Azul Tile Game, Pack of 1
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- High quality components and fun, accessible gameplay
- Fun tile drafting and tile placement mechanics
- For 2 – 4 artisans, age 8 and up
- Game plays in 30-40 minutes
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Introduced by the Moors, Azulejos (originally white and blue ceramic tiles) were fully embraced by the Portuguese when their king Manuel I, on a visit to the Alhambra palace in Southern Spain, was mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the Moorish decorative tiles. The king, awestruck by the interior beauty of the Alhambra, immediately ordered that his own palace in Portugal be decorated with similar wall tiles. As a tile-laying artist, you have been challenged to embellish the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora.
In the game Azul, players take turns drafting colored tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they've placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player's score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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In the tactical tile-laying game Azul, the Portuguese King Manuel I commissions craftsmen to decorate the walls of his palace with beautiful mosaics. They can’t just use any old tiles: they need the so-called ‘Azulejos’. Beneath the simple action of laying tiles burns a fierce competition to pick the best tiles from the factories at just the right time. Each turn players have to take all tiles of the same type from one factory. Depending on the position in the mosaic, sometimes the craftsmen need a lot of tiles of one type to expand the mosaic, sometimes fewer. Whoever over-speculates and takes too many tiles will receive minus points. You can earn a lot, however, by tiling connected parts of the mosaic and by having completed rows and columns at the end of the game.
The abstract game 'Azul' combines several supposed contradictions: the almost sober functionality of the game board is in marked contrast to the fabulous aesthetics of the mosaic being constructed. The feel of the tiles themselves increases the impression of value. The game components alone are a pleasure.
The designer Michael Kiesling has succeeded in this masterpiece: giving so much depth to a supposedly simple selection mechanic, that you’ll want to play this again and again and again.
- Abstract Strategy
- Card Drafting
- Pattern Building
- Set Collection
- Tile Placement
Safety WarningThis product contains small parts and is a choking hazard so not suitable for children under 3 years old.
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My only criticism would be that the instructions seemed a bit unclear and watching YouTube videos certainly hleped with explanation of the rules.
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The game revolves around picking up tiles and placing them to score points, that is the most simplistic explanation. The game start off slowly without much tension, but as your board fills up the game becomes pretty cutthroat as you try to force your opponent to take tiles that will cause them to lose points while mitigating the point loss on your own board. It requires thinking ahead and critical thinking. It's a fantastic board game that takes 1 round to teach, and many rounds to develop a strategy.
There are Youtube videos to learn the game easily, don't be hesitant if you're looking for pretty game that is suitable for the family that will help keep your brain sharp. Azul is well worth the price.
My only issue with Azul is that there are some beautiful tile designs on the board game cover that are not available in the game. The plain red and blue tiles would benefit from having some beautiful designs like the cover indicates. Otherwise, I have no caveats with this game. The components are nice to hold and look at, and the game is fun to play.
We were really disappointed when we received Azul the first time because because the player boards were all ripped along the edges, and all the pieces felt like very cheap plastic, especially compared to when we played the game before with friends.
So we returned and exchanged the game. The new game arrived today and again the player boards are ripped around the edges, the box was crushed a little on the side, and very cheap pieces. Some of the symbols were printed off-center on the small square pieces. We are not happy to get the same game twice in a row with cheap pieces and poor quality.
I contacted Amazon customer service, and they weren't willing to give us any type of refund on the game, unless I returned again. It's annoying to keep going back and forth to the post office to return items. The pictures speak for themselves. No one wants a new item to be delivered damaged twice in a row.
The gameplay is great. I really recommend it, but I'm very disappointed in the quality of the 2 games we bought, and how poor customer service has been in working with us.
The setup is very simple. The rules are overall easy, but they can be just a little confusing at first when you're trying to figure out the point of the game. After watching a couple of "how to play" videos on YouTube, we got it and off we went. When you play, the first few rounds seem pretty simple. But as you get further in the game, the gameplay really tightens up and you have to think of the best way to move forward. Do you go for extra points? Or do you try to block your opponents from getting theirs? It's both simple in design, and a little complex in strategy. Love that!
The build quality of the game is pretty high. Each player gets their own game board that is nice and solid/stiff. The "store" disks are fairly sturdy and remind you of cardboard coasters (these would be the least sturdy of the whole set). The tiles are very sturdy and well made. And the tile bag is nice and thick fabric. Overall, it's a very attractive and well executed design.
I can see us enjoying this game for many years. I'm looking forward to my next round.
1) The game comes with a cloth bag for putting in tiles. The bag came with a rip
2) The game comes with 4 "player boards". They must produce them in sheets with multiple boards per sheet, and then someone "tears" them apart. In this process, two of our boards had their edges torn. It doesn't affect playability, but it does impact aesthetics.
I expect a game company to stand by its products and send replacements. I contacted the company online a week ago and have received absolutely no response. I sent them another email and received no response. At minimum, I expect a company to respond to communications.