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Die Gärten der Alhambra
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Die Gärten der Alhambra

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Product Awards:  
Spiel des Jahres
Recommended, 2005

Ages Play Time Players
8+ 45-60 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Dirk Henn

Manufacturer(s): Asmodee North America, Queen

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Product Description

An exciting and varied building game for the whole family. The city walls of Alhambra are established -- now the gardens begin to blossom.

Against the pictorial background of palaces, apartments and arcades, the players place wonderful swaths of green. Place your trees skillfully so that you enclose the most valuable buildings and get the most points.

But beware! With each move you not only place your trees, but also your opponents'. Die Gärten der Alhambra is a rethemed version of Carat, which lets you reimmerse yourself in the fascinating world and atmosphere of Alhambra.

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Recommended, 2005

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Dirk Henn

  • Manufacturer(s): Asmodee North America, Queen

  • Artist(s): Jo Hartwig

  • Year: 2004

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 45 - 60 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Est. time to learn: 5-10 minutes

  • Weight: 992 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. An English translation of the rules is provided.


  • 1 gameboard
  • 4 wooden towers
  • 36 garden tiles
  • 49 building tiles

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3 in 1 review

A numbers game
May 06, 2001

I admit that Carat is not the world's most wonderful game, but there is something about it that does catch my fancy.

On first glance, it looks as though the game should be fairly simple. All you're doing, after all, is placing a square tile on the board that gives a number--and the same number, at that--to the four competing colors. Yet choosing the best spot for that tile often turns out to take a minute or two of thought. The number you need for your own color on one side of the square gives that same number to the other three colors on the other three sides, you see... and therein lies the challenge.

I'd also like to mention that we found the three-tile variation not to take especially longer than the basic one-tile rule. It seemed to make playing more fun, as you were more likely to have a tile you were glad to play, and thus faster, since you didn't sit and worry which of your two or three bad choices you were going to force yourself to take.

Carat is not for everybody, since you have to enjoy playing around with simple arithmetic... but if you do, this is a nice game to do it with! Colorful, clever, clear, and quick.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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