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original German edition

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 90 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Michael Kiesling, Wolfgang Kramer

Manufacturer(s): Ravensburger Germany

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Product Description

Tikal is the most important and largest of all Mayan sites. It is located in the midst of an impenetrable jungle in northern Guatemala. The Mayans lived in Tikal from 600 BC to 900 AD, but little is known of the civilization that thrived there for 1500 years. As of this writing only a small fraction of the site has been excavated and investigated. Up to 4 expeditions plan to further explore the site to excavate and recover other temples and treasures.

Each player is the director of an expedition intent on exploring Tikal in search of the secret paths that lead to the temples and precious treasures that have remained hidden for over 1000 years. A player receives his points during four scoring rounds for each recovered treasure and for each temple that he controls. But, both temples and treasures can change hands. The expedition that earns the most points exploring Tikal wins the game.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Strategy Game, 2000
International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game, 2000
Spiel des Jahres
Game of the Year, 1999
Deutscher Spiele Preis
1st place, 1999

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.9 in 40 reviews

A great family game
September 11, 2003

When my 7-year old daughter asked me to play (yet another) Pokmon game with her, I asked her if she didn't want to play a 'real' game instead.

She agreed, and I pulled out my copy of Tikal, which had been collecting dust on the shelf since I bought it.

The game was a hit. We played the simpler version of course - the regular would have been too complicated for a 7-year old, but she had a great time - in particular she liked how 'graphical' the game was - no text to read.

And yes, she won the game..

The regular version of the game, with the auction seems quite appropriate for a group of regular gamers - however, the simpler rules can be used to make this a very good 'family' game.

by Mario
Awesome Fun, Great Replay Value
May 21, 2003

Reiner Knizia once said he had no favorite game, that he favored different games depending on who he was playing with. Well, my friends love this game and their intensity and enthusiasm is contagious. Tikal is one of my very favorite games because of it's elegant game play, esp. in the auction version.

After having played the auction version, we've decided there is no other version. At first we feared that it would add time to an game that already experiences down time between one's turns, but we found that it added a whole lot of depth with little impact on overall play time.

The best thing about Tikal--the thing that makes it so elegant--is that there is no perfect strategy that always works. Some people tout treasure collection, some people say to avoid playing a second tent, some say to cap a temple only when it's threatened, the list of tactics are endless, yet no one strategy is dominant. The game requires your flexibility and your ability to react to the game as it unfolds. You can't plan a strategy in advance because the others may bend it or break it with their own tactics.

The bits are beautiful. The game is amazing; game sessions are tense, tight, and though provoking. You can't ask for more from a game that Tikal offers. Tikal is a classic in my book.

by Can
My Best!
May 11, 2003

I bought this game and played it immediately with the auction version. My best WAS the Acquire and didnt think about a game better than that. Although i like the war games, ACQUIRE has a different place in my heart.But now it's the second for me because TIKAL is much more better than it.There is no luck in TIKAL.Auction version is perfect.Strategy is very important and you try to stop your opponents.I always tried to find games with no dice and i found the best.Buy it!!!you will see the ENJOYMENT.

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