MFG: Calliope Games
#of Players: 2 – 8
Age Range: 8+
Overall Construction: I love the details on this game. The box is nice and sturdy with an insert that holds all of the pieces very well. It also has a really cool rice paper sheet with beautiful Asian artwork on it that separates the box from the rules and other contents.
There are 35 path tiles, they are a decently thick piece of cardboard, with basic images. There is also a Dragon Tile that is made from the same high quality card stock.
The Movers look like little colored rocks with a flat bottom and the Tsuro dragon cut into the front of them. I like the variety of colors that the movers come in.
The board is your basic quad-fold board with a glossy top. My only real beef with this game lies in the overlay of the board. I wish the lines on the grid that make up the board were a little more defined, but if this complaint doesn’t bother you, then don’t listen.
Gameplay: If you have ever played Pipe Dreams or anything like it then you will have the basic idea of this game. Simply enough, each player selects a spot on one of the sides of the board and the 35 path cards are all shuffled up. The Dragon tile will be placed on the bottom.
After everyone has selected a starting place, they are given 3 tiles each. The starting player will pick one of their 3 tiles and place it in front of their token, then they will move along the path. At the end of their turn they will pick a replacement tile for the one they placed. This will continue until there is only one player is left.
There are 2 ways this can happen. When players lay down the tile any players that touch a path on that tile they will have to travel the entire length of the path. If done right players will put their tile down in such a way as to send the other players off of the board. The other option is that the player will mess up and accidentally send themselves off of the board.
If you have a long enough game you should eventually draw the Dragon tile. This acts as a place marker. If a player goes out of the game, their cards go back into the pot, with the holder of the Dragon tile getting to draw the first of the newly replaced tiles.
Yes/No Recommend: I love playing this game so much that I’m testing the android app version of this game. This game is a great way to teach people to plan many moves ahead. In some ways it can be harder than chess, especially if you have enough players. As I said above I would like to see the lines on the grid be a little darker, but it’s the only fault I can find in this game at all.
I will say that with the quality of the pieces and the about of replay value this game has you will get your monies worth.
Where to Get It: This game is available all over the place. This game have been available at most game and hobby shops since it came out in one form or another, but ever since this game was in the line-up for the first International Tabletop Game Day it has been available at Target stores and several other retailers. If you would like more information about this game, it’s sequel, or any of the other games produced by Calliope Games visit their website. http://www.calliopegames.com/read/45/tsuro