|Players:||2 - 4 players|
Santorini is a re-imagining of the purely abstract 2004 edition. Since its original inception over 30 years ago, Santorini has been continually developed, enhanced and refined by designer Gordon Hamilton.
Santorini is an accessible strategy game, simple enough for an elementary school classroom while aiming to provide gameplay depth and content for hardcore gamers to explore, The rules are simple. Each turn consists of 2 steps:
1. Move - move one of your builders into a neighboring space. You may move your Builder Pawn on the same level, step-up one level, or step down any number of levels.
2. Build - Then construct a building level adjacent to the builder you moved. When building on top of the third level, place a dome instead, removing that space from play.
Winning the game - If either of your builders reaches the third level, you win.
Variable player powers - Santorini features variable player powers layered over an otherwise abstract game, with 40 thematic god and hero powers that fundamentally change the way the game is played.
This was one of the first games in my collection back when it was just me and the family that played board games. I recently grabbed it off the shelf again to give it a whirl and it still holds up fantastically. The different God powers give you a lot of variability in play, the actions are simple, it has great production value, and the whole thing feels very chess like to play while having that whimsy/playfulness to it. I am never letting go of my copy, Santorini is a great two player game to have and if you can grab the Golden Fleece expansion for it it gives you even more powers to play around with!
This game is so simple to learn, On your turn just move and build. Except that the other player might build a level higher so you can’t move. This feels like chess or checkers to play, with strategy and thinking carefully about your move. But it’s actually very accessible to all ages and a quick play - we always have to rematch! The power cards add extra fun once you get used to the basic version too.