Our Egizia Shifting Sands review, what we have to say about the intriguing worker placement and civilization building game with an interesting river component. You are in Ancient Egypt and by using the Nile river, you can move around stone, grain and workers in order to contribute to building one of the great Wonders such as the pyramids. There are a few others out there like this one but the balance is solid and it has enough going on to be a completely unique experience that is all its own.

We took a look across fun, replayability, player interaction, quality and art & style to come up with the overall score for our Egizia Shifting Sands review. See the breakdown by category below.

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Fun (6 out of 10)

Egizia gets great points for how smoothly everything works together and the ingenuity of the experience. The game is just solid across the board. A good worker placement option. It gets a high score here but the only reason it is lower than some of the other categories in this Egizia Shifting Sands Review is it just comes down to the building of a few different wonders, which can feel limiting and some of the other efforts you have made not pay off as much as they should. The unique down the river mechanic is also not something you see every day and certainly helps. You can claim spots but you can only move further down the river. A very cool edition, though not groundbreaking.

Replayability (7 out of 10)

This game takes every effort to make this game replayable and they succeed. Almost all of the worker placement spots in every single instance completely change from game to game. In worker placement, the options can get a little stale, but that is not at all the case here. There is no one strong way to win, and those multiple paths (though maybe there could be more) are always going to help with replayability.

Player Interaction (8 out of 10)

As far as worker placement games, the player interaction is quite high as far as this Egizia Shifting Sands review is concerned. Not only are you fighting over spots like any other worker placement, but there are little fights within things like ports and within the Wonders that all are trying to fight over. The cool river mechanic doesn’t contribute to any player interaction, but that would be off theme and change something that already works well. Anticipating what others are going to do does get more complex though.

Quality (8 out of 10)

This Egizia Shifting Sands review gives high marks in quality. Worker placement is already tough to balance but adding in this river mechanic and fight that takes place over the win conditions, this game is special and it is well thought out. In a crowded space, this is a well thought out idea and is justified in its existence. The components are of great quality, though there is no great organization places to put it.

Art & Style (8 out of 10)

Really fun art in Egizia, the box alone is so beautiful and inviting. There is no place for much story illustration or anything like that, but the game board is jam packed and space is filled well. Each detail, down to the differences on the little worker tokens, are attended too with great care and the execution across the board is great. A cool look and great application of it.


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The result of this Egizia Shifting Sands review is a resounding positive. We reccomend this one beacuse it is a special game in the worker placement space. With such a crowded genre, this one stands out because of the cool "down the river" mechanic that adds new layers of strategy. Give this one a shot.

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