Alhambra Review

 

Alhambra Box Art

Game Info

Publisher: Queen Games

Year Published: 2003

Number of Players: 2 to 6

Play Time: 60 minutes

Set-up Time: About 10 minutes

Ages: 8 and up

Table Size: Medium or Large Table (depends on number of players)

Review

Released by German publisher Queen Games, Alhambra is a fun, family-friendly game of building and strategy. The theme is simple: your task is to build the best Alhambra — a “palace, fortress, and small city” — in ancient Spain. Workers have come from far and wide to help you build, but insist on being paid in their native currency. Thus, Alhambra is a game of both resource management and city planning, though it doesn’t let itself get too bogged down by these principles and the … Continue reading

Cape Horn: First Impressions

Cape Horn Box Art

Game Info

Publisher: Rio Grande Games, Kosmos

Year Published: 1999

Number of Players: 3 to 5

Play Time: 45 to 60 minutes

Set-up Time: Less than 5 minutes

Ages: 12 and up

Table Size: Small to Medium Table

Impressions

Cape Horn is a sailing game based on a historical race that took place in the 1800s, in which clipper ships set out from New York to sail to San Francisco in the fastest time possible.  One of the biggest obstacles they faced along their route was Cape Horn — the bottom tip of South America where the seas are some of the most windy and treacherous in the world.

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Forbidden Island: Review

Forbidden Island is a very fun game with relatively simple game mechanics, but it can be difficult to master and win. If you find it too simple on the “novice” difficulty though, you can make it harder on yourself by increasing the difficult to “normal”, “expert”, or “legendary” by starting the game’s water meter at increasing higher levels. The inclusion of these difficulty options should ensure that even veteran players are challenged with the game and can continue to play it for a long time to come.
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