Do you have what it takes to build the most succesfull tribe in the Stone Age? Let’s find out in this prehistoric euro-style boardgame.
A game round roughly consists of 2 phases: a deploy phase and a harvest phase. During the deploy phase players will (in turn) place one or more of their meeples on various locations on the gameboard. They can choose to gather resources like food, wood, clay, stone and gold, or they can stay in the village and gain permanent bonuses in areas like food production or tools. Two meeples can even retreat in a special “Love Hut” which will allow the player to add an extra meeple to their tribe at the end of the turn.
When all meeples have been placed on the board, the second phase starts. Each player will now return his meeples from the gameboard in the order of his choosing. When gathering resources, dice will determine how many resources the player receives. Tools can be used to influence these dice by adding extra value to the throw.
Finally the player can score points by building huts (if he has the required resources available) or collect cards to gain other benefits and bonus points at the end of the game.
When all players have completed their second phase, they will need to feed the members of their tribe before the next round starts.
The game ends when the row of cards runs can’t be replenished to four cards or one pile of huts is depleted.
The previous “gameplay” paragraph is only a brief summary of the different options that are available in the game.There are a lot more options available, but that would make this review too long. Just try to remember that this game is a eurogame in every way possible: place meeples to gain stuff or points.
There is more than one way to earn points and it’s up to you to decide which strategy will work best for you. Beware of your opponents’ tactics and try to block them without losing too many points yourself.
This game is one of my favorite euro games by far. Wooden components, great details on the gameboard and even wooden dice … the artwork and components show how much the publisher cares about this game.
(+) Artwork and components
(+) Game balance
(+) one of the best eurogames on the market.
(-) almost no interaction between players