CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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- 2 to 5 player game
- It is a 30 to 45 minute game
- Medieval theme
- City building strategy
- Tactical tile laying game
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We liked to play games together after dinner and we were very excited to have something new. It instantly became a favorite of ours and we began playing it on a regular basis. It's great because it incorporates both luck and skill and isn't too mentally taxing. There are some games that, by the end of the day, just require to much concentration and mental effort. This was a perfect combination of the two. In addition, one person doesn't consistantly win. Some games -- once you develop a strategy -- end up with the same person winning all the time which isn't very much fun for the other player.
This week she has been home from school with a nasty bug and when she started feeling better this afternoon, she asked for me to play this with her. I realized what a compliment it is to the game that after 3 years of owning it (and she is now a 14-year-old) she likes to play it just as much as she did when she first received it. The great thing is, I like it too !
Great game for all !
Carcassonne: The Discovery is a tile laying game with little wooden followers. During your turn, you draw a random tile, place it where it is legal to do so and generates you the biggest advantage, and either place or remove a wooden follower. The first part of that is the same as many other carcassonne games: tiles are squares with mountain, grass, and water on the edges, and tiles can only be placed next to tiles with the same type of edge. The second part (placing followers) is the same as other Carcassonne games: you place your follower on one type of terrain on the tile (different terrains have different scoring rules). The last part is what differs significantly from the other carcassonne games. In The Discovery, followers stay on completed features until removed (and the points for a feature may go up after completion, so there is strategy in determining when best to score).
One complaint about the original Carcassonne is that there is little player interaction: often called "multiplayer solitaire," without, for example, the Inns and Cathedrals, Tower, or Princess and Dragon expansions, which all increase player interaction. This isn't as much of a problem (if you view it as such) with The Discovery. The scoring rules for the discovery are not entirely local. This causes players to be more likely to place tiles near where other players are playing.
This is a great game, because you can learn to play it in no time at all. Then it's easy to start introducing strategy. We're hooked - and we've gotten several of our friends hooked as well. The games around here get pretty cutthroat! Yet it can be simple enough for 8 year olds to play - what a wonderful, flexible gateway game!
Now we're playing all kinds of new games that we never thought we would!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 10 year old son loves this game. We've played it numerous times since we got it and it's just as much fun as the first time.Published 8 months ago by Nicole F.
I played it the other day and it was ok. I still like the original carcasonne. This one was a bit confusing with the scoring and not as simple. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by CaliJonny
Great game! Played it before and had to have it. Some people i've taught aren't into it as much as I am. But its fun and fairly quick.Published on September 28, 2012 by Earthtourist78