This is our Splendor review. Splendor is a card-based resource management road to victory points strategy game. You are gem merchants of the Renaissance buying items like transportation, shops and mines to create the best operation. Splendor is one of those strategy staples like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride or Carcassonne. One thing this has going for it is that games are shorter at about 20 minutes instead of the typical 45-ish for games like this. Get ready because the Splendor review is below.
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SPLENDOR REVIEW by BOARD GAME HALV
– CATEGORY BREAKDOWN –
Fun (7 out of 10)
It has been said many times on this site, but simple to learn impossible master games with countless roads to victory equal fun. This is that. The mechanic seems familiar yet deep and unique. The shorter playtime in something like this is a huge plus and helped with the marks on this Splendor review.
Replayability (6 out of 10)
The gems are always the same, but the mix of them in cards available to purchases changes every time. You basically have three levels of cards that get more expensive. As much as you need to pivot depending on what is coming out, at the end of the day there are only a few strategies so the games are not entirely different every time.
Player Interaction (6 out of 10)
You are pretty much playing your own game, but the decisions you make affect everyone is a subtle long term way. While there are no FU moves like in some other games, you work within a mix of five different gems and if you fight over certain colors with others, you are going to be disadvantaged. There are also different points getting strategies that affect things. It is enough where different player personalities matter.
Quality (6 out of 10)
Looking at pictures and videos, you would never expect the gem chips to be as nice as they are. They are like Vegas poker chips, with the same feel and satisfying clack sound. A simple yet robust game likes this requires a militaristic level of balance required and this has it. The base game has also been set up to utilize the key Cities of Splendor expansion that has come out since.
Art & Style (8 out of 10)
The game is strong all around, but this category really shines. Each card is a different item to buy with beautiful gems all with interesting art just as beautiful. It is in a unique and high-end style with the renaissance backdrop that is very unique and strong. As far as this Splendor review is concerned, high marks.
– IN CLOSING –
An absolute strategy classic for a reason, this is a great one to add to the collection and a big recommend. The game is simple in its play but incredibly robust in gameplay and replayability. It is also nice to see a theme you do not see too often. This has been our Splendor review.
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SPLENDOR REVIEW by OTHER REVIEWERS
3.5 / 5 – The Board Game Family Review
“Because of the simple and quick game play and how easy it is to set up again, it almost seems natural to play more than one game in a sitting. Splendor has also taken a readily-accessible spot in our game closet because it doesn’t require refreshing a lot of rules before we play again.”
3.5 / 5 – Board Game Quest Review
“I did find Splendor enjoyable. The game mechanics are rock solid (pun intended), the components are well made and it’s a game where we can jump right in and start playing. For me, the pasted on theme, low player interaction, and lack of depth keep it from getting too much table time.”
9 / 10 – iSlayTheDragon Review
“Splendor is an excellent game. It’s about as distilled as an engine-building game can be, and in this case, it’s a good thing.”
85 / 100 – Zatu Games Review
“Splendor a very, very easy game to learn and play. By your third game you should be able to understand how the game works and be able to use forward-thinking to get the upper hand against your opponents. “
4 / 5 – There Will Be Games Review
“Enough simplicity for anyone to learn, enough strategy to exercise the strategists, enough randomness to satisfy the gamblers, enough interaction to engage the warriors.”
Positive – Paste Review
“With just the right amount of randomness and simple rules that, without pictures, could fit on one side of a sheet of paper, Splendor is one of the best new games I’ve tried this year and a worthy nominee for the industry’s most prestigious award.”