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Mark Johnson
United States
Santa Clarita
California
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10
Feb 2009*
Play it lightning-fast for best effect, but don't discount the strategic scoring possibilities for relocating nomads and placing base camps. A few extra points here or there make a difference.
2005-11-30*
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David Arnott
United States
Tarzana
California
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9
Feb 2005*
I know some are disappointed by its lightness, but after 10+ plays, this one has charmed me. Also, it works great as a two-player game.
2005-02-10*
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Peter Wiles
South Africa
Pietermaritzburg
KwaZulu-Natal
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Mar 2005*
Quick, fun exploration game, which I find to have a lot of interesting tactics.
2005-03-22*
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Chris Brua
United States
Michigan
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9
Jan 2007*
Delightful, light exploration game that is great to play with families and non-gamers. High luck factor, but that is part of the charm of exploration games and good use of "teleporting" your explorer and placing base camps can mitigate some of the luck. Fine with 2-3 players, but more fun with 4-5 because the explorers are close enough to mess with each other (steal resources, etc.). Perfect game length (30 - 45 minutes).
2009-11-29
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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9
Apr 2007*
Fast moving game........lots of fun
2007-04-30*
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Doug Adams
Australia
Oakleigh
Victoria
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9
Jan 2013
Players plunge into deepest Africa, turn up exploration counters, then try to position them to their best advantage in order to score victory points. Animals like to huddle together; nomads like space; treasure likes to be mined, and so on. This game on first appearances seems plays itself - the moves seem very obvious. However, this is not the case. There is quite a bit of subtlety here, as well as nastiness. The story of the game develops nicely, as the tiles are explored (about half of them are removed, half remain), the board opens up, and the relocation game begins to shine. I always think this game, and Carcassonne, as cousins - they share a lot of common ground. Africa and Res Publica are two of Knizia's most underrated and misunderstood games. Superb.
2013-01-23
Stephan Koehr
Germany
Frankfurt
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9
Jul 2008*
Probably Reiner's best family game. My kids' No.1 favorite for some years now. We easily prefer it to Carcassonne...
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Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
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Oct 2013
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Neal Herperger
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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8.5
Jan 2005*
Just raised my rating for this game after a few more plays. It's a great quick filler if played at a fast pace. I see the nuances to play more and more with each play.
2005-01-11*
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Christopher Bartlett
United States
Marietta
Georgia
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8.5
Oct 2011
UPDATE: Over the last five years, my opinion of the game has only improved. We always have fun playing this game - maybe one of Knizia's best when it comes to the theme-mechanics marriage.

Very good game to play with my daughters - 6 and 8. The element of discovery is very high on the fun scale. Plus, my daughters will develop an understanding of point maximization as they play the game more. I predict a solid 10 plays of this game.
2011-10-01
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Jeff Abramson
United States
Eden Prairie
Minnesota
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8
Nov 2008*
One of my favorites - good with any number of players 2-5.
2003-06-21*
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David McGhee
Australia
Sydney
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8
Apr 2009*
Prefectly simple but intricate game. Lends itself easily to new as well as old gamers.
2003-10-06*
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Walter OHara
United States
Burke
Virginia
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8
Jan 2004*
Great fun, good for families. Much like SOURCE OF THE NILE by Avalon Hill but a lot easier with the mechanics. The scoring is a tad arcane but once you do it a few times it becomes easy.
2004-01-23*
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Brian A
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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8
Feb 2004*
This game offers almost no strategic outlet. Although it has a large luck element, I think many people fail to realize the simple truth that there is a world of difference in this game between pursuing chances for 3 points and picking a random tile, generally worth 1 or 2 points. Many small victories determine the winner in this game. Finally, Africa is short and offers plenty of opportunities for laughter and groans and gotchas. I enjoy this game and after a few plays I have seen the light in terms of tactical decisions to be made.
2004-02-25*
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Gene Vogel
United States
Shakopee
Minnesota
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8
Feb 2004*
Pretty cool game. I can't help but be drawn back to this one - maybe it's the adventurer in me...
2004-02-26*
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Stephen Smith
United States
Jackson
MS
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8
May 2004*
This was my first Knizia game and really spurred my interest in his games. I really like the fact that there are a lot of ways to score in this game. I disagree that the optimal play is always obvious. Or that it is too luck driven. At any rate, a game I am very happy to own that has played well with anywhere from 2 to 5.
2004-05-28*
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Francesco Dello Iacono
Italy
Monza
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8
Jun 2004*
I like this game, my son like it, my wife like it, the whole family like this game...
2004-06-05*
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Brent Easton
Australia
Berry
NSW
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8
Aug 2004*
Another clever Knizia title. A good balance between exploration and exploitation.
2004-08-02*
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Boo
Canada
Kanata
ON
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8
Sep 2004*
Always enjoy playing this. You can have multiple winning strategies and it is difficult for other players to cut off all avenues of fortune. This plays well with 2-4, is easy to set up, and has simple rules with the ability to do more complicated strategy.
2004-09-11*
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Gert Schepens
Belgium
Lede
Oost Vlaanderen
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8
Jan 2005*
Nice game, played it once & I have nice memories..
2005-01-14*
Lincoln Damerst
United States
California
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8
Feb 2005*
This is an easy 8 for me. I like the randomness and the ability to move tokens to better your scoring. It may be light but it plays fast and challenges you to keep on your toes where you stop your movement and what tiles to turn so as not to benefit others. I suspect the rating may go up on this one.
2005-02-24*
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Jared Heath
United States
Dallas
Texas
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8
Jan 2007*
Great game. Played very well with 4 and 5 players.
2007-01-31*
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Craig Berg
United States
Munroe Falls
Ohio
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8
May 2005*
An underrated game. I think people were expecting "The Next Big Game" from Knizia when this came out and were disappointed. I find it to be a great family game.
2005-05-29*
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Peter
United Kingdom
London
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8
Jun 2005*
comfort game...very re-play-able...Carcassonne-in reverse...looks & feels good...rules MUCH more straight-forward & natural than over-perusal of rules made me fear...fine w/ children 3 & up
2005-06-20*
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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8
Sep 2005*
Though the rules seem a little complex to explain, the game always feels very natural. Due to the exploratory nature of the game, it is even quite enjoyable with only two players! This game is good entertainment for the entirety of its claimed range of number of players.
2005-09-21*
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Mary Tomaszewski
United States
Kentwood
Michigan
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8
Mar 2006*
Quick-playing and fun.
2006-03-01*
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Border Guard
United States
Lodi
California
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8
Mar 2006*
Good family game. Just enough strategy/tactics to make it interesting without being too difficult for the kids.
2006-03-14*
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Marco
Germany
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8
Feb 2008*
Played with more than 2 players it is really fun (though even with 2, yet trading doesn t offer much of a choice of course). Still easy to learn and a bit of adventure atmosphere comes up.
2008-02-03*
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Chris Shaffer
United States
Portland
OR
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8
May 2006*
A fun family game. My five year old likes it a lot and we enjoy playing it with her. With younger players, it can be a puzzle game, where everyone tries to help the active player figure out their highest-scoring move. We enjoy it more and more every time we play.

Make sure to check out the errata note for the English language translation: http://boardgamegeek.com/article/45740

This is also good for adults, with both tactical and strategic decisions to be made.
2006-05-03*
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Lucas Hedgren
United States
Dublin
Ohio
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8
Mar 2013
Very light at first blush. But, as was pointed out at me, the better player will win a great percentage of games, as there are so many turns, the right percentage plays will overcome the luck. At least, that's the idea....
2008-04-16*
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Mark Jackson
United States
Goodlettsville
Tennessee
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8
May 2006*
There is much LESS luck in this game than most players perceive - since Joe Huber taught me the joys of nomad relocation & thinking carefully about the "actual" value of winning the gold/diamond market. Don't be fooled - this exploration game has some teeth that MANY people ignore.
2006-05-22*
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Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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8
May 2006*
Lots of luck make this game eminently replayable. Great game for all ages. The many different ways to score points make every flip a token a new experience. Highly recomended.
2006-05-24*
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Douglas S
United States
Torrance
California
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8
Jun 2006*
Reiner Knizia game.
Very interesting game. My wife and I love the flavor and the its many goals.
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2013-05-21
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Ryan Wheeler
United States
Mobridge
South Dakota
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8
Jul 2006*
Great game for gamers and non-gamers alike. Fun discovery/exploration theme with classic Knizia set-collecting.
2006-07-18*
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Marcos Stocco
United States
Pearland
Texas
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8
Aug 2006*
Pretty cool game. Not too complicated, rules are easy to explain, and younger ones can play and have fun. However, it can be VERY strategic if so desired and becomes a very interesting game with the right set of players (although much is still left to chance, studious players can chit-count and play probabilistically in later rounds). One drawback is that there are a LOT of chits to keep track of and risk losing.
2006-08-23*
Wouter Cordewiner
Belgium
Gent (Zwijnaarde)
Oost-Vlaanderen
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8
Jul 2007*
First of all, this games is underrated here on the Geek because people expect a 'new' Eufraat & Tigris or Amun-Re. Take this as a light family game, and is meant to be so, and this is a fun game. Plays quite quickly as well, also great for 2 players. One of the most beautiful game boards in my collection.
2007-07-27*
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Kevin Cachia
United States
Springfield
Pennsylvania
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8
Dec 2006*
Not a deep game, but a fun game. But then, I'm a sucker for exploration games, when you never know what's around the next corner. Lots of luck, but enough choices that you have some control over your fate. Prefer to play with 2 or 3.
2006-12-30*
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Gary Pressler
United States
West Lafayette
Indiana
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8
Jan 2008*
One of my favorite exploration games. Like any of them, chance plays a significant role. However, the multiple, typically Knizian means for scoring provide some real decisions on whether to explore further or to score based on what's around you. Finding multiple monuments can seem like a letdown at first, but claiming good spots for bases (tents) can score big. I just really enjoy playing and watching the board change.
2008-01-24*
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Jonathan Franklin
United States
Seattle
Washington
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8
Mar 2012
I'll go on record as saying this game got a bum rap. I really enjoy it. There are a few cool variants as well, including the one that says the explorers cannot go past any chips (face up or face down).
2007-02-08*
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R. N. Dominick
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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8
Nov 2008*
I'm a sucker for a game with an exploration theme. Africa has a gorgeous board featuring a classic map of Africa which starts totally obscured and unexplored except for five coastal cities. The rules, once you tease them out of the rulebook that comes with the game, are classic Knizia, quick and simple, easy to teach. The decisions aren't that difficult and the game just snaps along with very little downtime. The monument countdown clock is an interesting way to measure the progress of and time left in the game.
2007-09-03*
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Pete Gelman
United States
Portland
Oregon
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8
Aug 2012
10+ plays (1x 3p, 5+ x4p, 4x 5p). Good game. charming and fast. the heart is in the scoring, like many Knizias. Lots of luck, plus tactical and strategic decisions. Light (but not too light) fun of exploring and maneuvering. With fast game play, a gem. Everyone I played with said they loved it. One after multi plays said it is her favorite board game. (update, year layer, still her favorite.) The panoply of if/then action choices take a careful extra and sustained effort to learn (Knizia trickiness). For example, there are numerous small differences in the scoring on actions on undiscovered tokens v. discovered tokens of the same type. Because of that, it is a bit more than a light game. I think the nice player aid cards in English are incomplete in one category, so I suggest you use this one instead: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/22559/africa-color-quick-r... . There is luck, but numerous tricky maneuvers, choices to score. The luck could be a problem that prevents some from enjoying this game. On the other hand this helps the game in some ways too-- no A/P, fast play, and no mini-maxing. Its theme probably does not bear scrutiny.
2014-07-27
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John Farrell
Australia
Aspley
Queensland
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8
Jan 2011
After 5 games I've at last recognised how much depth there is in this game. There are a couple of decent moves you can make - blocking opponent's great spots for camps, setting yourself up for a great move, etc. Last game I made a lot of points by clearing an area by mining then relocating a lot of nomads into it. Every time I play I see more.

After 14 plays: OK, I think I've seen all the depth there is to see. I still like this game.
2010-10-18
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Drew
United States
Wisconsin
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Feb 2008*
Received in Trade, October 2007

I am happy to give this an initial rating of 8.

This is a good, light, luck-filled game that also allows for some clever play and scoring opportunities. Good for an opener or closer, I'd say, when you don't want something intense, but still have brain cells left.

For a game this luck-heavy, it strikes me as surprisingly balanced. Your scoring is based mainly on the tiles you flip over. But if you're flipping over trade goods a lot, that just means someone else is flipping over monuments and getting all the base-camps, and maybe someone else is flipping over the animals or the gold & gems. So even though you don't know what you're going to get, you'll still be able to use that tile for roughly the same scoring opportunities.

Our first three-player game had a wide point spread for most of the game, but narrowed to just 13 points with the final scoring.

So it's weird for something to be so heavy on the luck while retaining a Knizia-style balance. I am anxious to play this again.

2009-05-16
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Jake Preston-Marshall
New Zealand
Twizel
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8
Oct 2008*
Lots of luck, but enough tactical elements to keep it interesting. I really like the mechanic here (turning over little tokens - there's always the hope that the next one will be a biggie). This was really popular at a family camp we were at recently.
2008-07-03*
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Mike Boyko
United States
Burnsville
Minnesota
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8
Jul 2008*
A fun exploration game.Seems pretty kid-friendly too.
2010-01-08
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Dan Hopkinson
United States
Smyrna
Georgia
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Jan 2009*
Heard about this from Mark Johnson's podcast. Prior to this, Reiner Knizia games had never really popped up on my radar. Just a fun, fast game, always with an action too few.
2010-01-03
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Board games addict
United States
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8
Feb 2010
This is an elegant light game that is perfect for families and kids. The components are gorgeous, especially the big and beautiful board of the African continent with pretty illustrations. It's a pleasure to play this game, not heavy but not entirely without strategy either. The exploration theme is a winner, and its a nice tension when you see what you get by flipping your tiles. An under-appreciated game.
2010-02-15
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Robin LeBon
Brazil
Porto Alegre
RS
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8
Dec 2013
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2012-07-28
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Mike n Phyllis Snedeker
United States
Nevada
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8
Apr 2015
Fun light set collecting game. Can be taught very quickly, but has some strategy kick to it
2015-04-17
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Bijan Ajamlou
Sweden
Stockholm
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7.7
Jan 2014
This game has some abstract rules, but stil manages to be little thematic (exploiting africa). The game delivers some excitement through exploring and flipping tiles. The game misses some variety in the amount of tiles and lacks strategy since its quite high amount of luck in the game.
2014-01-02
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