|Number of Game Players||5|
|Remote Control Included?||No|
|Release date||22 November 2017|
|Mfg Recommended age||8 - 99 years|
|Item Model Number||NMG-600010EN|
|Product Dimensions||26.01 x 7.01 x 26.01 cm; 1.11 Kilograms|
Azul Tile Game, Pack of 1
|Brand||Plan B Games|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||26 x 7 x 26 centimetres|
|CPSIA cautionary statement||Choking Hazard - Small Parts|
|Number of Game Players||5|
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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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Azul was designed by the world famous, award winning game author Michael Riesling. Azul captures the beautiful aesthetics of Moorish art in a contemporary board game. Players compete as artisans decorating the walls of the royal Palace of Dvora. By carefully drafting the correct Quantity and style of tiles, the most clever of artisans plan ahead to maximize the beauty of their work (not to mention their scores!) while ensuring they wasted no supplies in the process. 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 Dvora.
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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.
Spiel Des Jahres 2018 Winner
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
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** Update: my husband and I love to play this game just the two of us- it’s a great date night at home game. It’s been about a year and we still break it out all the time!
Easy to learn game. The play isn't as good when there's two players. The game is much better with 3-4 players. There is a limit of 4 players though. Game components are sturdy and well made. Great game play.
Highly recommended if you are a novice in board game or want to gift a game but unsure what they like. This will be a good choice!
My only criticism would be that the instructions seemed a bit unclear and watching YouTube videos certainly hleped with explanation of the rules.
Also a really fun and easy to learn game, but with a good amount of strategy for more serious players.
However compare to other boardgames I used to have the build quality is quite poor.
The player boards are all with ripped edges, the plastic tile are full of scratches.
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The wife and i used to play Splendor a lot and were looking for a game that is just as fun and plays in a comparatively similar time.
Game is tactical but not heavy and plays quickly 2 player.
One other nice thing is that one does not have to shuffle anything so set up is quite quick.
We have used another cloth bag as the discard bag instead of the box lid as it means the game is set up for the next game straight away.
Also played 4 player and is still just as enjoyable.
Definitely recommend it, your life will be richer for it after the initial price of the game.
The box is hefty, the board is thick cardboard and the tiles are weighty and well made and once set you could imagine yourself in a cafe on the Amalfi coast.
The only downside is that the instructions are not particularly clear and you can learn to play it in two minutes by watching a You Tube video or spend ages reading the badly written rule book...and still get it wrong.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 December 2018
The rules are few and simple and can be taught in less than 5 minutes. The gameplay itself can be played in less than 40 minutes.
The components are high quality and will stand more than 100 replays.
In the short time that we've gotten it, we have played it over 20 times. Often 3 games back-to-back-to-back.
It is definitely more expensive than many of the other highly rated games out there: Pandemic, Codenames, Sushi Go, etc.. However, if you already have those titles (you probably do), this is a must-have. If not, take a look at those titles if the £35+ sticker price puts you off.
Resin tiles in the canvas bag are so tactile and are a part of what makes it a great game, the only thing letting presentation down is the play boards are warped (all 4 corners curving up) and spin around with the slightest touch causing tiles to slide out of position. I just keep a blob of blutack in the box now to sort that out.