Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Nile deLuxor Edition Card Game

I was recently given the opportunity to review Nile deLuxor Card Game by Minion Games.

Nile deLuxor is an stand alone replacement plus expansion to NILE, a set collection game with a euro-style feel. There are 5 suits each representing a resource type in Egypt. There are also specialty cards showing multiple resource types. Players draft cards into their hands and play them following simple rules. At the beginning of every turn a flood card is drawn showing one or more resource type. That resource type is harvested by the player currently growing it.

Contains 2 new crop cards (for easier play with 5-6 players), 1 new resource card, 3 Monument cards, and 3 turn counter cards. This is an Expansion of Nile.

NOTICE: If you own the previous version of NILE we are offering a special $10 discount coupon for deLuxor if you send us your UPC symbol off the box or an image of it ripped off the box. This offer will be made available though your local game store as well, so please contact them!

I love that this game was so beautifully made! Just look at how pretty the cards are:

I am a member of several gaming groups here in the Charlotte are, and an Admin for 1 group, so I brought this game along to teach to all my gaming friends. This game was very easy to teach, even when I had never played it!

In Nile DeLuxor, you are a farmer in ancient Egypt. The Nile is the life-giving river which allows you to harvest your crops. You have to plant your crops - there are seven different crops (Papyrus, Wheat, Lettuce, Castor, Flax, Grape, and Onion) and harvest whatever the Nile says is the next harvestable crop. But you can't plant what just flooded, nor can you plant something if the other players have more of that crop already planted than you can plant. So, what if you can't plant anything? Well, then you can speculate on the next crop that will be flooded. Speculation cards have 2 different crops on them, and if one of the crops you speculated on comes up for harvest on the next turn, your speculation has successful and you get more cards. Seems easy, right? Well, it is - but watch out for the Plague of Locusts - that'll ruin whatever the largest field is.

So while this seems like a peaceful little farming game, it is a game of screw your neighbor and hope your crop comes up before they can screw you. Oh, and a little gambling that your speculation cards will come up successful.

Overall, I would have to say that this is a very easy game to learn, for pretty much any age, and it was a lot of fun. My gaming friends and I really enjoyed it, and now it is one of the games that the others now go, "Oh, can we play that?" as they pull it out of my pile of games.

This would also be a good game for kids (it's ages 8+) because it will help them learn math skills (Do I have enough papyrus in my hand to beat dad's 3 papyrus?), logic and decision making skills, reading, strategy, and resource management.

All in all, I highly recommend Nile deLuxor Card Game by Minion Games.

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