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Carcassonne: The Castle

English language edition of Carcassonne: Die Burg

List Price: $29.95
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8+ 30-45 minutes 2

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Product Description

The imposing silhouette of Carcassonne sits like a throne in the light of the setting sun. The city also acts as a fortress, protecting those who live there with its impenetrable walls. Visit the city to discover its many features and to learn why it is so magnificent.

Carcassonne: the Castle is an exciting tile-laying competition between two players. Inside the castle walls, the city grows as the players place tiles and their followers: knights to guard the towers, heralds to spread the news, and merchants to sell their wares in the markets. The player who makes better use of his followers will lead the race around the castle wall, which is also the scoring track for the game. There are several items waiting on the castle wall for the first player to reach them. Each will prove useful to the player who acquires them.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Game Nominee, 2005
Spiel des Jahres
Recommended, 2004
International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2004

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Reiner Knizia, Klaus-Jurgen Wrede

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

  • Artist(s): Christof Tisch

  • Year: 2003

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 30 - 45 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 786 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #62

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.


  • 1 castle wall
  • 60 castle tiles
  • 18 wall tiles
  • 2 keeps
  • rule booklet

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.6 in 16 reviews

My favorite game
November 29, 2006
This is my all-time favorite game for 2 players. A good mix of luck and skill keeps players of varying skill levels engaged. The play moves along at a steady page, and the pleasing visuals add to the enjoyment. It was fun right out of the box, but after a dozen sessions we are still learning strategies. This game has us trying to find more game-playing time in our lives.
Great Twist
March 05, 2006

This edition is a great twist on a fun game. When my cousin and his family moved away they took my best game players with them. But Carcassonne Castle is great for my husband and me. It's similar to Carcassonne with some twists.

Very enjoyable.

A great two player lunch game
May 17, 2005

In recent years I have started to change my outlook on games and gaming. At one point I owned literally dozens of games, some of which were played regularly and some simply gathered dust. Over time I determined the dusty games were best suited for EBay, and I reduced my collection to roughly twenty games which consistently find their way to the table.

These days when I ponder a new game purchase (and I still buy a fair share) my first consideration is always "Will I actually play it"? Carcassonne The Castle has risen to near the top of my current top-20 list for that simple reason - I play it a lot. There are already very good reviews of this game already, my contributions to these include the following....

1) This is meatier than regular Carcassonne, but not much. This is a pretty good portal game for newbies precisely because you can teach it one-on-one.

2) The game plays in just under an hour for experienced players. This in and of itself makes it a clear winner for me - I have a buddy that games and works nearby and we pull this out at least once a week over lunch. Now that's time well spent.

3) It is by far the best two-player game of Carcassonne for those who like the series (I can take or leave the original, I really enjoy Hunters and Gatherers).

4) It's worth the money.

5) Get a Crown Royal bag for the tiles. It's a nice touch. I use a mini Crown Royal Bag for the scoring tiles and playing pieces. You can get these cheap from EBay. In fact, get a CR bag for any game with tiles, including any game in this series, Ra, etc.

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