Entdecker Exploring new Horizons is a reworking of the game Entdecker. This version of the game starts with a blank game board to which players place tiles they have acquired in order to form Islands where forts, settlements and scouts can be placed.
This was the first time I had played this version of the game and I remember having a lot of fun with it despite doing so badly. You see this is one of those games where if you fall behind in the early game it can be pretty difficult to catch up.
Players score points for completed islands but only if you are on that island. However just because you are on an island doesn’t mean you will get the most points. This is due to the fact that other players can settle with stronger units in order to take the top spot.
One of the interesting things about this game was the use of scouts which go over to a bonus area once their island has been scored. First player to each hut gets to place and look at a bonus tile but no one else will know unless they are on a certain spot. This led to some interesting decisions and a lot of laughter at the end of the game.
Entdecker Exploring New Horizons is a game that I didn’t expect to play or even like but I thought it would be nice to try something new and I am so glad I did. This may be a little bit tougher than you might expect but it was definitely a lot of fun.
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