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Lost Cities: The Board Game

2015 edition

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30-60 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Publisher(s): Thames & Kosmos

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Product Description

The research teams are outfitted and ready to embark on their adventures to find five forgotten cities. Who will lead the way to fantastic discoveries?

Each player guides a team of explorers on up to five expeditions. To advance along an expedition path, a card in the path's color must be play for each step forward. The card must be of equal or greater value to the player's card previously played on the path. After playing or discarding a card, the player draws a new card. Skilled team leaders assess when to play, hold, or discard their cards to move their own teams forward while at the same time preventing their opponent teams from getting ahead.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

  • Publisher(s): Thames & Kosmos

  • Year: 2015

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 30 - 60 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 1,166 grams

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 2 reviews

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Lost Cities is one of our favorite board games
December 07, 2015

All members of our family enjoy this game and that's saying something. Usually there's one, at least, who doesn't enjoy something about a game but we all keep coming back to this one again and again.

Here's a review I posted on my game blog:

Five different destinations are beautifully illustrated on the game board, some of them modeled after real ancient ruins. The goal of all players is to mount an expedition to one or all of these lost cities, but the first few steps of your journey will be in the red. (Expeditions are expensive, don't you know?) You advance along the track to your destination by playing cards in the appropriate color, and each card has to be higher than the last. Along the way, you can gain bonuses and highly sought-after artifacts.

It's a simple concept and easy to learn, but managing the expeditions is challenge enough to bring you back often. Also adding to replayability is the changeable game board--the artifacts, bonuses and ladders are randomly moved to different places every time you play. Interaction is on the low side because there's not much you can do to affect the play of other adventurers except get to the artifacts first, which makes for a non-confrontational-- just plain fun--game.

Early Review, Plan to Play Again, Quick Game, Too Much Luck
September 24, 2009

Okay, let me state this is an early review and the game was played only once, but since there are no reviews I thought I'd post one. I may add more detail or change the review in upcoming plays. The game board is well made, colorful and overall a nice looking game. You are an explorer searching for artifacts, points, and the final destination, You have five explorers (one is the researcher who get double), there are five paths and you can only have one explorer per path. Be careful, since an explorer who does not make it far loses points and the game moves fast especially when three explorers cross the bridge. Since you can only move one explorer at a time unless you have a slide move, movement becomes crucial and artifacts go to the first person there.

Overall I did not mind this aspect, but there is pretty much no way to prevent or block other players, so in some ways you are almost playing independently of each other except for the limited amount of artifact gathering.

My biggest problem with the game is that you use colored number cards to move. Five colors with numbers from 0 to 10. If you don't have the correct color your are screwed, if you don't have the right number, you are screwed, since cards are drawn eight at random, and replenished at random, the luck factor is too strong. My friends rarely discard good cards, so you are stuck playing your hand. You must play colors accordingly with numbers ranging from low to high so that your explorer may move. Once a card is played, no going back, no salvation, so you can literally be stuck moving an explorer which really makes the game bog down and boring.

Well, this is an early review, but overall I can't recommend the game for older players or serious strategy moguls. Still a quick play and cute for simply play or younger gamers. Thank you, JDM

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

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