Sunday, October 22, 2006

My First Look At Timbuktu

Timbuktu is a game for 3 to 5 players. It is a deductive game, my favorite genre.

The game comes with very nice think card board, game boards (use 2 or 3 or 4 depending on number of players), camel tracking board, and item chits. There is also a lot of wooden camels and 2 short think cylindrical wooden tokens, a sheet of stickers for the camels and tokens, and a rule book.

The game box is large, the game pieces will not disappoint and they give you enough zip lock bags to keep all the game bits. Nice!

The game is simple. The goal is to move your camel caravan and save as many of your cargo as possible thus getting the highest score. Throughout the game your items are going to be stolen. Each item gives you points equal to the number of items that are stolen.

The detective work comes in when each round you get to see a set of three cards. These cards tells you which items from a camel in which stall, and in which lot it is going to be stolen from. Each round players will get to look at up to 3 out of the 5 sets of cards. Based on the cards and opponent movements players must deduce the safest place to put their camel.

It is a deductive game. Expect some downtime during the game spent deducing the best places to place the camels. Game time differs with number of players.

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