Jaipur is a quite lightweight card-based game. It presents an enjoyable blend of tactics, risk and luck: pleasant graphics.
It’s all about making the most of the goods (displayed on cards) that can be collected from the market place. At your turn, you can either take from the market area or sell goods. To take goods from the market, you must choose between taking all the camel cards, or just one card showing goods, or swapping up to five goods cards between the market and those you have in your hand.
You can sell only one type of good per turn ~ and receive as many game-winning tokens as the number of cards you sold. Would you believe it – the value of tokens decrease as the game progresses … so hurry!
But you receive higher rewards for selling more cards of the same good at a time … so wait!
You can’t sell camels, but they’re crucial to powerful trading and they’re also worth a little something at the end of the game. Indeed, having most camels may even secure the win ~ use them thoughtfully.
“But I don’t even like camels – they spit !”
- can be quickly learned
- little setting up
- mildly combative
- calls for a bit of strategic thinking
- some luck involved, but tactics matter
► Jaipur – we’ll buy it between us