Recently I was given the opportunity to check out a fairly new game. I got lots of pictures, a copy of the rules and even an unboxing video. This is my thoughts and opinions on the presented materials. This is my first of what may become a regular entry of these smaller and faster, Preview Reviews. Enjoy!
Castle Rising is a game by Carlos Michan published by Lost Games. It is for 3-6 players. In this game, players compete to create the most powerful kingdom. This is done by gathering and bidding for resources, defending strategic areas and building a better city than their opponents. I won’t get into all the rules here since this is only a Preview Review. However the rules are easily downloaded from their site at the following link.
It is a strategic and economic board game. Of course, like most games on the market today, the winner is the one who has the most victory points at the end of the game.
From the pictures, all the tokens, bits and player boards appear to be made of thick sturdy cardboard. The graphics on all the pieces look really nice. The dice are just simple, common white dice. Some more thematic dice would be nice but it doesn’t appear as if it’s really that big of a deal. Overall it appears that the designer put a lot of love into the look of the game.
8 out of 10
The rulebook is full color with tons of pictures and references. It is extremely detailed in how to play and is simple and easy to read. Everything appears to be well put together and the rulebook compliments the game very well.
9 out of 10
Setup appears to be relatively simple with a game time of only 60 minutes. The mechanics of the game appear similar to those of Stone Age, a worker placement game that I am truly fond of. Looking over everything, it looks simple enough to play and appears that everything flows together really nicely. I didn’t see anything that looked broken or that needed clarification to be able to play the game properly. All in all, it looks to be a really tight, fun game to play.
9 out of 10
Castle Rising looks to be a light to medium game of worker placement, economics and bidding. I would say that this would fit well with those who love Stone Age but are looking for a different theme. Also this game, I feel would appeal to those who like good strategic Euros or economic games. Overall, I can say that from my preview of the game, it is definitely a game to pick up and give a try.
9 out of 10
For more information about this and other games, please check out Lost Games at their site.