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Heart of Africa
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Store:  Strategy Games
Theme:  African, Exploration
Format:  Board Games

Heart of Africa

List Price: $45.00
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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Advanced Strategy Game Nominee, 2006

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 60+ minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Andreas Steding

Manufacturer(s): Mayfair Games, Phalanx Games

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Product Description

Between 1845 and 1870, many expeditions were penetrating the heartland of Africa. Names like Burton, Speke, Baker and Livingstone are set is stone: they became true heroes of the modern world. As manager of a colonial trading company, you initially have only limited resources. Each round, a bidding structure decides the order of turns. Although bidding is costly, rewards may be rich. Resources, conflict, choice of actions, wholesale trading and players’ reputations are all matters of concern in this smooth and fast playing game.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Advanced Strategy Game Nominee, 2006

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Andreas Steding

  • Manufacturer(s): Mayfair Games, Phalanx Games

  • Artist(s): Franz Vohwinkel

  • Year: 2004

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 60 or more minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Est. time to learn: 30+ minutes

  • Weight: 1,546 grams

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


  • 1 game board
  • 24 resource markers
  • 1 Africa marker
  • 15 conflict markers
  • 83 action chits
  • 9 special victory markers
  • 5 retreat markers
  • 6 trading posts
  • 80 traders
  • 25 neutral traders
  • 5 wholesale traders
  • 60 influence markers
  • 2 player aid cards
  • 1 rules booklet

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 3 reviews

by A Gamer
Risk without the luck factor
August 16, 2005

Great game, difficult to learn but well worth it. It has interesting mechanisms, e.g. to decide who leads the turn, to allocate the spending of one player amongst the other players, and for conflicts. Very enjoyable.

by A Gamer
Worth learning
August 01, 2005

This game is relatively complicated, but really enjoyable and well worth the effort of understanding the rules. It combines various mechanisms (auctions, conflicts, control of zones, influence, specialization in one resources, alternating roles, etc.), so that the players always need to evaluate their options, whether to compromise on the reputation, trading influence, victory points, etc. The conflict resolution is very clever, with little luck involved, especially compared to Risk. Enjoy!

Overly Complicated
November 07, 2005
This game wouldn't be so bad except it takes 4 people over two hours to complete it when they're learning (and that was not counting setup or rule reading.) Turns take forever unless you know what you are doing so teaching this game is really a drag. I'm sure the more you play this game the more fun you would have, but finding people patient enough to learn it could prove a challenge.

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