Isis & Osiris
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According to legend, Osiris brought agriculture to Egypt--the foundation of its culture. Together with Isis, he ruled the country with great wisdom until he was betrayed by his envious brother, Seth. Now Isis must search for her husband, and she punishes anyone who dares to stand in her way. Token and tile-laying game with nasty defensive twists and power struggles. Great for two or four players.
I give this game a solid 4 stars in the quick playing, fun dimension of gaming. It plays equally well for 2, 3, or 4, and can be taught in about 2 minutes. There are enough meat and variables to make repeated plays interesting. Overall, a great game for quick kick-arounds, or play with the spouse, family, or fringe gamers. Isis is well worth the price.
And if you like the design, try Kontor which was also designed by Michael Schacht. That is certainly a five-star effort.
Well, if you're looking for an easy to learn, easy to play, quick game with no theme, then this one is for you. Note, I didn't say 'little theme', but rather 'no theme'. Let me describe the game to you, and let you decide for yourself.
Each player receives the same quantity of different colored wooden disks (each player gets their own color). Then, depending on which variation you want to play, you either divide up, or draw from a face down pool of cardboard squares with positive and negative values printed on them.
On your turn, you can either place one of your wooden disks on the gameboard, or you may draw one of the face down squares, display its value to your opponent(s), then place it FACE DOWN on the gameboard.
You repeat this, taking turns, until the board is completely filled, at which point, the squares are turned over. Then you score each of your disks by totalling the values of the cardboard squares that are orthogonal to your disks. For example, if one of your disks was surrounded by one of your opponent's disks, a -2 square, a +3 square and a +1 square, then the value of that disk would be +2.
Your score, then, is the sum of values of all your disks. The gameboard has a scoring track if you want to keep track of multiple games.
Granted, the board and squares have Egyptian heiroglyphics, but is that enough to constitute an Egyptian-themed game?
So how does the game 'feel'? It's ok. It goes very quickly. There is strategy, and there is luck, and it takes a little skill to remember which square was placed where. All in all, it's an enjoyable, light game, but not really the sort that I'll want to play over and over.
I would rate this game as a 2.75 stars, but will bring it up to 3 for the quality of the game components (nice, durable, thick, cardboard squares, colored wooden disks, nice graphics), and that the game wasn't overpriced for what it was.