Jaipurby Aethyna Jul 13, 2018 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Assume the role of a merchant in a bustling Indian market trading goods and camels in this fun digital adaptation of the traditional card-and-chips game of the same name, Jaipur! Outwit your opponent, be it an intelligent AI or another human player, and attempt to earn the most profit for the day. Will you be able to edge out your competitor? Play Now Similar Games Played
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Based on the physical card and chips game, Jaipur is a game that puts you into the shoes of a merchant in India’s heyday in which its economy is booming. Your goal? To buy and sell goods with the highest possible profit while staying true to the game’s rules! You can choose to play the game with challenging AIs or you can go online and duel other players from all over the globe.
The campaign part of Jaipur seems to have a story going on for it. Apparently, you play as an up-and-coming merchant in Banswara and your dream is to dominate the market in Rajasthan by edging out your competitors to gain a monopoly on the trading there.
As you “conquer” district after district, you’ll also encounter scenarios where you may have to part with your hard-earned money just so you can do your trading in peace or to get crucial tips from the locals there.
This little storyline is a really nice touch here and it fits so well with the gameplay. It gives players a larger goal (to experience the entire story) to achieve as opposed to mindlessly playing matches after matches.
Jaipur may seem a daunting game to learn at first, but after you go through the tutorial, you should have all the game knowledge you need to eventually form strategies of your own. The game isn’t too hard to pick up either - Basically, your ultimate goal in every game is to earn the most profit. Simple enough, isn’t it?
So, to begin a standard game, every player gets 5 cards each and the Market gets 5 cards as well. The cards in your and your opponent’s hands are face down, naturally, while the cards in the Market are turned face up.
There are two types of cards in this game - The goods and the camels. The goods are the cards that will earn you money (the chips to the left side of the playing area) and can be “discarded”, a.k.a. sold off, for these chips (as long as you have 2 of the same cards, that is). Note that different goods will earn you different colored chips and that each chip has different denominations (unless you are playing in Constant Price mode). The numbers indicate the profit, or game points, that you’ll get.
If you manage to accumulate a lot of cards (3 or more) before selling your goods, then you will be rewarded with bonus profits. The chips are also limited in supply, especially the higher valued ones, and when there are no more chips for a specific item, your discarded cards will then go to waste. Why, then, would you need to discard your cards? Well, each player can hold up to 7 cards in a hand, and if you want to add new cards to your hand, you simply have to sell your goods.
Now, the camel cards function a lot like a wild card in many other games. What this means is that you can trade camel cards in for any 1 card you want on the Market, except for more camel cards. This exchange works for normal goods cards too, but what makes camel cards so attractive is that they don’t clog up your hand. Instead, there’s a separate area on the playing area called the Herd where you keep all your camel cards. Having more camel cards at the end of a match will also net you some bonus points!
However, camel cards cannot be drawn one by one from the Market. If you want to grab a camel card, you’ll have to take all the camel cards in the Market, which might not seem like it’s such a bad thing until you realize that this also means your opponent will have first dibs on the new goods cards that will be added to the Market from the deck.
Like every other card game, Jaipur is a turn-based game and as such, you can perform 1 action per turn. You can take a single goods (card) from the Market, exchange several goods with the Market, sell 1 or more goods, or take all the camel cards. The game will end and the profits tallied up once the Market has less than 5 cards. Obviously, the player with the highest profits at the end of the day will win the match. However, take note that some games will require you to win 2 matches before a victor can be declared - it all depends on the game settings you chose.
What truly makes Jaipur unique and so much more appealing than its physical counterpart is definitely its campaign. As mentioned before, in the campaign, your goal is to drive your competitors to ruin and dominate the market.
Unlike solo or multiplayer (either online or pass and play) matches where you can choose the game settings you like; the game will set the rules for you here… all you need to do is to beat your AI opponent and win the trade war. The rules vary from city to city, so you’ll certainly be kept constantly on your toes. Not to mention, as you progress, the difficulty level of the games will increase gradually so you can expect some challenging matches ahead if you do find the campaign “too easy” for you.
Jaipur is a rather niche game and as such, the game community isn’t exactly massive. However, you will always be able to find an opponent to play against in the game’s online multiplayer, so don’t worry! If not, you could just get a couple friends to play with you.
The graphics in this game uses a sketch-based art style which may appeal to many. It does give the game that unique hand-drawn look. In terms of music, Jaipur, being an Indian-inspired game, naturally offers a couple of Indian tunes. The music is quite nice to listen to as you play. Couple that with the ambient sounds of people bartering in the background, and you’ll get a game that’s quite immersive.
In a nutshell, Jaipur is a fascinating cards-and-chips game that is amazingly strategic to play. The game may seem difficult to get into at first, but once you’ve learned the basics, you may find yourself drawn into the intriguing world of goods trading.
Jaipur is available on both Android and iOS.