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- For 2-4 players
- Takes about 90 minutes to play
- Tons of replay value
- Strategy game
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Stone Age is an excellent new addition to this field. It's easily the best game I've played in the past few years, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it win several board-game-of-the-year awards. Like other "eurogames", it's not so light as to be dominated by luck or trivial to master; it's strategically deep and compelling, with many different paths to victory. Yet at the same time, it's easy to learn and you can play an entire game in under 2 hours.
Stone Age is particularly well balanced for 4 players, though you can also play with 2 or 3. The 4-player game lasts about 2 hours after you've learned the rules. It's deep enough to be enjoyed by hard-core board game fans, yet simple enough to learn that casual game players will be able to pick it up in a few minutes. Best of all, Stone Age has an excellent design feature that keeps all players actively engaged at all times; gone are the dead times where you wait for 3 other players to take their long turns, and you won't find yourself getting up from the table and asking someone to play for you.Read more ›
Written by Michael Tummelhofer and produced by the German company Hans Im Gluck, Stone Age is the latest in a long line of board games imported to North America from Europe by Rio Grande. The game boasts such stats as a 2-4 player limit, age 10+ learning curve, and an average game time of 60-90 minutes. The learning curve may actually appear a bit steeper than the average ten-year-old's faculties initially but once the mechanics and systematic nature of the game are understood, it's nothing that an 8-10 year old couldn't pick up on.
The rules span a full color 8-page rulebook with concise examples scattered throughout and while the information contained within can be a bit intimidating the first time through, the game really does a nice job of breaking up the player's options into simple, logical steps. About the most difficult section of the rules to grasp early on is the scoring system but since that doesn't come into the equation until the very end of the game, it's probably wise to simply ignore this section until the time comes to put it into action.Read more ›
Now for my review: I really like this game. I can't stand games that rely solely or mostly on luck, but if there is too much strategy my wife doesn't like it as much. This game appeases me with ample strategy, but is also simple enough to play that my wife enjoys it as well. The art and pieces really do make the game stand out. There are multiple strategies for trying to win, which I like. You could try to acquire tons of cards to win that way, or you could try to build lots of buildings, etc...many decisions to make which makes it fun for me.
Also, like others have said, it does a good job of being constantly engaging, turns are quick and rotate through so there is little downtime. Conflict is low so that is good for couples, but there are still opportunities to block someone else's play, or to feel that pit in your gut when you can't decide to go here or there not sure if you will successfully block your opponent or if they will in turn block you.
It took a good few hours to initially get through the instructions and set up the board/pieces, but once someone knows it well, it can be taught to others fairly easily.
Currently, I own Stone Age, Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne. This one is my 2nd favorite and Carcassonne is my 1st favorite overall, but for 2 player games specifically, I slightly prefer Stone Age.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a teacher and host a club for students to become exposed to real board games (in other words, more than Monopoly and Life). Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. Young
One of my favorite worker-placement games. Difference paths can lead to victory. Very replayable. This is also a VERY GOOD intro game to transition from mainstream titles such as... Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by Gregory Grant
I originally wrote this review for Stone Age Board Game. So, please excuse me if you read it twice (but, I thought I'd include it here as well since I didn't know where folks... Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by El Tonio
Stone Age: 2-4 Players, Ages 13+, Average Play Time = 60-90 Minutes
For as simple as the round phases are, there is a lot of strategy and depth. Read more
My wife and I really love this game. We've probably played it over twenty times by now so I'd say the replay value is pretty high for us. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by W. Giant
Reasonably fun, but in the group of myself and two older kids that tried it with me, all of us agreed it wasn't one we liked well enough to play it a lot. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by John W. Robertson
Rio Games almost always puts out a game you want to own. Stone Age was the big hit with my local group when it came out a few years ago, we must have played it four times one... Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Lamya Joyce
We played this game with some friends and just had to have it!!! It says you can play with 2 players, but we've only played with 4 so far.Published on June 10, 2013 by K. Rueckert