Carcassone is an award-winning game of skill and strategy based around the city the game is named after. Lay tiles to build roads, plant countryside and raise buildings, then deploy your multi-skilled followers to create your perfect city! Find out more in our Carcassonne game review.
In this new edition of the game, an expansion set of river tiles are also included to add a new twist to the outcome. This game won the coveted Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) award in 2001, and is simple to learn but involves plenty of strategy.
What is Carcassonne like to play?
Carcassone can be enjoyed by anyone aged 13 and up, games last roughly 30-45 minutes and groups of 2-5 people can play. The rules are simple, but the game is absorbing and random tile placements mean no two games will be the same.
The idea of the game is to develop the city of Carcassone, and to gain yourself points by doing so. Each player lays a tile on his or her turn, and as the area gets larger it can be developed by the use of “meeples”. These are wooden tokens shaped like people that can be deployed as different characters – a knight in the city, a farmer in a field, a robber on a road, or in a cathedral as a monk.
Careful placement of tiles and clever use of meeples will return the most points at the end of a turn. Followers are limited, and other players will attempt to place tiles to their own advantage, so planning and skill is crucial to victory!
Inside the Carcassone box, you will find:
- Tiles – cloister, city, road and grassland
- Expansion tiles – River
- “Meeple” tokens
The popularity of the game has also led to several expansion sets being created to allow further enjoyment of each gaming session. These sets are sold separately.
Carcassonne Game Review Conclusion
Carcassone is definitely a game for teenagers and adults who like a good strategy game. It is primarily a game of skill, rather than luck, and will certainly suit a group who like to have a bit of competitive fun.
Developing a city while trying to stop your companions from doing so is a great way to spend an evening with friends or family, so why not try it with Carcassone this weekend!