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Ages Players
10+ 2

Designer(s): Robert Peter Moore

Manufacturer(s): Family Games

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Product Description

Imagine yourself living during Medieval Times, the period of history referred to as the Middle Ages. The Roman Empire had recently collapsed and the Renaissance era had not yet begun. Medieval towns cropped up throughout Western Europe. The Cathedral, a place of sanctuary and worship, was the focal point of the city and located in the center of town. Shops and various trading stores surrounded the Cathedral, while residents and shop keepers lived within the stone walls which formed the town boundary. What went on within these walls was dictated by rich and powerful landowners.

In the game of Cathedral, you are such a landowner. The playing board represents the site of the walled city. Two sets of playing pieces symbolize both the buildings and the two opposing forces who battle to gain control by strategically positioning their building pieces back on the board.

In this award-winning game of competition and rivalry, victory goes to the player who is best at blocking and out-maneuvering their opponent.

Box: 10.75 x 10.75 x 3.5 inches

Product Information


  • 1 board
  • 28 buildings
  • 1 Cathedral
  • rules

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.4 in 8 reviews

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Very addictive!
January 11, 2004

This is a great game for adults and children alike, and it's addictive! The rules are simple, but the strategies are endless.

Cathedral appeals to strategy game players (Risk, Twixt, etc.) as well as those of us who are helpless non-strategists! And our 8-year-old enjoyed it as much as the grown-ups did.

We are very pleased with the polystone edition which we chose after reading that the wooden pieces break somewhat easily. At first glance it does seem that the two colors are difficult to distingush, but after you've played once or twice, you get used to it and it's not a problem.

We like this game so much, we are ordering two more sets to give as gifts.


Engaging Game, Beautiful Presentation!
January 04, 2002

Positives: The layout is georgeous. Easy choice for a display game. The rules are basic, with few possibilities of misunderstanding. The variety of strategy and gameplay mimics that of the nigh-incomparable Chess.

Negatives: High price. Not for those younger, penny-watching college students. (Hint: Christmas present, worked for me!)

Verdict: What do you mean, you don't own it yet? Do you mean you keep borrowing a set from a friend? I would splurge and get the wooden or polystone set, both are extremely nice sets. The plastic set should be discarded or hidden until dire, Cathedral-withdrawal related emergencies.

Good fast fun
December 22, 2001

The components of this game are wonderful. I bought the wooden version, and it came with a number of the buildings broken, but it was a simple matter to glue them back together.

The game is fast to play, but the player who goes first should win each time. It is important to play games in pairs and switch sides. The game takes 15 minutes or so and it really quite an interesting puzzle. If you play the game where your pieces are hidden from your opponent, the game will have more tension. Without this, you can figure out the end game about five moves early.

This is a great game for non-gamers, and kids should find it fun, too.

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