Carcassonneby Aethyna Dec 4, 2017 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Play against challenging AIs or against players from all over the world in this digitized version of the popular empire-building board game, Carcassonne! Do you have what it takes to build the best empire and emerge as the overall victor? Play Now Similar Games Played
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Based on the popular empire-building board game, the digitized version, Carcassonne – Tiles & Tactics, stays true to the fun and strategic gameplay that had made the game famous. The game has a single player mode where you can play with challenging AIs and also a multiplayer mode (of up to 6 players) where you can pit your skills against other players worldwide. Do you have what it takes to build the best empire and emerge as the overall victor?
If you have not played the Carcassone physical board game before, it is highly recommended that you take the game up on its offer and try the tutorial out. Although I still end up being really green behind the ears after going through it, at least I have grasp some of the basic rules of the game... learning about how to formulate strategies, which is not covered in the tutorial, can come later while you’re actually playing the game. However, if you’ve accidentally skipped the tutorial, you can always re-access it from the settings or you can just check out the summarized, text version of the “How to Play”.
That said, the overall goal of this game is really straightforward – you’ll need to be the player with the highest points at the end of the game and to do so, you’ll probably need to own the most completed roads, cities and monasteries.
Each game starts with a random first tile and other players in the game will then take turns placing a random drawn tile. The tiles must be placed adjacent to any of the linked tiles present on the board, though you can rotate the tiles to face different directions.
The tiles themselves will often have various features on them. Some may contain a small town; others containing only a segment of a road; there’s also a few with a monastery on them, while there are several with what seems to be part of an excavation pit (they are actually the foundations of a city though). These tiles can be placed in such a way that the roads and foundations will form a closed circuit. If that happens and you happen to own the foundation or the road in question, you’ll score some points.
To own something in this game, you simply need to “mark” your ownership by placing your meeple on it. You can only claim ownership of tiles you place and if the tile has multiple features, you can only claim one of the features as your own.
However, there’s a bit of tactical gameplay here since every player in this game has a limited number of meeples to use. So, it is practically impossible to claim ownership of every tile you place but you can strategically figure out which tiles is worth claiming and which to let go. Not to mention, the game also has a way for you to claim back a used meeple – that is by closing the road, the foundation (of a city) or the monastery you’ve placed it on.
What most caught my attention about this game – being a total newb and all – is its somewhat sophisticated scoring system. The game awards a point for every closed tile you own, be it a monastery, a road or a city. However, the game interestingly has another round of scoring at the end of the game where it awards a point for every incomplete tile you own as well.
In terms of a monastery tile though, you’ll not only get a point for owning the monastery but also a point for every single connected tile within its surroundings. So, you may initially think you’ve lost the game since you are a few points behind the other player, but after the last tile has been placed and this round of scoring is activated, you may find yourself in the lead instead. In other words, all is not yet lost – there’s still a chance you can catch up and win the game!
Now, this is basically the gameplay of the standard part of the game, but there are other features you can either purchase as expansion packs, or by activating it through the new game’s settings. One of this is the “fields and farmers” feature, where 3 points will be added for each city that’s complete and adjacent to a field with a meeple (in the role of a farmer) on it.
Another extra feature is the free Abbot expansion that you can claim simply by signing up for an Asmodee account. With this expansion active (you can disable it whenever you like), you have an extra Abbot meeple that can be placed on Monastery and Garden tiles to boost the total points you’d generally get. The River expansion, on the other hand, will add another layer of strategy to what seems to be an already very tactical game where you’ll need to build up your empire along a winding river.
Of course, as mentioned in the summary, Carcassonne provides players with 2 game modes – single player where you can play against AI of 3 difficulty levels, and multiplayer to battle against other human players (ranked and unranked). You can customize each of your games to include various gameplay options, such as “playing with fields” which will activate the “fields and farmers” extra feature, dead tiles and remaining tiles list (you’ll be able to see how many and which tiles are left in the bag).
To prevent players from leaving the game when they know they are losing, Asmodee has implemented a unique Karma system which acts like a tracker to track how often a player drops a game. With this info in hand, you can then choose to play with players who have a good Karma rating rather than a bad one.
Being a somewhat niche-type of game, Carcassonne has a small but tight-knitted community of passionate players – players who you can then challenge to a friendly match via the game’s multiplayer mode. The game even has a chat system as well, so you can chat and potentially make some new and like-minded friends along the way.
The graphics in this game is simply superb. It retains the art style that you may be familiar with from the original board game, and also, it offers players the option to switch camera views from an isometric view to a top-down view depending on which option you like.
In terms of sound, the game has a really nice medieval-themed tune playing in the background as you play the game. It sounds like something you’d hear from a bard from that time period, making the game feel a lot more authentic.
To sum everything up, Carcassonne – Tiles & Tactics is not only a well-designed digital version of its renowned counterpart, but the game also contains the same familiar and yet strategic gameplay that will truly put your skills to the test. Even if you don’t like playing competitively, the game’s multiple AIs are challenging enough to keep you engaged for hours on end. So, although you may have not played this game before, but you have a penchant for strategy games, you might still have to give this game a try. It’s not exactly a very costly game, and considering the hours of fun you can eek out of it, it is worth every cent you spend.
If you’re interested, you can purchase Carcassonne on Steam for the low price of $9.99; or on Google Play for around $2.50.