DescriptionCarcassonne is a turn-based strategy game for 2 to 5 players based on the German board game of the same name. By playing land tiles one by one, players build up a landscape of cities, roads, farms, and monasteries. Players compete to claim control of the features they build with a limited supply of follower pieces. Judging where to play the tiles and when to use a follower or not is a deceptively simple process - yet the depth of the game stems from judging when and where to use the followers to gain the most points.
Since the land tiles are random for each game, it has infinite replayability. Knowing which tiles are still left in the "deck" is a bit like counting cards in blackjack - the skilled player will beat the luck of the draw every time. Therefore one-to-one games play quite differently than with 4 or 5 players.
The game is playable with 4 players on the same console on one TV in roughly 15 minutes and also with 5 players via Xbox Live. Next to the base game it also includes the "The River" expansion by default. It builds a river of 12 extra tiles before each game, dividing the land in halves.
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|Lawrence||Aug 06, 2007||9.8 out of 10||98|
|VGcore||Aug 08, 2007||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Gamernode||Jul 25, 2007||8.2 out of 10||82|
|IGN||Jun 28, 2007||8 out of 10||80|
|Game Over Online||Jul 23, 2007||80 out of 100||80|
|GamesFirst!||Jul 11, 2007||80|
|GameSpot||Jun 28, 2007||7.5 out of 10||75|
|Jolt (UK)||Jul 07, 2007||7.2 out of 10||72|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Jul 08, 2007||7 out of 10||70|
|HonestGamers||Jul 05, 2007||7 out of 10||70|
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1001 Video GamesCarcassone appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Freeware releaseThe game was made available for free on 15th November 2007 to all 8 million Xbox Live members to celebrate the fifth birthday of the service, except for Korea, where they received Hexic 2.
Related Web Sites
- Wikipedia: Carcassonne (article in the open encyclopedia about the game)
- X360A achievement guide (X360A's achievement guide for Carcassonne.)
Carcassonne Board Game Design: