Each player is the director of an expedition intent on exploring Tikal in search of the secret paths that lead to the temples and precious treasures that have remained hidden for over 1000 years. A player receives points during four scoring rounds for each recovered treasure and for each temple that he controls. But, both temples and treasures can change hands. The expedition that earns the most points exploring Tikal wins the game.
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User Ratings & Reviews
I sought this game out simply because it was a Spiel des Jahres winner, even though I didn't have the highest expectations, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. This is actually a really neat game. I was a little nervous about how the action point system might lead to analysis-paralysis with the wrong players, but it wasn't too bad. Since so many of the actions (especially later in the game) chomp up large chunks of your action points, players end up only taking a few actions on their turn. I like that there are multiple strategies to explore, and every turn you have to make a tough decision about which actions will benefit you the most. The exploration theme is sweet and it is actually very unique compared to other games in my collection. I've only played the basic game so far, but I'm not sure that the advanced game is necessary, it seems good enough as it is. My one complaint would be that the game seems just a little long. I think if we get a few games under our belts it will go quicker, though.
A game about the discovery and excavation of the ruins of Tikal. Great game with a more solid theme than you usually see in German boardgames. The game does suffer from being a bit long and procedural. Also prone to analysis paralysis. Still, the game is fun and offers plenty of interesting tactical and strategic choices. Beautiful components, too.
Looks great, but gameplay gets old very fast.
The best of the Kramer/Kiesling action point trilogy as it is less spatially daunting than Java and doesn't have the turn order issues that Mexica seems to have. Be prepared for analysis paralysis with ponderous thinkers.