Jaipur is a quite lightweight card-based game. Though not hard to get to grips with, it presents an enjoyable blend of tactics, risk and luck, with 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 make choices.Oh, such a heavy load … 😄
(1) Do you want to take all the camels that are on display in the market, or
(2) just one card of goods, or
(3) swap up to five goods cards between those in the market and the ones you have in hand.
Having got goods into your sweaty little hands, you can sell them. BUT only one type of goods per turn.
You 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 – not complicated
- little setting up
- mildly combative
- calls for a bit of strategic thinking
- some luck involved, but tactics matter