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Anatoli08 Sep 2013 3:35 a.m. PST

Cleopatra is a Days of Wonder title, and if you are familiar with Days of Wonder they are producing games that are very family oriented, they often have solid core mechanics and offer a good deal of competitive gaming.

Cleopatra is no different, in this 2-5 player game players take on the role of Egyptian architects working on a temple. Each player uses a constant stream of resource cards that are picked up and collected to build various parts of the temple. Once you finish working on a part you get paid, and every time a larger part of the temple is finished Cleopatra moves one step on the turn track. Once 5 parts of the temple are fully finished she enters the temple and the game ends.

The player with most gold at the end of the game is the winner. There is however one twist. Many resource cards and characters that you can use in the game vastly speed up your work – but also taint you with "corruption". This means that you can easily race ahead of all other players but if at the end of the game you are the most corrupted architect you are simply sacrificed to the gods and automatically lose/end up last.

Check my blog for the full review and more pictures:

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2013 9:03 a.m. PST

This is a good game and looks amazing on the table, but I can't seem to get people to play it. Gotta try harder, I guess.

Roderick Robertson Fezian08 Sep 2013 10:48 a.m. PST

And of course, the question is: what scale are the architecture bits suitable for? :-)

Anatoli08 Sep 2013 1:50 p.m. PST

@Andew, yeah I was surprised at how enjoyable it was. Wasn't convinced when one of the guys started unboxing it, but the gameplay is quite solid.

@Roderick, I think 20mm if you really want to use them for miniature wargaming. There are pictures on Boardgamegeek where people have painted the pieces up to a stunning standard.

Eclectic Wave Inactive Member09 Sep 2013 7:33 a.m. PST

Wow, the BOX is part of the Game Board? Genius!

Mrs Pumblechook Inactive Member11 Sep 2013 8:30 p.m. PST

we have this, it is a very fun game

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