Tsuro of the Seas
MFG: Calliope Games
#of Players: 2 – 8
Age Range: 8+
Overall Construction: The details on this game are even better than the original Tsuro. 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. I recommend framing them and hanging them on the wall. They are that beautiful.
There are 56 path tiles, they are made of the same high quality, thick piece of cardboard with various path configurations. These are a blue hue that are fitting the sea theme on this version of the game.
The Movers in this version are little Japanese ships. The variety of colors on these movers are a little dark and because of the details involved you can tell they have been mass produced.
Again, the board is your basic quad-fold board with a glossy top. This one also has issues with the lines on the grid not being dark enough. For this version of the game, the lines are even more important because there is a lot more that goes on in this game. Especially if you have the expansion pack.
This version also contains a pair of dice. One Blue & One Gold. They are used for the dragons.
The rules are very clear. I would still read them in case I missed something. Clear, easy to read rules are very important. I know it has made the difference in some of the games I have been sent to review.
Gameplay: Just like in basic Tsuro, each player gets a mover and three tiles from the pathways deck. After that the changes happen. Depending on how many players you have you will place a number of dragons based on the number of players. This is done by rolling the dice. There are colored numbers down 2 sides of the board, they match the colors on the dice. WARNING the 3 & 4 numbered columns are one and the same. Of course if two dragons should happen to roll onto the same square, re-roll the second dragon.
After all the dragons have been placed, it’s time to start playing. First player rolls the dice. If they roll a 6, 7, or 8 the Dragons (daikaiju) move. They do so in order of lowest to highest based on the number in the arrow in the corner of the dragon cards. If the dragon moves over top of anything it dies. That includes other dragons, path tiles, & you. After the dragons have been resolved the player, if still alive, gets to place their tile and move along their path. Play keeps going until only 1 player is left. If you ever get below 3 dragons, you have to add one.
Yes/No Recommend: Buy this game if you want hours of fun with friends and/or family. This version of Tsuro adds some extra mechanics that give a lot of extra replay value to a game that already has tons of replay potential. There will be times that the dragons will seem a bit much, but this game will be fun.
I do have two issues with this game, but they are just issues from the game design aspect of it. They are that, I think the lines on the board are too faint so it makes it difficult to line things up correctly. This is doubled by my other issue and that is that the “3” & “4” columns on the board are in the same row.
Where To Get It: This game is available at most game and hobby shops. Unlike original Tsuro I have not seen this version of the game in any of the Big Box stores. If you would like more information about this game or any of the other games produced by Calliope Games visit their website. http://www.calliopegames.com/read/46/tsuro-of-the-seas