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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 60-90 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Hans im Gluck

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Product Description

Everyone knows of the pyramids on the Nile - eternal monuments of a powerful and beautiful culture, that can still take our breath away. The pharaohs choose their sites, build their pyramids, and thank Amun Re and the other Gods for their bounty.

Each player wants, as pharaoh, to build the most pyramids. To accomplish this, he must first acquire a province, where he can trade and farm. With his profits, he can buy new provinces and building stones to erect pyramids. For all his actions, the player must make clever use of his power cards. And always offer appropriate sacrifices to Amun Re. But, will it ever be enough? Whatever happens, a player must always keep his eyes on his goal: the building of eternal pyramids. For when a player loses sight of his goal, he will surely lose the game!

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2003
Deutscher Spiele Preis
1st Place, 2003
International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2003

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

  • Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Hans im Gluck

  • Artist(s): Franz Vohwinkel

  • Year: 2003

  • Players: 3 - 5

  • Time: 60 - 90 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 1,050 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #242

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent.


  • 1 game board
  • 66 money cards
  • 39 power cards
  • 15 province cards
  • 30 pyramids
  • 15 building stones
  • 10 player markers
  • builder, farmer, and province markers
  • 5 summary cards
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.3 in 13 reviews

Huge replay value - Knizia's underrated classic!
December 04, 2005
Amun Re is not as well known as some of the other European- style games from recent years, but it should be. We reach for this game twice as often as any other in our collection, even after years of playing with various friends. The game is superbly balanced. The rules are simple enough for a casual gamer but the gameplay has enough depth and subtlety to satisfy a serious strategist. Each turn presents agonizing decisions: how much do I invest to develop my provinces and how much gold do I reserve for the next auction? Rounds are quick, so there is not a lot of waiting around during the other players' turns. Highly recommended!
by A Gamer
Our favourite game
August 01, 2005

We keep coming back to Amun Re. The game is a lot of fun, especially with 4 players, as it makes the bidding in the New Empire cut-throat. The game is very balanced, and no two games are the same. In addition, the theme is omnipresent, and the game materials are fun to play with. We also like Puerto Rico, San Marco, and The Princes of Florence, but this is the most entertaining, in our view. Have fun!

Excellent and Challenging Game
July 10, 2004

Amun Re is a very rich game, with a central theme (pyramid building) that is complicated by a multitude of side elements requiring careful thought and decision making. There are many strategic choices to be made, and each province has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. So, a careful selection is required, depending on what strategy you're pursuing. And then, there is the element of dividing the game into two parts, with only the pyramids remaining after the first, which further complicates matters.

The game is not too complex ruleswise, but it is quite intricate in its strategy and in player interaction. Highly recommended.

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