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Store:  Family Games
Theme:  Ancient American, Exploration
Format:  Board Games


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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 60-90 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Wolfgang Kramer, Michael Kiesling

Publisher(s): IELLO

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Product Description

Mexica is the third installment of the legendary "Masks" trilogy designed by W. Kramer & Mr. Kiesling. Tikal and Java were the first two games in this series. Mexica is an investment game, requiring players to successful block their opponents while vying for majority with simple and subtle rules.

In 1325, seeing an old prophecy come true, the Aztecs decided to build Tenochtitlan, the capital of their empire. You are a "Pilli Mexica", a noble responsible for participating in the construction of the city. Judiciously use your action points to build neighborhoods, digging navigation canals, building bridges ... and to counter the plans of your opponents! Erect temples to increase your prestige and become the favorite of the Emperor!

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.5 in 6 reviews

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Great two player game
May 02, 2005

I've played this as a two-player game several times and the balancing problem is not very noticeable. This review is written from the opinion of a "lite gamer".

This game is light, fast, easy to play, with high replay value. The buildings are made of durable plastic and the board is beautiful bi- fold (folds in half and then in half again). The canals are durable cardboard, as are the point tokens and bridges. The remaining scoring pieces and pawns are small cubes of wood and matching wooden pawns, respectively. Everything is sturdy and well made, except the paper on the fold of the board is already wearing after less than a dozen games.

This is one of the "don't bump it or everything gets scattered" games so if you have small children, keep it in mind. On the other hand, the plastic buildings lend themselves as natural "stacking blocks" and have occupied my young children "on the side" while I played with my husband.

After playing only a handful of times, our stragegies have evolved. Sometimes our games are serious and sometimes just plain backstabbing fun. Too much backstabbing can be hilarious or annoying depending on everyone's moods at the time.

This is my current favorite and I expect to get many more hours of fun out of Mexica.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by E.c.r
Best Two Player Game in the Trilogy
November 01, 2003

I have enjoyed each title in the Tikal/Java/Mexica trilogy by Krammer and Kiesling. I agree with previous reviewers who have commented upon Mexica's lack of balance. In a four player game, turn order basically dictates strategy. I have frequently played this trilogy with two players, and have found that Mexica is the best in this regards. The influence of turn order on strategy is minimized and this makes for a very tense and strategic game. Highly reccomended.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Wong SH
Very competitive game
June 11, 2003

I like this game well enough, and appreciate the mechanisms. The availability of action chips and fewer action points certainly improves the play compared to Tikal, which is more prone to drag. However, my wife disapproves of it as categorised under family strategy. Besides the fact it is easy to learn, this is actually a very competitive game, with the leadership in every district changing hands pretty often. So unless your family is competitive YET non-rancorous, I consider this game more a gamer's game.

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

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