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Kahuna

English language edition


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Product Awards:  
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1999

Ages Play Time Players
8+ 30-40 minutes 2

Designer(s): Guenter Cornett

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Kosmos

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Product Description

Two priests, both followers of Kahuna magic, compete to determine who is the stronger. For the competition, they have chosen an uninhabited archipelago with twelve small islands. They have agreed to use their magical powers to build bridges linking the islands. Each link forged brings a priest closer to control of the islands bridged by the magic. When control of an island is secured, opposing bridges are destroyed, perhaps causing their opponent to lose control of one or more islands. Thus, drawing on fate and their skills, each composes a strategy designed to give them the edge they need in this fast-paced game of shifting control.

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1999

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Average Rating: 4.2 in 23 reviews

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South Seas Magic
January 29, 2006
Kahuna is a fast-paced two player game that calls upon some advance planning and quick thinking. As you build bridges and claim Kahuna-control of islands like Faa, Lafe, and Huna, you begin to work out strategies and countermoves to maintain your control through the three short rounds of play. Average playing time is about the same as Lost Cities (around 30 minutes tops). It is amazing to me how quickly the control of the board can shift from one turn to the next; it is so easy to go from being the Big Kahuna to small-time operator.

I really want to give it five stars, but I keep losing! That doesn't stop me from playing over and over, it's just frustrating, and, hey, in Kahuna it's all about ME!

 
 
 
 
 
IQ challenge
August 16, 2005

This game is fun in that it can require some serious thinking if the players are experienced, but will also prove fun for first-timers. There are a lot of subtleties, e.g. which cards to discard, gauging which cards are in the opponents' hand, deciding whether to pick a card from the pile (hidden choice) or from the set of three cards on display (choice is then visible to the other player), etc.... The games are relatively short, and the materials are exotic. Highly recommended.

 
 
 
 
 
Fun to play
September 25, 2004
Kahuna is a fun to play game. And you do not know who is winning till the end. You are really good in round 1 - next round everything can change. Players are playing out cards to connect island. The player with the most connections to this island gets a point for this island. Doesn't sound too much fun? There are some more twist in - believe me.

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