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Small World

by Days of Wonder
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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  • Fight for conquest and control
  • High quality European components
  • 2 to 5 players
  • Suitable for players aged 10+
  • 45-60 minute playing time
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Technical Details
Product Dimensions29.5 x 29.5 x 7.6 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:12 years and up
Item model numberDOW 7901
Main Language(s)Spanish, Spanish translation
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB0024H7OF6
Best Sellers Rank 9,236 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.7 Kg
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Date First Available2 April 2009
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 3 years. For use under adult supervision

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Manufacturer's Description

Small World is a zany, light-hearted civilization game in which 2-5 players compete for conquest and control of a board that is simply too small to accommodate them all. Picking the right combination of fantasy races and unique special powers, players must rush to expand their empires - often at the expense of weaker neighbours. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory.

Small World is inhabited by a cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs and even humans; who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth. Small World marks the return of the Days of Wonder line of heavily-themed, big-box sized games featuring evocative illustrations, high-quality European components and a compelling, fun theme.

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Small World is a zany, light-hearted civilization game in which 2-5 players compete for conquest and control of a board that is simply too small to accommodate them all. Picking the right combination of fantasy races and unique special powers, players must rush to expand their empires - often at the expense of weaker neighbours. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory.    Small World is inhabited by a cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs and even humans; who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth. Small World marks the return of the Days of Wonder line of heavily-themed, big-box sized games featuring evocative illustrations, high-quality European components and a compelling, fun theme.  

  • Fight for conquest and control
  • High quality European components
  • 2 to 5 players
  • Suitable for players aged 10
  • 45-60 minute playing time


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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 30 Oct 2010
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I and everyone who's played really like this game. It's not too long (45 - 90 mins), the board and illustrations are really cool and each game is different, as there are many race/skill combinations. There's also extension sets available, and it might be a good idea to get the female races as in this one only The Amazons are female. I've played with adults, teens and 10 year olds and everyone loves it. The rules aren't too complicated. It's like a simpler, shorter and more chaotic version of Risk and a good introduction to this type of game - highly recommend.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Fun 7 April 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Small World is a quick, easy to learn and addictive strategy game. Anyone can have a good time playing: it takes only a few minutes to explain the rules and most people will grasp the sense of the game within the first round. Yet the game offers interesting decisions on every round and no two games are alike. Better yet, games are fairly short yet addictive enough that players will be up for another game. This makes the game one of my most successful game purchases in a while, with the game already seeing a lot of play amongst my friends.

The game places players in the eponymous 'Small World', a domain that isn't quite big enough to accommodate the many fantasy peoples that inhabit it. Each player selects a particular race on their turn, receives a certain number of tokens and attempts to place them on the board so as to capture as many territories as possible. Players receive victory points for each territory they occupy at the end of the turn, and after a fixed number of turns the player with the most points wins. Here is the fun part: each race possesses different abilities and is paired with a random special power. The combinations of races and abilities are random and so each game sees different combinations, which many include Spirit Elves, Fortified Giants, Commando Humans or Forest Wizards. The abilities grant extra points on certain tiles, allow your race to move across the board differently or take over territories more easily and so on. Some combinations are weak, others are very strong. Most are more or less useful depending on the stage in the game and the state of play. Adding a further dimension to the game is the fact that you only have a finite number of tokens to make your conquests with any one race, so you usually find yourself running out of steam at some point.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great 20 Dec 2013
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I bought this game after watching it being played on Wil Wheaton’s tabletop and thinking it looked like an enjoyable game with longevity thanks to the multiple combinations of races and abilities.

The quality of the game is fantastic, the graphics and details on the board and the pieces are excellent and everything has a nice feel to it that you know isn’t cheap and flimsy – this game feels like it was put together with care and will last a number of years of solid use.

However despite owning this game for over a year it just hasn’t been out of the box more than a handful of times. In a games stack that has Catan & Carcassonne for competition Small World loses out time and time again. I think what drew me to the game has made it hard to for it to be accepted in my gamer group, the different rules and tiles and ambiguous rulebook has just made it an effort to “get into” compared to Catan and Carcassonne that were picked up within moments. Also the sheer number of tiles and tokens make it all so busy and time consuming that you end up investing a large portion of the evening in one game of Small World knowing that you could be 2 or 3 games into something else.

Having said that I feel that is my gaming groups personal feel for the game, I suspect in most other groups small world would be very accessible. I wish I could award it 3.5 stars as I think the positives of this game outweigh the negatives and I have always felt that if we invested a bit more time in the game it would shine. If I only had a budget or space for 1 or 2 games though I can’t see this beating out Catan, Carcassonne or others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favourites 4 Jun 2013
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Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've played this game with 2 players and with 4 players and it works fantastically with both. It's sort of like a quicker, less anger-inducing version of Risk. But unlike Risk, no one gets knocked out so you're all involved throughout the whole game.

The game is beautifully presented and the box is really well designed so you can put all the pieces away neatly and not find it in a mess next time you come to play.

The basic rules are really easy to learn and everyone gets a sheet with the basics on so it's easy to get started. Some of the details are a bit tricky - the rules aren't completely explicit but the answers to all your questions are there if you read them carefully. Luckily it's a very popular game so any uncertainty can be easily solved by a quick google.

Overall, this is an amazing game. It's got a good balance of luck and strategy and it changes every time you play.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small World - Huge Fun 28 Nov 2010
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Small World is a fun, fast paced game for all ages which appears quite shallow and simple on the face but actually hides a depth of strategy and planning that not many games of its nature can boast.
The gameplay is very simple and the mechanics are streamlined, elegant and easy to get a grip on - though when playing with people who know their way around the game the strategy and player-plotting becomes the most important aspect of play. Replayability is a big part of the enjoyment of this game, too; the large number of races and the larger number of powers (the two are combined to form a power-race combination which players take as their active race) and the different map sizes mean that you will never play the same game twice (unless you play it thousands and thousands of times; and you should!).
The game pieces have amazing artwork and design and the components (of which there are a large number) are made of tough and durable (and very thick) cardstock.
There are two different boards, each double sided, which are used for the different numbers of players that can take part in a game; 2, 3, 4 and 5. The artwork on the board, as with the rest of the components, is colourful and interesting and I'm still finding things on there that I hadn't spotted before even after countless plays.
The strategy comes from deciding which race and power to take, which territories to attack (and which player) and when to stick with a race or go into 'decline' - a key part of playing the game.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Like risk?
If your like the board game risk and your a fan of the realm of fantasy then this is worth a look and just beautiful art. And as much fun with 2 as it is with 5 people
Published 1 month ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game
Had lots of fun with this game for beginners and people used to board games a like. Worth the money.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Chatwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the family but has a lot of pieces.
Good interesting game (my boys are 7 & 11) but has a lot of pieces which would have been better as models as they can be sometimes hard to see or make out on the board. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ppward
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game
The races and special powers make every game different, I love that there is a different game board for each size game (a 2, 3, 4 and 5 player one) that makes the game worth... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, replayable and easy to learn.
This is easily one of the most simplistic but enjoyable strategy games you can play that won't blow people away with complexity. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Bought this for a small project in University.

Really enjoyable game and it was in top condition when it arrived.
Published 2 months ago by Tuez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great depth and easy to learn.
I play quite a lot of board games and this one quickly went to the top of my list of favourites. If you have played any other games by this maker you will know that the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter Thorndycraft
5.0 out of 5 stars good game
This is a great game. there's a lot of strategy and little down to chance, more like how good you are compared to the other players.
Published 4 months ago by sfha
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable family game for 2 -5 players, good game depth and easy to...
A typical great quality game that I've come to expect from Days of Wonder!

These are the hallmarks of any Days of Wonder game:
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Published 4 months ago by Franster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game for couples or groups
A brilliant game which is fairly easy to learn. Playing with groups is the best way for this as there will be more action but playing a two player game on the small board (it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aaron
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