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on 13 August 2015
What to say about Citadels? it's such a good game.

It also works very well as a 2 player game. A lot of games that say minimum 2 players don't really work so well as 2 player games but this is a whole different game for 2 players. I really enjoy playing this game in a group or just 2 players.

It lasts about an hour, which is also great as a lot of smaller games are quite short. I find the broad range of styles of playing fun to watch. This game includes the expansion which is great, the expansion is a lot of fun but once again it's a whole different game again! completely changes your tactics and style of play.

I have lots of games, I really enjoy them, but this game I think is a real gem. Easy to learn, hard to master, and a completely different experience depending how many people are playing. If you like games like mascarade, love letters, coup etc. then don't even think about whether you will enjoy this game, you will love it.
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on 27 March 2016
I bought this game as a christmas gift for my sister. I'd read good reviews online and watched a few video playthroughs and thought it looked great.

The game is really easy to pick up - if you've ever played love letter, it's a little bit like that. We played it multiple times over the holidays, and we still play it occasionally when we feel like this kind of game.

The size is good and it's easy to carry with you when going to a friends house, or if you want to play at a coffee shop/pub. I'm thinking of buying another copy for myself as it's a great game to have in your collection. Would highly recommend anyone who's thinking of buying this to go for it. It's a game you'll play more than once for sure.
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on 7 June 2015
A great game. If you think board games are still all about Monopoly and Cluedo, get this.
The game is for up to eight players. It is compact to stick in a handbag and plays for between an hour and two hours.
The cards and pieces are really lovely to look at and the gameplay is clever and easy to pick up.

The object of the game is to build your city of eight buildings first. Each turn a player will be a different role with different powers to help build a building or destroy another players buildings. There is plenty of tactics involved for deciding which role to take and how to use it. When a player builds a city of eight buildings, all the players tot up how much their building are worth in points and whoever has the most wins. There are bonus points for being the first to reach eight buildings. There are bonus points for a spread of buildings across different types.

Best game I've played in years and one that you will keep going back to just like Monopoly in your youth.
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on 10 November 2013
I purchased Citadels on a whim and it turned out be an excellent purchase.

The premise of the game is very simple, the game ends once eight district have been created by one or more players.
Each turn the player has the choice take two gold or draw two cards and keep one.

Each turn the players get the opportunity to select a character card which conveys to them special abilities for the duration of their turn. The players can then use these abilities to assist their own building endeavours or hinder those of the other players.

The game can be played with as few as three where each player draws two character cards, the play length for three is around a half hour, more players extend the playing time. But the game really comes into its own with a larger group where people attempt to second guess each other.

I'd highly recommend this game, it's a great group and family game.
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on 21 July 2016
This is dull if there are only two of you, best to play with four or more players. Don't overthink it, don't strategise, just play it, it works better that way. Fun, safe to play with any age group, try not to take it too seriously and it's a good card game. Looks complicated but it isn't really. Even dotty aunts can manage this. As recommended to me by the 23 year old personnel guy at work and it's definitely worth a go. One of the less expensive games too.
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on 11 November 2017
Still playing it five years on. Great for packing on holiday and varied enough to remain original each time it is brought out. We found it helpful to write down each character on a piece of paper open to view so the players can see who may be in the game.
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on 8 February 2017
This game was recommend by a friend who we then first played it with.

It's simple, fun and varied. Different peoples' play styles make this game fresh and exciting every time.

There are lots of these sorts of games out there - this one is a winner.
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on 7 May 2013
I'm sure there are plenty of raving reviews for this game but I wanted to add that it's especially well suited for taking on holiday. It's super portable - no bigger than a paperback book - but it has so much depth and flexibility that you can easily lose an hour to it with a few friends after dinner.

It's a rare game in that it really does play just as well with two or seven players. It takes about a minute to explain the rules, and before you know it you have a whole group of people trying to second-guess and double-bluff each other. Like most great games, it has a small dose of luck to keep things unpredictable, but being smart is twice as important as being lucky, and being devious is twice as rewarding. The fun is in the reveal, as each player in turn reveals which character they picked that round, and everybody's plans fall into place or unravel accordingly.

I wouldn't call it perfect, but there aren't many games that fill this niche so well. If you've rented a cottage or a ski lodge with some friends, to hell with a deck of cards and Travel Scrabble: this is the game you want to bring. This and "The Resistance: Avalon."
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on 9 December 2016
Really fun card game where you pick the action you want to do for the round. It's got elements of bluffing and deduction where you try and work out what else everyone has picked. Plays well with a higher number of players.
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on 12 November 2017
Great game, accessible to most given a short time to learn the rules. Can take a while to play. Fun to play with different sized groups. Bought mine second hand /like new and was pleased with the result
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