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The builders are back in ancient Egypt, and as the players pull their strings, they collect resources and abilities along the Nile while trying to earn the right to place pieces of monuments and wonders from that time. Egizia is a worker placement game along the lines of Acchittocca's Leonardo da Vinci or Stone Age, but players must place their workers in only one direction.
Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of BoardgameNews.com
Average Rating: 5 in 1 review
I consider Egizia to be Stone Age version 2.0. Like the incredibly successful euro game Stone Age, Egizia a worker placement game, and it shares much in common with it. Yet Egizia has the advantage of being slightly more complex, more strategic, and thus also more satisfying. It first appeared at Essen 2009 and is currently just perched outside the BoardGameGeek Top 100 with a very respectable average rating of 7.59.
Egizia is an Egyptian themed game which has players send their workers to various locations on and around the Nile river. Over five rounds, you'll try to increase the strength of your construction crews, and use them to contribute to the building of impressive Egyptian landmarks like the pyramids, as well as ensure that you feed your workers and manage them wisely. There's lots of different ways to earn points, and unlike Stone Age there are no dice, but there are cards which can be claimed to offer short term and long term rewards, so end-of-game scoring is an important element of game-play.
For a euro, the Egyptian theme is surprisingly well-developed. And while it uses the traditional worker placement mechanic, it adds some excellent twists that limit ship placement, and promote variable long term strategies. While Egizia is no Stone Age clone, this is a strategic worker placement game that fans of Stone Age will not want to miss, and I consider it the superior of the two! Overall a fantastic game!