Small World Review and Giveaway

Initially
I was a little overwhelmed with the sheer amount of instructions but once we
got a grasp on Small World (sent to me by my friends at Esdevium Games) and started playing it
made much more sense and it all started to fall into place. I loved the concept because I like
intriguing characters with special powers and the way they are all trying
desperately to stake their claim in a Small World (yes it really is a squeeze for everyone!). It’s hard not to get a little power hungry and try to hang on to
as much land as you can to generate lots of Victory coins.

You have orcs, skeletons,
sorcerers, giants and ghouls to name but a few of the 14 distinctive races –
it’s worth reading up about the races instead of choosing blindly at the
beginning because each one has their own unique ability and depending on your approach
to the game might work to your advantage.

You
even have the option to create one special power of your own as one of the
badges is blank. I like that you can be
as creative as you want although there is no guarantee which particular race
the super power will end up with. It
does keep the game play quite fresh as you play different races or try out new
super powers each time you start over.

I
like how the player to go first is the one with the pointiest ears, this was
the cue for the boys to argue over who would go first and even try and stretch
out their ears a bit longer just to improve their chances!!! But it was a good start to get into
character for the game, you can see eldest here focusing all his energies (and concentration!) on cultivating pointy ears!!!

It’s
for adults and children 8+ but I would say play Small World a couple of times
before introducing children so they don’t get frustrated with you reading
through the lengthy booklet and learning how to conquer regions, how to abandon
them and scoring. Once you have
mastered the game though they will enjoy it, plenty of challenges and it feels
like a real adventure.

I
have a copy of Small World (£39.99) and the newly released Small World
expansion (River World, £21.99) to giveaway. 
If you would like to enter please fill out the form below by the 15th
of January. River World introduces
pirates into the mix and offers the same compelling game play with a few
welcome twists. Both the original game and the expansion are
available to buy from Amazon and your local friendly game shop: www.findyourgamestore.co.uk.
Win Small World & River World Games

144 thoughts on “Small World Review and Giveaway

  1. This would be great for my elder two girls to play as it's something they can concentrate on. I think the little one would be a bit too young though and lose pieces. Looks like a lot of fun though 🙂

  2. This is a great game, I play it on the iPad. Other fantastic games you really should try are Catan, Carcassonne and Ticket To Ride.

    These are all simple to learn but have hidden depths that keep you coming back for more.

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