Players: 2 (there is a 4 players variant)
Time: ~15mins (or even less)
This is my first review (and in a foreign language) so don't be too hard on me . At this time, Caminos is an unknown game. Only 4 ratings (including mines) and a few plays (mostly mines). However, it is a good game so I decided to write a short review.
The blocks are great. They are painted wood, not heavy but good quality. The boards (there are two of them and they are two-sided) are solid but the graphics could be better. The only problems I have is that there is little friction between the blocks and the board so block often shift/slides when inserting a new block. So you must be careful when playing your move. The other problem I had is that while the basic rules are printed on the back of the box in 5 languages, the full manual is only in German. This is not too much of a problem since there is a good English translation of the full manual in the files section and the basic rules are enough to play.
There are mainly two rules: how to place new blocks and how to win. See the picture:
for more information, read the manual available in the files section.
The rules are very simple and easy to teach and to learn. One can start a game in a few minutes and play well. Non gamers have no problem understanding them.
The game is very dynamic. On most turns, the other player may win if not blocked so one needs to block it while advancing one's own way. Also since the goal is only to link two opposite sides, not fixed side, one can change one's goals in the middle of the game. Game are short, but full of interesting choice and very tense. Sometimes, it ends in a draw.
I think this is a very good game. It is not by any means a heavy game.
The four boards, two optional neutral blocks and multiple possible play make for good replayability. There is some strategy but it is mostly tactical play. In summary, it is great, short and enjoyable. Also for the girlfriend or wife or family.
- Last edited Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:05 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:22 pm
Agreed. This is a very exciting quick abstract that can change momentum on almost any move. It is very satisfying to play a block that not only stops your opponent, but also sets you up for a winning play-perhaps in a different direction than you first imagined.
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Thank you Cedric! I aspire to write game reviews in French, so I know what a good job you've done. Here are some language corrections:
It is painted wood -> They are painted wood (pronoun agrees with the referent)
The board are solid -> the board is solid (singular verb)
could be betters -> could be better (adjectives almost never agree with the noun in English)
one must be careful when playing his move -> one must be careful when playing one's move (formal) OR you must be careful when playing your move (informal)
and that the basic rules -> and the basic rules
There is mainly two rules -> there are mainly two rules (plural verb)
Non gamer have -> non-gamers have
On most turn -> On most turns
one need to block -> one needs to block (singular verb)
while advancing its own way -> while advancing one's own way (only psychopathic serial killers refer to people as "it")
one can change its goals -> one can change one's goal (formal) OR you can change your goal (informal)
an heavy -> a heavy (though I think the 19th century tradition was "an")
There is a part of strategy -> There is some strategy
Thanks a lot for the corrections. I fixed all the mistakes you found.
Good luck for your french review . If you want me to proofread one, do not hesitate to ask. My french is not top notch since I am more mathematically inclinated, but I should be able to help.