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Board Game Review: Santorini


Thanks for stopping by! I’m Eliza, and I when I’m not reading or glued to Netflix I love playing board games! I found it hard to build up a collection of games that were really great with only 2 players, so now I’ve found them, I want to share them!

Today I’m reviewing Santorini.

Santorini has to be the best looking game on our bookshelf. And we have some pretty games. I know I’m biased, given that I write Greek mythology fantasy but looooooook!!!

The basic premise is to build up temples and get your playing piece onto the third level. 3D gaming at it’s best. God cards with various powers alter gameplay each time.

Time to Play: 20-30 minutes

This is a quick game, and even quicker if you manage to get a sneaky move past you opponent or get a really good God card.

Strategy Vs Luck: 90% Strategy, 10% Luck

Luck only comes into this game when using the God cards. If you get a really good one, and your opponent gets a really bad one, then you’re laughing. Otherwise, this game is like chess. If you can see and block strategies then you’re going to have a battle on your hands.

Replayability: 8/10

This game is really quick and again like chess, the more you play the better you will get. There are 40 different God cards which means when you lose, you immediately want to try again with a different power.

Faff Factor: Medium

This is definitely not a portable game – it has loads of different bits, and it does need a bit of space to play. It’s really quick to learn though and you can just tip it all back into the box when you’ve finished.

More than 2 Players? No!

It says on the box that you can play with more than 2 players but don’t. It’s not very good.

Cost: ££ (Under £30)

Santorini is currently listed on Amazon under £30 but we have seen it much more expensive in the past.

Conclusion: 7/10

This is a really cool abstract game, and a great alternative to chess or checkers. And it's just such a good looking game!

About the Author:

When Eliza Raine isn't playing board games, she's the author of Greek mythology inspired fantasy romance.


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