- Also check our best rated Board Game reviews
Ravensburger Asara Tactical Board Game
- Become the greatest architech of the country
- Use tactical sense to stay ahead of your opponents
- Playing Time: 40 Mins
- Ages 13 +
- 2-4 Players
Customers also shopped for
This product is subject to specific safety warnings
Asara is a strategic board game for 2-4 players ages 9+, who assume the roles of famous architects. Players compete to build the highest, grandest and largest number of towers over four rounds of play. Each step of the way, the architects must keep their sights set on their work as they overcome obstacles and competitive forces and strive to gain prestige points for their building achievements. The player who earns the most prestige wins. A nominee for the 2011 German "Game of the Year" Award from "Spiel des Jahres e.V.", Asara was created by celebrated, award-winning game developer Wolfgang Kramer.
Immersive strategy game for players who like to build world-class structures.
Beautifully illustrated, high-quality game content with additional game elements for an even more challenging game play!
In Asara, the Land of the 1000 Towers, players take on the roles of rich building magnates - Timanis, Mirar, Leiard, and Faraiel - who compete against one another to become the most acclaimed builder in the land. Competitors must dispatch their buyers to the four marketplace areas on the octagon-shaped game board to purchase each of the needed tower sections - base, trunk, window, and turret - in five different material grades represented by various colors. As players build their towers, they earn prestige points, which are awarded after each round. Additional points can be earned with the purchase of extra tower decorations such as gold medallions. These purchases are made using "Asari", the game's currency.
Encourages Strategic Thinking and Focus
Asara keeps players on their toes, thinking through their construction plans, managing their Asari money and adjusting their strategy as the game moves forward and their construction needs change. Game play takes about 45 minutes on average and players must remain focused on building their towers and completing the steps necessary to acquire the components they need. While keeping a competitive eye on other player's progress they collect as many prestige points as possible to become the most famous builder. For more competitive play, there is the professional version of Asara that uses the same basic rules and additional game elements for an even more challenging experience.
Players Work Side by Side
Asara players draft their individual actions, take them one at a time and in turn order with specific cards and game pieces. As they work independently to achieve specific goals, they must be fully versed in the game's rules so as not to miss important steps and opportunities to gain points that ultimately lead to victory. Asara encourages strategic thinking, reinforces the importance of sequencing and hones memory skills.
What's In The Box?
1 game board, 4 scoring counters, 1 year counter, 52 Asari coins, 100 tower pieces, 4 observation barriers, 45 merchant cards, overview guide, and 1 set of instructions.
Players compete to build the most impressive towers.
- 1 Game Board
- 4 Scoring Counters
- 1 Year Counter
- 52 Asari-Coins
- 100 Tower Pieces
- 4 Observation Barriers
- 45 Merchant Cards
- Overview Guide
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
First up, it looks great on the table. The board is bright and engaging - always a good start for a game. The various cardboard pieces are OK - it would have been nice if they had been slightly thicker, but they are OK. The mechanics are simple enough, if you are even remotely familiar with modern board games. You have a hand of cards which represents your "workers" which will do your bidding each round and you place them on the board to take actions (picking up tower pieces of various kinds, collecting money from the bank and building your tower). Hence it is essentially a "worker placement" type game.
The tension comes from the fact that you need to follow colour in each area - if A plays a blue buyer to get a tower base, B will need to place a blue buyer there too (or otherwise play two cards - a waste). Hence you need to decide your priorities each round and decide where to go first. In addition, the action area for building your tower has limited spaces and if you go there last you may be blocked out or need to pay more than necessary.
Points are scored for building tower pieces, number of towers, for using particularly attractive tower pieces (gilded sections) and for having the favour of the caliph (first player marker) each round. At the end of the game, additional points are scored for having the tallest and second tallest towers in each colour, for having most towers and for the highest tower overall. Hence, it has a large element of (essentially) area control or majorities. As such, it is best played with three or four players and isn't at its best with two.
There are a couple of optional modules that you can use, which is a nice idea - start off with the vanilla game and then add the two additional areas that let you recruit extra workers or build lighted window sections (for extra points and breaking ties), when you have the game sorted. If playing with gamers you would certainly add these in straight off.
I have played this as a family game with my 7 year old and 9 year old boys. They both enjoy it - we haven't played with the lighted windows yet, but will do next time I think. They have grasped the concepts easily and can plan their strategy from round to round quite well. It is at heart a fairly straightforward game, but it plays quite quickly (under an hour if everyone is concentrating), is lean and engaging. For around, £20 it is a good acquisition as a family game.
It would be OK as an occasional gamers game, I guess - but with so many other excellent worker placement games out there, it wouldn't be in (or near) my top choices for that category.
It is probably not a game you will play every week, but for an occasional outing if fairs well.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com