Splendor is a fast, elegant, and intuitive game in which two to four players compete to build Renaissance Europe's most lucrative and prestigious jewelry business. You begin by collecting raw gems and use those to fund the development of mines throughout the world. Once you've mined more gemstones, you must acquire the means to transport them, artisans to shape them, and finally a storefront where you can sell your polished jewels. If you produce exactly the right jewelry, a powerful Noble may become your patron, but even then they won't just hand you victory: the player whose business earns the most prestige wins. Deceptively easy to learn, Splendor involves quick strategic thinking and produces intense interpersonal competition!
I love this game and it's perfect for playing with family and or friends. It's a combination of luck and skill, so each time you play there's something different and exciting even if you're always playing with the same people. I bought one for myself and played with a few friends who loved it so much they wanted their own set! One thing though is that it's just slightly overpriced in my opinion.
This is a great family game. It's competitive and challenging. You have to change your strategies according to how others play their turns.
I bought this for my children's Christmas presents and friends. You will enjoy playing Splendor... :-)
I would highly recommend this game.
Really fun game! We bought this game after a few members of our family played at a friend's house. My 17 year old son, who hates playing board games with us, was forced to play for a family game night and ended up really enjoying it (winning might have had something to do with it). There are several strategies that you can go with, and it's always fun to watch others' strategy. We just got the game and have played twice in 3 days. My only issues are that it's designed for up to 4 players and I think that's restrictive (we have 5 in our family). A fun game like this should allow for more players. Also, the base price is kind of expensive, but I got mine on Clearance at a Target store for $20. However, it's really nicely packaged and is very good quality. My daughter, who is heading off to college, loves board games and I will give this game to her for her dorm.
I had played this previously with friends, and really enjoyed it! I was holding off on buying it because on other sites, it said it was not tbat great of quality. The coin are nice, thick, heavy, and quality printing. The cards were also in great condition. Would definitely recommend this game if you love straight forward strategy games that dont take longer than an hour.
I really like Splendor, but I don't know if it justifies its own price.
Most of the box is air. It is a $40 box that takes up a huge section of my games shelf, and it contains:
A deck of custom cards, 10 cardboard squares, and 40 custom poker chips.
You can fit the game into a pencil pouch. It is really that small (admittedly, great for travel).
I'm not super familiar with the economics of making a board game, but there are other $40 games on Target that contain much, much more in the box.
I love Splendor. It's great. I've played it maybe ten times in the past ~week since I got it, and it's great. I've only played two-player, but even then, it is so rare that I find a decent two-player game that I'd be surprised if the design didn't scale well to 3/4 players.
I recommend Splendor. But you should be prepared to be disappointed when you initially open the box.