Released in 2017, Dr Reiner Knizia’s ffirst take on the deck-building genre arrived around a decade after Dominion had laid the foundations. In The Quest for El Dorado, Knizia cleverly uses the deck building mechanic to move 2-4 players across the board in a race to find the mythical land of gold in South America. Along the way players will encounter jungles, expanses of water and sandy scrub. To cross these tiles, players need to hire and fire the right crew to move across the board efficiently and stay ahead of the competition.
The double-sided hexagonal boards and their variable set-up offer endless maps. Some are suggested in the instructions as are tips for generating your own. With each altered board comes a different challenge, creating oodles of replayability. Now I have heard some people whine about the smaller size cards, and I get that. But for me, the board is such a table hogger, that the space saved with the smaller cards is welcome and in my eyes forgiven. The cards work as both currency and movement and you will constantly be battling how to use each card to your advantage.
My wife and I are hooked on this game. I am pleased to say it works equally as well with two players as it does with four. It also bridges a lovely gap between being easy enough to grasp for new players, while offering lovely depth with maturity.
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