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Arkadia: Fun, even if I am no good.

Arkadia

Arkadia is one of those games that I’m really not very good at, but I really really like.  It’s technically a castle building game, but don’t let that theme pidgeon hole this game in your mind.  It plays nothing like any of the other castle building games I have played.

In Arkadia you play tetris shaped pieces on the board that represent buildings in a town.  You also place workers of your own color, or generic colored ‘migrant’ workers, in an attempt to “close off” (aka. surround) buildings.  This playing of pieces causes you to get colored seals of the king, which are worth varying amounts of money.

Arkadia Board

A game of Arkadia near its end. Note the different tetris shaped building pieces and the colored workers. The 3D center structure sets the value of the colored seals.

The money that a seal is worth fluxuates, to a degree that I think this game can more accurately be thought of as a stock market game.  The trick to this game is to sell your seals when they are worth the most, and hang onto them when you think the price will rise, just like playing the stock market.  So the skill required for this game are two fold:  skill in judging when the appropriate time to sell is, and skill placing pieces in the most efficient way possible to get the most of valuable seals.

Even though I am not a master of the skills required to often win this game, I enjoy it greatly.  It isn’t an unbearably long game, perhaps an hour, maybe as much as two hours if you have particularly slow players.  The luck involved with some of the draws keeps each game from being the same, and everyones plays affect everyone else, so you’re never just sitting there twiddling your thumbs like in some other games, because there is constantly stuff to be watching and aware of.

On the whole a very entertaining game, but not a hard one to initially learn. Even though it’s easily learned, it’s not easily mastered. At least, not by me.

Does this game sound like something you would enjoy?  Swing on by the Game Paradise online store and buy your copy today!

This entry was posted by The_Null_Entry on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 9:02 am and is filed under Board Game Reviews, Resource Management Games .
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