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Five Tribes Review

The Old Sultan of Naqala died so this opened up opportunity for everyone to try and gain influence from the Five Tribes in order to seize control and become the next Sultan. Based on a long tradition of German styled games, featuring wooden meeples. The rules of the game is…

The Crit

Gameplay - 78%
Understandable - 81%
Fun - 76%
Quality - 82%

79%

User Rating: 3.5 ( 1 votes)

The Old Sultan of Naqala died so this opened up opportunity for everyone to try and gain influence from the Five Tribes in order to seize control and become the next Sultan.

Based on a long tradition of German styled games, featuring wooden meeples. The rules of the game is relatively easy to follow but if you want to win you will have to work on strategy as one wrong move can set you back.

On a turn you take all the meeples from a tile of your choosing, you then start placing one meeple at a time moving to a connecting tile. As you place your last meeple you take all the meeples of the colour that you have just placed down. I.e. if you picked up two blue meeples and one green you wil move three tiles. On the last tile, you place a blue meeple and that tile there is one red, one white and three blue meeples. You will then have 4 blue meeples in our hand to use. You then take the action for the meeples and also any other actions required for that turn. When you have taken all the meeples from a tile you can place your camel meeple there, which means that you now own that tile. New meeples can still be placed on it but no one else can take ownership of the tile.

When no more moves are available the game ends and you will tally your scores. The player with the highest score wins. The game is fun for 2 players but have 3 or 4 will increase the fun drastically.

The game includes the following:

  • 30 Tiles depicting the Sultanate of Naqala
  • 2 Players Sets with 11 Camels and 2 Turn markers each
  • 2 Players Sets with 8 Camels and 1 Turn markers each
  • A bag of wooden Meeples with:
  • 16 Yellow Viziers
  • 18 Red Assassins
  • 18 Blue Builders
  • 18 Green Merchants
  • 20 White Elders
  • 10 Palaces & 12 Palm Trees
  • 22 Djinn cards
  • 54 Resource cards
  • 96 Victory Coins
  • 1 Bid Order & 1 Turn Order Track
  • A Scoring Pad
  • 5 Djinns & Turn Order Summary Sheets
  • A Rules Booklet

Five Tribes is a great game, it doesn’t require any die to play and strategy will be key to earn you victory.

Additional Information

Playing Time: 40 – 80 Minutes
# of Players: 2 – 4 Players
Category: Strategy
Age Rating: 13+
Publisher/Designer/Artist: Days of Wonder / Bruno Cathala / Clément Masson
Estimated RRP: R1100
Year Date: 2015

Likes

  • Interesting type of play
  • Not difficult to understand

Dislikes

  • More players makes it more fun

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