The Azul Board Game master page. A complete guide. Review, how to play, editorial, useful links, similar games, FAQ, interesting facts and so much more. Azul is a tile drafting and grid pattern building top-tier abstract strategy game.



PLAYERS:2 – 4 Players
DURATION: 30 – 45 Minutes
GENRE:Abstract Strategy
DESIGNER: Michael Kiesling
ARTIST:Philippe Guérin, Chris Quilliams
PUBLISHER:Next Move Games
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Introduced by the Moors, azulejos (originally white and blue ceramic tiles) were fully embraced by the Portuguese, when their king Manuel I, on a visit to the Alhambra palace in Southern Spain, was mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the Moorish decorative tiles. The king, awestruck by the interior beauty of the Alhambra, immediately ordered that his own palace in Portugal be decorated with similar wall tiles. Azul brings you, a tile laying artist, to embellish the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora.

The object of the game is to be the player with the most points at the end of the game by drafting tiles and forming the most strategic patterns on your personal tableau. Games go round after round until one player forms one complete horizontal row to trigger the final point count.

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8.6 out of 10

Azul deserves all the credit in the world for being able to create such a simple and balanced game that is so much fun. As the game progresses, things get more and more challenging making for an always great conclusion. One downside for some is that there is a lot of math, but a good amount if you like that and its great for kids. Big recommend.

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The game is about helping the king decorate with Portuguese tiles. Azul is a well crafted set collection and pattern building game. You draft sets of tiles against other players in order to create strategic clusters that are going to get you big points. You need to strategically fill rows with groupings of colors in order to move them into your final square grid in order to score.

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We thought about everything from gameplay to theme, intensity level to overall motivations, the quality and more to determine what are the five most similar board games to Azul. The quick recap of the list is below with the link to the descriptions and full article below it.

  1. Sagrada
  2. Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
  3. Spirits of the Forest
  4. Dragon Castle
  5. Realm of Sand

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Who plays first in Azul?

According to the book, the player who most recently visited Portugal goes first. If that is no one, decide on your own.

What is the difference between the two sides of the Azul board?

One has a preset guide to where the colors go and one does not. The non-guided side still can only have one color/patter per row, you just get to choose where it goes instead in this version.

How many tile factories do you play with in Azul?

That depends on the number of players. For 2 player games use 5. for 3 player games use 7 and for 4 player games use all 9 discs included with the game.

Can you fill more than one working row at a time with the same color/pattern in Azul?

Yes. You can have multiple rows of a given color going at the same time but any round of taking a single color has to go in a single row. For instance, you have 2 rows of blue and you grab 3 blues on your draft all 3 must go together into the same row.

Can I put a color/pattern into a worker row if I already have that completed in that row in Azul?

No. Once you have completed that color, you can no longer put any more of that color/pattern anywhere into the row.

What is the best way to score tiles between rounds in Azul?

From top left to bottom right, moving along the rows going one space at a time with your finger. Take the score of that individual piece and then keep a running total. This will help you not get mixed up.

What are the scoring bonuses at the end of Azul?

For every horizontal row you have completed, you get a bonus of 2 points. For every completed column you have, you get a bonus of 7 points. For every color you have fully completed, you get 10 bonus points.

What games did Azul beat to win the 2018 Spiel des Jahres?

The runners up that year were Luxor and The Mind.

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