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Store:  Family Games
Edition:  Alhambra
Series:  Alhambra
Theme:  Arabian
Genre:  Speculation
Format:  Placement / Tile-Laying Games


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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 45-60 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Dirk Henn

Publisher(s): Queen, Asmodee North America

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Product Description

Granada, 1278. At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, one of the most exciting and interesting project of the Spanish Middle Ages begins: the construction of the ALHAMBRA.

The best master builders in the whole of Europe and Arabia want to demonstrate their skill. Employ the most suitable teams of builders and make sure that you always have enough of the right currency. Because no matter whether they are stonemasons from the north or horticulturalists from the south, they all want a proper wage and insist on their "native" currency. With their help towers can be constructed, gardens laid out, pavilions and arcades erected and seraglios and chambers built.

In Alhambra, players are acquiring buildings to be placed within their Alhambra complex.

The money in Alhambra comes in four different currencies and is available in the open money market. The 54 buildings of six types become available for purchase in the building market four at a time; one building is available in each of the four different currencies. On a player's turn, a player may 1) take money from the open money market, 2) purchase a building from the building market and either place it in his Alhambra or reserve, or 3) engage in construction and re-construction projects with buildings that have been placed in the player's Alhambra or reserve. The game rewards efficiency, as when a player purchases a building from the market for the exact amount of money, the player may take another turn.

Players with the most buildings in each of the six building types in his Alhambra score in each of the scoring phases, and points are awarded for players' longest external "wall" section within their complex. The game ends when the building market can no longer be replenished from the building tile supply, and there is a final scoring, whereupon the player with the highest score wins.

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Average Rating: 4.4 in 23 reviews

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by Dave G.
November 02, 2014

It seems as though I've settled into playing medium weight games. Part of this comes from the preference of the group I play with. Alhambra fits perfectly into that category, but is a wonderful game that I think would appeal to casual gamers and gamers alike. On your turn you can take one of three actions and of course there is never enough time to do everything you want to do, which adds a nice degree of tension to the game. Do you buy and build, take money or redesign? There is also the uncertainty of when a scoring card will appear which stops the round and initiates scoring. For me and those I've played with this is just an absolutely outstanding game deserving of my five star rating. I just don't see this game losing its luster as it is a different game each time you play. Wonderful, wonderful game!!

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Fun but luck factor is too high
February 13, 2009

This is an enjoyable light game but I thought the luck factor was a bit too much for my tastes. There is a lot of luck involved in the money cards and the building tiles that are flipped each turn. It’s true that with good planning and clever play you can create more opportunities for yourself but usually the winner is the one who is getting one lucky break after another with building tiles being flipped that they can exactly afford. In summary, fun light game for the casual gamer. Serious gamers will not be all that impressed.

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by Gamer
Excellent fun!
January 02, 2009

I am not easy to please when it comes to games, but this game is in my top five! I love that it can be played with 2 just as nicely as with 6. It's fun, and not as expensive as many other games of it's caliber. I've played it countless times since we got it for Christmas. The game requires strategy, but my 11-year-old nephew could keep up just fine. The game is well made, and the play is simple to teach others. Loved it!

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