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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 30-45 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Frank Brandt

Manufacturer(s): Adlung Spiele

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Product Description

In the antique era, Pompeii was a flourishing harbor town in Southern Italy. There was always construction work going on, and the town spread itself quickly at the foot of Vesuvius. When the volcano erupted in 79 AD, the town was buried under the ashes and completely destroyed.

The players are to create the town and build one building next to the other. Points are given to players who construct the same buildings or colors on one street.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Frank Brandt

  • Manufacturer(s): Adlung Spiele

  • Artist(s): Jurgen Martens

  • Year: 2001

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 30 - 45 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 108 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3 in 1 review

Solitaire-like game of tile laying
November 18, 2001

In this game, players alternately play one of three cards from their hand, trying to maximize their score. Each card has a colour, a building type, and a value. Orthogonally adjacent cards cannot be of the same colour or building type. After placement, the player checks along each direction (up, down, and diagonally) to see if there are buildings of the same type as, or colour of, the card just played. If there are buildings of the same type, the player scores the sum of their values. If there are buildings of the same colour, the player scores the highest valued building of that colour. In the 'bells and whistles' department, players have a 'joker' card, that can take any colour and type, and an 'extra move' card that can be used once to interrupt the game and have an extra turn.

Thus, the game is one of tile-laying, and, to me, has the feel of solitaire. I found it enjoyable, especially if you like puzzle solving. Good value at the price.

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