in with the game - no big deal, just different.
The game pits two players against each other as rival explorers. They must choose a strategy that will allow them to explore as many lost cities as possible, but do so in such a way that they acumulate enough points to cover the initial debt incurred for each expedition. There is a mechanism in the game by which players determine the amount of risk for each expedition they undertake. That allows them to double, triple, etc., the possible pay-off they receive or debt they incur.
You explore cities (indicated by different colors) by collecting and playing cards in increasing numerical order. If you do not collect enough card points to exceed the initial debt for a particular expedition you lose points, thus increasing your opponent's chances of winning.
When I first played "Lost Cities" I had a tendency to embark on as many expeditions as possible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this game on a wish list for a lonnnng time- could never bring myself to spend $50 for a card game. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kp1114
Great game for two players. The point of the game is to get the most cards of the same color and in numerical order as much as you can. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alayna
Great two-player game. It's easy to learn and fast to play, and very portable. One game takes about 10 minutes, 5 if you're fast. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Casey
Excellent condition, as advertised. Also, this game is so fun!Published 14 months ago by Amy VanDeSteeg
I have enjoyed the game a great deal. The only two complaints that I have are against the end of the game. The game ends when the deck is emptied. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Timothy Jon Daggett
A good game for two players, but it loses something after a few plays through. THe rounds are pretty quick (maybe 10-15 mins) each. After some time it can become tedious. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JB