Designer: Reiner Knizia ♦ Publisher: KOSMOS (2015) ♦ MSRP: $39.95
Players: 2-4 ♦ Ages: 10+ ♦ Playing Time: 30-60 Minutes
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In Lost Cities: The Board Game: The research teams are outfitted and ready to embark on their adventures to find five forgotten cities. Who will lead the way to fantastic discoveries? Each player guides a team of explorers on up to five expeditions. To advance along an expedition path, a card in the path’s color must be played for each step forward.
Lost Cities: The Board Game Review
Of the recent Kosmos offerings, Lost Cities: The Board Game is by far the biggest hit with my kids. It took a few rounds to get the hang of how game play worked out, but after that, they’re able to sit down, and get to it.
The gist is you explore the paths to the lost cities, via cards, and gather points and artifacts along the way. After three rounds, all points are tallied, and a winner is declared.
While the recommended age is 10+, 7 or 8 year olds can easily play it, but they may have a harder time winning if they don’t understand when they should, or shouldn’t, make certain moves.
The only thing I would do differently with Lost Cities, is to add a 5-6 player expansion option.
Note: If you’re planning on sleeving the 110 cards, the size of the 2015 version is different from the previous releases, and uses Standard USA size 56mm x 87mm sleeves.