Luxor

Personal Ranking: #8

Time to Play (in my experience): 30-45 minutes

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Age Level: I think children as young as 7 or 8 can handle this. 

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Difficulty Level: 2 (5-10 minutes to teach, less than 90 minutes to play)

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Type of Game: Roll/Draw and Move with Hand Management. When people think of board games, they often think of “roll and move” games. Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Life…. these all have some board that you either roll dice, draw cards, or spin a spinner which determines how far you are to move your pawn(s). Hand Management means managing your hand of cards to use it the most effectively. In this game, you have two options of which movement card to play as well as the ability to see upcoming potential plays.

 

Game Setting: Modern exploration of an ancient temple.

 

Luxor in progress!

Brief overview of how to play: Move your five pawns throughout the temple, while you collect treasures and position your pawns in the best place for the end of the game. This is done through playing cards that designate the number of spaces you get to move. 

 

How many players does it play?: 2-4

 

Ideal number?: 3 or 4.

 

Why do I love/recommend this game?: 

 

Clever card play. You always have a hand of five cards and you can’t re-arrange the cards. You can only play the card on the far left or the far right. The new card that you take at the end of your turn goes in the middle. 

My hand of cards. However I can only play the card on the far left and far right. In this case, I can play the card that lets me roll a die and take the result or move one of my pawns 1 space. The next card that I take goes into the middle.  

The best about Sorry! and not the worst. What I’ve always enjoyed about the classic game sorry is that you have your choice of which pawn to move (presuming you have more than one pawn released). However, there is no bumping another player’s pawn back to the start. 

 

Variety of ways to score points. Most of my favorite games have many different ways to score points. Careful planning of where to position your pawns, collecting of sets and scarabs and which treasures to collect make for interesting decisions.

 

Variable set up. The game is different each time as the treasure tiles are all randomly placed. Furthermore, some spaces get replaced with new tiles when the treasure is taken, giving further randomness to the set up. 

Collect sets of cards for extra points. 

Is there anything offensive in this game? Anything at all?: The theme might be a turn-off for some. There is some question about the morality of the stealing of ancient artifacts from foreign cultures and putting them into museums halfway around the world. 

 

Final word: When people hear of board games, they often think of the classic “roll and move” games like Monopoly, Sorry, or Clue. Luxor takes that familiar idea and does something new, and in my opinion, way more fun. Luxor is a delightful, casual game that gives you just enough to think about to make it super interesting. 

 

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