Designer: Sébastien Pauchon
Artist: Alexandre Roche
Play Time: 30 Min
Price: £17.49 on Amazon.co.uk
My kingdom for a camel. Work hard, earn more than your opponent and become the official merchant of the Maharajah. At the beginning of the game, three camel cards and two merchandise cards are on the table between the players, who already have five cards in hand. On your turn, you can take some cards or sell some. Each time that you take cards, you can take one or more, however if you decide to take more, then you will have to trade in the same amount of cards from your hand that you take. If you decide to take all camel cards, then they can be used later to trade. You can sell all the merchandise that you want, as long as they are all the same type. For each sale, you will receive tokens with various point values. At the end of the game, the player who has the majority of the camels also wins points.
The game is set in Jaipur, a city in the north of India that is a hot spot for trading in the region. Your goal is to become successful enough to be the Maharajah’s Personal Trader. The way to victory can be surprisingly complicated but win or lose you’re guaranteed to have a blast.
Pros -The game pieces are great quality and the artwork is very colourful and easy on the eye. -Short Game time means you can squeeze more rounds into your free time. Why not make it a best of 3? -The in game trading and economy feels solid but its the addition of the camels that really adds an extra layer of complexity to the game.
Cons -As if with any card game there is ultimately an element of luck that can lead to to frustration. However if you enjoy these kind of games you’ll likely have made peace with this and not let it affect your game play. -If your looking for a game to really test your brain power this isn’t going to scratch that itch as much as you might like. It definitely requires strategy and decision making but its game play is fairly relaxed.
Throughout the game you’ll be presented with some tough decisions from when to sell your goods to how many camels is too many camels? On each you turn you can choose to do one of two things; Take a card (as long as your hand isn’t already full), Take all of the camels and add them to your herd or trade as many cards as you’d like from your hand with for cards from the available card pool. The name of the game is to trade your goods for victory chips and end the game with the most points. Once three goods piles run out the game end and each player counts how many points they have. The player that wins two out of three is the winner and becomes the Maharajah’s personal trader!
The decisions made each turn can make or break your chances at victory so you have to thinkcarefuly before commiting. Do you sell your goods early and cash in on some early points ordo you save your goods for a bulk sale to earn even more points? And on top of that what about the camels? They are essential to being able to replenish your hand. If you sell a lotof goods without a herd your going to be drawing one card each turn which is going to reallyhinder your progress. In all honestly the “Camel Herd” mechanic is what takes this game froman average game to something unique and a bit more special than other two player card games out there.
In conclusion I would highly recommend Jaipur to anyone looking for a great two player onlycard game. From the stunning artwork and color pallette, to the broad range of strategies andthe randomness that keeps the game refreshing Jaipur will keep you coming back to play againand again. Its a very unique game that will quickly become one of your top go to two player games.
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