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Store:  Family Games
Theme:  Ancient American, Exploration
Format:  Board Games


English language edition

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10+ 60-75 minutes 2-4

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Product Description

As they wandered through Mexico, the Aztec, or Mexica, as they later called themselves, searched for the sign prophesied by their God, Huitzilopochtli: an eagle, perched on a cactus, eating a snake. There, they would settle.

Many years later, in 1325, the Mexica finally found the sign they sought and settled in their home on an island in Lake Texcoco. They spent the next 200 years exporing their chosen home and building their famous capital city Tenochtitln. They built dams to channel the water around land on which they built their homes. They called the building groups that were contained within the canals Calpulli. The Calpulli formed the basis for Aztec society.

In 1521, Hernn Corts destroyed Tenochtitln: a city of 15 square kilometers that had been home to over 200,000 people. Later, Mexico City rose on these ruins. Today, there are only a few remnants of the capital city of the Mexica.

In this game, the players return to the time of the Mexica. They build districts (Calpulli) surrounded by canals, build bridges connecting the districts, and build buildings in the districts. Players score points for founding districts and, twice in the game, for the buildings they have built in the districts. The player who scores the most points will win the game.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Strategy Game, 2003
Deutscher Spiele Preis
5th place, 2002

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.5 in 6 reviews

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Great two player game
May 02, 2005

I've played this as a two-player game several times and the balancing problem is not very noticeable. This review is written from the opinion of a "lite gamer".

This game is light, fast, easy to play, with high replay value. The buildings are made of durable plastic and the board is beautiful bi- fold (folds in half and then in half again). The canals are durable cardboard, as are the point tokens and bridges. The remaining scoring pieces and pawns are small cubes of wood and matching wooden pawns, respectively. Everything is sturdy and well made, except the paper on the fold of the board is already wearing after less than a dozen games.

This is one of the "don't bump it or everything gets scattered" games so if you have small children, keep it in mind. On the other hand, the plastic buildings lend themselves as natural "stacking blocks" and have occupied my young children "on the side" while I played with my husband.

After playing only a handful of times, our stragegies have evolved. Sometimes our games are serious and sometimes just plain backstabbing fun. Too much backstabbing can be hilarious or annoying depending on everyone's moods at the time.

This is my current favorite and I expect to get many more hours of fun out of Mexica.

by E.c.r
Best Two Player Game in the Trilogy
November 01, 2003

I have enjoyed each title in the Tikal/Java/Mexica trilogy by Krammer and Kiesling. I agree with previous reviewers who have commented upon Mexica's lack of balance. In a four player game, turn order basically dictates strategy. I have frequently played this trilogy with two players, and have found that Mexica is the best in this regards. The influence of turn order on strategy is minimized and this makes for a very tense and strategic game. Highly reccomended.

by Wong SH
Very competitive game
June 11, 2003

I like this game well enough, and appreciate the mechanisms. The availability of action chips and fewer action points certainly improves the play compared to Tikal, which is more prone to drag. However, my wife disapproves of it as categorised under family strategy. Besides the fact it is easy to learn, this is actually a very competitive game, with the leadership in every district changing hands pretty often. So unless your family is competitive YET non-rancorous, I consider this game more a gamer's game.

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