Designer: Reiner Knizia
Age Rating: 10+
Play time: 30 minutes
Price: £17.15 on Amazon.co.uk
Lost Cities is a fantastic two player board game that will keep you playing again and again to try out new strategies and ideas. The aim of the game is simple, end the game with more points than your opponent by collecting numbered cards of the same colours and playing them in the correct order.
At first this may sounds like a straight forward game, something a kin to a two player solitaire, but as you play you’ll realise this isn’t the case at all. Each turn you will either play or discard a card from your hand and then draw from either the deck or the discard piles. You’ll want to collect as many cards of the same colour as you can to maximise your points before the last card is drawn and the game ends.
As you play and explore the game you will figure out useful strategies that you can use to gain an important edge over your opponent. It’s the small details throughout each game that keeps it fresh and exciting round after round. The game ends when the last card is drawn meaning there is always a sense of pressure to acquire the cards you want and play them in time. You don’t want to get caught by surprise when the game ends and you still have cards in your hand that you want to play!Overall Lost Cities takes the top spot for Best Two Player Board Game. With its simple game play and deceptive depth Lost Cities provides endless hours of fun and will quickly become one of your go to games for two players. Be sure to click the link at the top of the page to buy your copy of Lost Cities!
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You may think that ultimately the game comes down to getting lucky and drawing the cards you need, however, there are many different strategies you can use to get an edge over your opponent and win games you had no business winning. The strategies ill discuss below are; Using the board to your advantage, Bluffing your hand, Stalling the game out and denying your opponent points.
Using the board – If you know what colours your opponent is collecting you can use the other discard piles as an extension of your hand. You can discard the card you don’t need to its respective pile on the board knowing its unlikely your opponent will want to pick it up, then later on you can pick it back up when you need it! Be careful doing this because if your opponent realises whats happening they could pick up the card you put down and hold onto it to deny you those points.
Stalling – if the game is moving to quickly and you don’t think you can play all of the cards you want before the last card is drawn you can slow the game down by drawing from the discard piles whether you need them or not. This can buy you a few extra turns to play cards that could easily be the difference between winning and losing.
Denying – This can be a tricky one depending on how many cards you are trying to deny your opponent from getting. Identifying what colours your opponent is collecting early crucial and by denying them high scoring cards by keeping them in your hand all game can mean your opponent loses out on 30-50 points per column. This is huge but done incorrectly can also be a massive hindrance to your self by clogging up your hand and not being able to get down enough points before the game ends.