Favor of the Pharaoh

Favor of the Pharoah Review

Boardgames are coming back in a big fashion, some styled after our favourite games and others with their own stories and themes altogether. Favor of the Pharoah is based on Tom Lehmann’s earlier game called “To Court the King” but is different in its own right. You can play the…

The Crit

Gameplay - 86%
Understandable - 78%
Fun - 82%
Quality - 79%

81%

User Rating: 3.7 ( 1 votes)

Boardgames are coming back in a big fashion, some styled after our favourite games and others with their own stories and themes altogether. Favor of the Pharoah is based on Tom Lehmann’s earlier game called “To Court the King” but is different in its own right.

You can play the game with 2 – 4 players and unlike a lot of games it is fun to play with only 2 players. You play with dice and claiming tiles to use. The objective is to gain the favor of the Pharoah. Players work their way up the levels of society gaining influence, once any player gains the Queen’s attention a final contest occurs for the Pharaoh’s favor.

It is not hard to grasp how the game works and if you have played Yahtzee before then you will feel right at home. The box contains the following components:

  • 1 Pharaoh Piece
  • 1 Start Player Tile
  • 3 Start Tiles
  • 4 Pyramids
  • 63 Populace Tiles (Yellow)
  • 36 Priesthood Tiles (Blue)
  • 36 Artifact Tiles (Red)
  • 3 +1 Die Tokens
  • 62 Scarab Tokens
  • 12 Standard Dice (Red)
  • 8 Immediate Dice (White/Grey)
  • 6 Custom Dice (Black, Purple, Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange)
  • 5 Double-Sided Level Bars

When you open the box you will have to punch out all the cardboard pieces, which is quite easy to do without damaging the pieces itself. All the tiles are nicely illustrated and it does not distract from the game.

You start off the game with 3 standard dice trying to throw any of the combinations of the 3rd level bar. After your first throw you have to lock at least one die in your pyramid, you then continue throwing the rest until all dice are locked, you then claim the tile underneath the combo that you have thrown. If you have not thrown any combo then you can claim a Herder tile giving you an extra starting die the next round. You can only claim a herder tile once per game, after you have claimed one and in a round you didn’t throw any eligible combo to claim another tile then you cannot claim anything.

The rules are set out clearly in the instructions and it even has a section explaining every tile that you can claim. The average length of the game is about 45 minutes which is not too short or long to have a great time.

We thoroughly enjoyed playing this game and cannot wait to play it again with some friends and even tweaking some rules to add some fun.

Boardgames.co.za distributes Favor of the Pharaoh and when our online store opens up in May you will be able to order your own copy through us.

Additional Information

Playing Time: 45 Minutes
# of Players: 2-4 Players
Category: Dice
Age Rating: 13+
Publisher/Designer/Artist: Bezier Games / Thomas Lehmann / Ollin Timm
Estimated RRP: R1 000
Year Date: 2015

Likes

  • Easy to grasp
  • Everyone will enjoy it

Dislikes

  • More different ways to play

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