|Players:||2 - 4|
|Time:||30 - 45 minutes|
Blue Lagoon is an area control and set collection game in which players manage a group of settlers spreading out over the islands of a newly discovered archipelago.
The game is played over two phases (the exploration phase followed by the settlement phase). Over the course of both phases, you will expand your presence on the board by adding one new token each turn (either a settler or a village token). The goal is to collect the resources scattered over the map by placing your tokens on top of them. In the first phase, you can place a new token anywhere you like, as long as it is touching either the lagoon OR one of your previously played tokens. In the second phase, the board is cleared, except for the villages, and now you can only expand from the villages you played in the first phase! At the end of both phases, players score points for the sets of resources they collected. Most points wins.
All told, Blue Lagoon is a fun outing in the family game genre. We recommend giving this one a try, preferably with the Moana soundtrack on in the background.
This game is nice and easy to learn and quick to play. Players user their tokens to explore the map, gathering resources as they go. Points are awarded for a whole range of different things, for instance how many islands you explored and how many different types of resource you acquired. It's a real balancing act trying to maximise points in all the different categories and not getting blocked out by your opponents. On the first round you place your villages, then the second round is a reset, but this time you start your exploration from your villages - otherwise the rules are the same. It's a great game to involve the whole family because the rules are pretty simple, but you can definitely gain points if you plan carefully. The components are really nice looking, and the kids will love the Moana vibe. The only slightly tricky part of the game is the scoring, which takes almost as long as the game itself.