Smallworld is a game of civilization, strategy and tactics set in a fantastical era. Compete for control of a world that is simply too small to accommodate everyone! Read more in our Smallworld review.
Designed by Philippe Keyaerts as a follow-up to the award-winning game Vinci, Smallworld marks the return of the big-box Days of Wonder game series. Take charge of fortresses and encampments filled with humans, elves, orcs and many other creatures, and see where the game takes you. Will you simply battle against other players? Or will the trolls and dragons destroy you? Combine tactics and power to emerge victorious.
Inside the Smallworld
Smallworld is a light-hearted but in-depth game aimed at older children and adults. It’s suitable for 2-5 players, but we think you could team up with a friend if there are more people available to play.
The game itself is easy to learn and quick to play – think along the lines of Risk or Settlers of Catan. The players each take control of part of the Smallworld, and strive to be controlling as much of it as possible by the end of the game. Tactics involved can include battles, Special Powers, and strategic movement or settlement. Land gained is occupied with tokens, and after a set amount of turns the game ends and the person with the most tokens on the board wins! Games can be anything from 45-90 minutes long depending on number of players and amount of activity on the board.
The game board and pieces are very good quality – this seems to be something the makers take much pride in. Inside the box you’ll find:
- 2 double-sided game boards for maximum replayability
- 14 fantasy races with banners and tokens
- Power badges
- Scenery such as Mountains, Encampments and Troll Lairs
- Victory Coins
- Hero figures
- Summary sheets
- ….and a Dragon!
While the game might seem a little pricey – you do get a lot for your money and the double sided board really does maximise the replayability factor. Expansion packs are also available to make the game even more interesting – as an example, two of the current packs are “Cursed” and “Grand Dames”.
Smallworld would be best played on a large table or a floor. As there are a lot of pieces involved, it wouldn’t do to get them all set up and then catch the edge of the board because the table is too small…
Smallworld Game Review Conclusion
This game is absolutely fantastic for anyone who likes to think a bit while playing games, but doesn’t like them to last for hours on end. More in-depth than Snakes and Ladders but much lighter than Chess, Smallworld is perfect entertainment for a group of family or friends who want to play something that little bit different.