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[The post was initially published on my boardgames blog HERE where I had possibility to use more formating / HTML coding ]

About game:


Azulejos – initially white and blue tin-glazed ceramic
tileworks – were introduced by Moors and only taken over by Portuguese
when their king, Manuel I, was fascinated by them during his trip to
Alhambra place in the southern Spain. The king immediately ordered
his own royal palace to be refurbished using similar ceramic – and
you, my Dear Player, as one of the artists hired by king, have a goal
to make the Evora Royal Palace magnificent.

In Azul we alternate with other players the placement of tiles
symbolizing azulejos which we get from ceramic factories. At the end
of the turn players check if they managed to place the tile and –
based how they did it – score points. As usually, player with the
highest amount of points wins the game.



Number of players:

2-4 (for me the best is 4)



Playing time:

Initially 30 minutes, later – easily in 20.


Complexity:

Low-medium complexity game which will give you fun for many sessions.


What I like:

- Beautiful azulejos – it is really well-made!
- No language dependent
- Very interesting puzzle
- Two versions



What I do not like:

- Only a short time-filler rather than main event of evening
- Can finish pretty quickly (5 rounds) if played deliberately in that
way
- Light, nice, beautiful and… that’s all



For whom?

This is game both for the beginners as well as experienced players –
can be used as warm-up, interlude between longer games or a way to
introduce new players.

What is important, younger players can be also engaged – those
youngest ones to do the drawing / clean-up, those slightly older
should quickly catch-up with game mechanics and be able to play.



More about the game:

My sessions of the game: Azul



Now couple of pictures from the game.

Two versions – basic (left) and advanced (right):

Beautiful azulejos - elements are of highest quality:


VERDICT:


See you in another game review!
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I play this with my parents. They like it, its easy and quick to set up. I like it but after a handfull of plays i find it a bit too light for me. I introduced it to two new players and they both won My brother who was a new player said 'I just did something without thinking' and he won !
Blehg. I like games where you get better after more plays. You get better but there is also a lot of luck. So.. Nice for the parents but thats it for me
 
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loverman21 wrote:
I play this with my parents. They like it, its easy and quick to set up. I like it but after a handfull of plays i find it a bit too light for me. I introduced it to two new players and they both won My brother who was a new player said 'I just did something without thinking' and he won !
Blehg. I like games where you get better after more plays. You get better but there is also a lot of luck. So.. Nice for the parents but thats it for me


Indeed, it is more an introductory game for many but as such I think it is perfectly suited.
 
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