Welcome back to another review. Today's review is a bit of a bigger game than I have been talking about recently. Sultaniya by Charles Chevallier is a tile laying game set in the age of 1001 Arabian Nights. The story goes that the person that builds the best palace for the sultan will become the royal vizier. So let's dive right into a realm of gems and magic and get on with the review.
|An Enchanting Box|
|Beginnings of a Palace|
Players can place tiles on to any floor of their palace as long as there is at least 1 tile below it and there are no empty spaces/holes left in the board. The palaces will end up being 4 rows high and the game ends when a player completes their 4th floor.
Besides tile laying the game also features it's own currency, sapphires. The sapphires are used to summon the power of Djinns that grant the user a special power to use that turn.
The convenience of Sultaniya is that each floor of the palace has it's own theme and color-scheme. This helps keep the piles of tiles in order, easy to store, and easy to place when the time comes. In a game like this it is easy enough to have just made it random like a Carcassonne type game, but instead they built it in layers which works very well. Along with the color and theme of the layers comes the change in art. Each layer has it's own style and type of architecture that can be found. This makes it so players can really try to focus on what they need for points, however, the tiles can have 1 or 2 items in common so a race for certain pieces will come up. This is mostly true for the pieces that score +6 points.
|Tiles, Tiles Everywhere|
The rule book is very well laid out and an easy read. The game is also easy to teach and can be a good for newish gamers. Now, I haven't talked a lot about box inserts, but this one is great. The box insert fits everything snugly and has a bit extra room for any possible expansion in the works.
The double sided player boards and tokens are also nice. One side is more of a beginner character while the reverse is more advanced. Each character has their own starting layout and advantages, so you can dive into the game however you choose or mix and match.
|The Box Innards|
All and all Sultaniya is a fun game with a lot of possibilities and great production value. I really enjoy this game and give it a big recommendation. However, at this point in time I am feeling a little worn out by the 1001 Nights theme, but it works here. It is an enjoyable game and I feel it is suitable for people of all skill levels. Sultaniya gets a big thumbs up and a high recommendation.
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