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Lost Cities


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  • English language edition
  • Age range: 10 and up / Number of players: 2 / Play time: 20 to 40 minutes
  • Manufacturer: Rio Grande Games
  • 1 board, 60 over-sized cards, 1 rule booklet
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Technical Details
Item Weight431 g
Product Dimensions20.1 x 20.1 x 3 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:10 months and up
Item model number124
Main Language(s)English, English published
Number of Game Players2
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
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ASINB00005UNAV
Best Sellers Rank 85,855 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight907 g
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Date First Available1 Jan 2007
  
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For the daring and adventurous, there are too many lost cities to seek and explore. The search can take you to the Himalayas, the Brazilian rain forest, the ever-shifting sands of the desert, ancient volcanoes and to Neptune's Realm. Of course, one cannot go everywhere with limited resources so the players must choose which expeditions to begin and which to leave to others. Those with high confidence may have the opportunity to up the stakes: increasing the rewards for success, but risking more should the expedition fail. The player who finds the right balance will have successful expeditions. Too many expeditions will put a strain on limited resources and yield failure. Too few may guarantee success, but not victory! Players: 2 Ages: 10 and up Playing Time: 20-40 minutes FUN

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By EYE of NiGHT on 4 Dec 2009
Format: Toy
On Boardgamegeek, I rate Lost Cities 9 out of 10, and it averages 7.22 out of 10. Lost Cities has a great reputation as a two player game that couples really enjoy playing. It used to be hard to find good two player games that are not abstracts, like Chess or Draughts. Lost Cities has a bright, colourful theme of exploration and was one of the first of a great line of games from the German publisher Kosmos. Now you can find lots of smart little games like this to play with your partner or friend.

Lost Cities is a card game with a small board that you lay between the players. You play your cards on your side of the board, or discard them onto the spaces on the board. You are going on five different expeditions, through the desert (yellow), through jungle (green), in high mountains (white), underwater (blue) and to a volcano rim (red). The deck is made of large cards numbered 2 to 10 in the five colours, with three special handshake cards for each as well. You shuffle the deck and get 8 each. On your turn, you play one and take another. When the draw deck is exhausted, you total up your scores for each colour expedition you've been on.

When you play cards on your side, you can skip numbers, but you can only go up. So if you play the green 2,3 and 6, you cannot play the green 4 or 5 now. So if you have the green 6, do you play it now or wait and see if you draw the 4 or 5. Maybe I've got them in my hand and I'm waiting to get a higher green card myself.

And here's the big trick; for each colour expedition you start, even with a single card, you are deducted 20 points. That's the cost of starting out. So if you play the green 2, 3 and 6, you are on -9 points. You need to get some high cards down to get in the black.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Woodhouse on 20 Jun 2009
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You may think that paying around £13.00 to £14.00 for waht really amounts to a deck of cards is a little expensive. However this is a great game for two players and is easy to teach. Once the initial concept has been grasped then your straight into the game. There is quite a bit of strategy and decision making here and knowing how to play the cards and when to hold the opponents cards is the key. Also you can control the speed of the game as you continue playing until the last card is drawn. My experience is that this game really appeals to those who do not normally play games i.e. your significant other. In my opinion this game is well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By galaxygirl on 10 Sep 2013
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My daughter who's 17 and I love this game. It's quick each round lasts us about 10 minutes and very addictive. We usually play about ten rounds. It takes hardly any setting up and you need a space about a foot and a half square to lay the board and cards out. You do need to count at the end of every round so basic maths is needed. A great two player game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DARREN CHRISTIE on 3 Mar 2014
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I was a big fan of the iPad app and wanted this to play with my son when I visits him.
I know the iPad app was based on this, but still would I enjoy this as much having to do my own scoring?
The answer is yes, my son and I both enjoyed playing this a lot, doing the scoring at the end added to the tension/excitement of the game.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julian Goldberg on 6 Jun 2011
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This is a remarkably well designed 2 player card game whose rules can be learnt in 5 mins. In our first evening with this game, my wife and I played 5-6 rounds in a row. Although the rules are simple, there is a surprising and satisfying level of depth and strategy to the gameplay. When played well it involves skill, luck, forward thinking, bluffing, and attempts to hinder your rival's plans.

This game has a reputation as one of the best 2-player games out there. When first reading the rules I was surprised that such a simple game could live up to the hype, but I've been very pleasantly surprised by the depth of the gameplay so far. Most importantly it was great fun to play and left you wanting to play again when the round was up. A round can be completed in 15-20 mins although you'll probably want to play a few in a row.

Although the pricing is quite expensive for what you get in terms of components, it's a brilliantly designed game and I'd recommend it for partners up for a quick and fun bout of competition and mental challenge!
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I wanted a good two player game which didn't require a ghost third player, and this seems to be the highest rated I could find, so we gave it a go.

I like games that have some kind of story/realism, and with a name like 'Lost Cities' I think I was hoping for something a bit more story related. It's been played a couple of times in the last few months, but mostly it sits gathering dust. It's fine for what it is, but with so many rave reviews I was expecting something a bit more original and engaging.

To conclude, this is good game (mechanics work, quick to play) if that's all you're looking for, but for me it wasn't as special as the price and review average suggested.
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By Garuph on 16 Jun 2013
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Lost Cities card game is a simple to play game but with a great depth of strategy and a side-order of luck.
A pack of large (but not too large) cards and a board to play to is all you get, but the quality is excellent.
Up to five "expeditions" can be undertaken but starting one will incur costs and there is often no guarantee you will recoup the investment; but if you succeed the potential rewards are there for the taking. Start with a handshake agreement from a backer (or two, or three) increases both the initial cost but also the rewards for success.
The scoring can be a test of mental arithmetic or uses up loads of paper and ink. Therefore, I decided, like others before me, to spend some time creating a spreadsheet (fun in itself - sad, I know) and produced a good way of keeping track of scores in this two-player game.
It is also worth noting that the game seems, from other reviews and from my personal experience, to be a game that a "I don't play board games" wife will take to and get quite competitive over. So, it was a great addition to the collection.
Highly recommended.
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