I first spotted this Agricola-style worker-placement game in my local gaming store, David’s in Brighton. I really liked the cover art, which was very thematically earthy in its colour scheme and text style, and the blurb on the back of the box sounded intriguing too (“With a balance of luck and planning, the players compete for food in this pre-historic time”).
This game is about stabbing your buddies in the back as best you can while trying to create your own personal menagerie of critters to take over the world. Well, the zoo world, anyhow.
Yes, this really is a review of what is, in effect, a starting tile, however the River and the River II, when combined do something really interesting.
This game won the Game of the Year award at Essen in 1997. This seems like a long, long time ago, and was well before I really knew what a eurogame was. El Grande is a eurogame. It sports many of the characteristics of one, including an emphasis on scoring points, a points track around […]