This strategy game is easy to set up, is quick to play, and seems simple, but it will make your brain hurt—in a good way. Each player is a merchant from the Renaissance, and your life’s goal is to build your prestige by collecting gems, ramping up your jewelry production, and scoring a visit from a noble. This is one of my family’s all-time favorite games!
Age Range: 8 and up
Time to Play: 30 minutes
Number of Players: 2-4
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This game is one of my family’s all-time favorites and a particular favorite for my husband and me. It’s easy to set up and fairly quick to play, and it will make your brain hurt—in a good way! In my family, we’ve been known to finish this game and then immediately kick off another round right after that.
Here’s the setup: Each player is a merchant from the Renaissance, and your life’s goal is to build your prestige. You do that by purchasing gem mines, modes of transportation for your wares, and artisans who can turn your raw gems into jewelry you can sell in a storefront. Collect enough gems and cards to do all that, and you might even receive a visit from a noble, which gives you a mega prestige boost.
Note: The manufacturer says this is for ages 10 and up, but according to several other families (including mine!) most 8-year-olds are ready for this game.
When playing with a younger child, you’ll want to help them think through their strategy the first couple times you play, but then they’ll be off to the races. Even my 6-year-old loves to join an adult’s team to play this one! So when I’m playing with my younger kids, I try to keep an eye out for when they might need help thinking ahead, plus I intentionally hit the “off” switch on my own cutthroat mode before we start playing—I save that mode for playing against my husband and teenager instead.
From the Manufacturer
Make a name for yourself in the prestigious and lucrative jewelry business of Renaissance Europe in Splendor, the award-winning game of gems!
First, collect raw gems to fund the development of mines throughout the world—then acquire the means to transport them, artisans to shape them, and finally a storefront where you can sell your polished jewels. If you produce exactly the right jewelry, a powerful Noble may become your patron, but even then they won’t just hand you victory: the player whose business earns the most prestige wins. Deceptively simple, Splendor involves quick strategic thinking and intense competition!
WARNING: Choking Hazard – Contains small parts not suitable for children under 3 years.
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8 and up
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A parent –
This game is deceptively easy, but it requires you to think ahead and build a strategy. With every game we played, I could see my kids learn how to plan ahead better so they could have a chance at winning. These days, they routinely beat me!