7 Wonders Board Game Review

There are some video games, easy, but so revolutionary that the second they hit the market, develop into immediate hits. 7 Wonders is one in every of them. With a load of awards already gained, let’s have a look at what makes this sport distinctive.

Sport Overview

7 Wonders is basically a card sport by which every participant takes management of 1 nice historic metropolis: Rhodes. Alexandria, Ephesus, Babylon, Olympia, Halicarnassus or Giza and tries to make it the main metropolis of the Historical world. To realize this objective, gamers should exploit pure sources, develop commerce relationships with neighbouring cities, advance in expertise and lift a robust military. Furthermore gamers have the chance to constructed a surprise of their metropolis as a way to earn extra victory factors or different bonuses. The surprise is inbuilt 3 phases (besides one metropolis which makes use of 2 phases). The faceit boost sport takes place over 3 Ages by way of which the related card deck is used. In every Age gamers have the chance to develop their cities and construct a surprise by enjoying 6 playing cards chosen although a drafting system,comparable of that utilized in Magic The Gathering. On the finish of the third Age gamers rely their victory factors and the participant with probably the most VP is asserted the winner.

Originally of the sport every participant is assigned a metropolis randomly (there’s additionally the choice of every participant selecting town he/she prefers) in addition to the facet of town they are going to play. Every participant board is double-sided (A & B sides) with either side having totally different necessities and bonuses for every stage of Surprise constructing. Every metropolis is ready to produce a useful resource, proven within the higher left nook of the board.

Originally of every Age, every participant receives a hand of seven playing cards, dealt randomly, from the corresponding deck. Every Age is made up of 6 sport turns. Throughout every flip the gamers put into play a single card, concurrently.

A sport flip takes place as follows:

1. Select a card

2. Motion

3. Give your hand of playing cards to the participant sitting to your left or proper and obtain one other hand of playing cards from the participant sitting subsequent to you.

All playing cards characterize a selected construction and are of the next sort:


  • Brown Playing cards (Uncooked Supplies). These are useful resource buildings. They provide one in every of extra models of wooden, clay, stone or ore
  • Grey Playing cards (Manufactured items). These are buildings that produce manufactured items: Loom, papyrus and glass.
  • Yellow playing cards (Industrial buildings). These playing cards could earn cash, produce sources, change commerce guidelines and generally earn victory factors.
  • Crimson playing cards (Army buildings). They characterize navy buildings which grant navy energy.
  • Blue playing cards (Civilian buildings). These playing cards award victory factors
  • Inexperienced playing cards (Scientific buildings). These playing cards characterize expertise development and rating victory factors relying on progress in three totally different scientific fields.
  • Purple playing cards (Guilds). They earn victory factors relying on the variety of same-color playing cards or phases of wonders constructed by the participant or/and his neighbours.


After selecting a card, comes the motion part of the sport, by which gamers can select between 3 totally different actions:


  • construct the construction they selected within the earlier step. Every card has a price in sources or cash however some useful resource playing cards might be performed at no cost. Furthermore constructing particular buildings throughout an Age permits you to construct at no cost another structrures within the subsequent Age e.g in case you construct the Scriptorium in Age I, you possibly can construct at no cost the Library in Age II. If you do not have sufficient sources to construct a construction you possibly can at all times commerce along with your neighbouring cities so long as they produce the useful resource you’re in search of. It’s essential to pay 2 cash to get the useful resource you need (however by constructing some commerce (yellow) buildings you might cut back this price to 1 coin).
  • construct a stage of the surprise by paying the related price (proven on the participant board) and utilizing the chosen card as a development marker
  • discard the chosen card to get 3 cash


After selecting a card and performing an motion with it, gamers give the remaining playing cards to the left (for Ages I and III) or to the correct (for Age II) and the sport continues this fashion till gamers obtain the final 2 playing cards, by which level, gamers should select one card and discard the opposite. At this level which is the tip of an Age, navy battle begins and gamers battle with their neighbours by evaluating the variety of shields on their buildings (pink playing cards) with every neighbour and gaining a battle token (constructive or adverse) for every battle. The sport now progresses to the subsequent Age, till all 3 Ages are accomplished.


I admit that after I first performed this sport a couple of months in the past, I did not discover it too spectacular. I needed to play it once more a couple of extra instances to understand its depth. And it does actually have sufficient depth to maintain you desirous to play increasingly more as quickly as you understand that. There may be sufficient room right here for a load of various methods, relying not solely on town you play with additionally on what technique different gamers implement. And that is as a result of making an attempt to get rid of different gamers methods is acore component of the sport. Most instances you’ll discover your self fighting essential choices corresponding to “Ought to I select this card that fits my technique or possibly ought to I block my opponent through the use of a card he wants for instance to construct a stage of my surprise?” It is a sport of steady determination making and luck would not play any function. Many instances you’ll go for a one or two-color technique, particularly in case you determine to select inexperienced “science” playing cards however different instances you’ll attempt to stability between many colours.

The paintings of the sport is simply superior, especilally the participant boards depicting every of the seven wonders. Playing cards are easy however environment friendly in design and tokens (cash and confllict tokens) simply fulfill their function.

Lets undergo our typical score system to speak concerning the elements of a sport that basically matter:


As I mentioned earlier than, aesthetics of the sport are in a excessive degree. The field illustration attracts consideration instantly with a good looking mixture of wonders depicted within the entrance. Participant boards are colourful and illustrate the surprise of town in elaborate element. Playing cards are adequately designed, easy and stable. Coin and battle tokens could possibly be higher if the had been of wooden or steel (possibly in a deluxe version??). General 8/10


The center of every sport!. 7 Wonders actually makes miracles right here because it retains wanting for extra every time you end a sport. Mechanics are polished and totally different cities are completely balanced. An entire lot of methods to select from:you possibly can concentrate on useful resource gathering aiming for heavy price playing cards within the final Age, stability between manufacturing and commerce and even change the foundations of commerce. You’ll be able to select to disregard navy progress or to not or concentrate on science. However do not forget to at all times keep watch over your opponents strikes too. Gameplay is quick and is impartial of the variety of playes as all actions are accomplished concurrently. 9/10

Studying Curve:

Though the 12-page handbook could seem daunting at first, the sport is kind of easy at its core and fairly simple to recollect for future video games. After dedicating a while to learn the foundations as soon as, all will develop into clear and after a couple of video games you should have mastered all the small print. Final web page of the handbook may be very useful because it incorporates all important details about the playing cards of the sport. 7/10


Art work helps a bit right here. Buildings are depicted on the playing cards with stunning photos and the wonders are very impressively drawn on gamers boards. Nevertheless this isn’t a sport of nice immersion. The thoughts focuses lots on one of the best technique to win somewhat than the theme of the sport. 6/10


7 Wonders is at its greatest right here. As quickly as you get the grasp of it, you simply hold wanting for extra. Each sport is a distinct one and there’s a lot area for various methods testing. Though sport guidelines are fairly easy of their core, the sport is complicated sufficient to maintain you . 9/10


The enjoyable think about 7 wonders stems from it is strategic depth and replayability. It is not a sport that may make you snigger and interplay between gamers is minimal (solely commerce and throughout the navy battle part). 6/10



  • Every sport is totally different
  • There is not a single technique that may result in the win. Technique will at all times rely on opponents technique as properly.
  • Lovely paintings
  • 2-sided participant boards enable for much more selection within the sport
  • Cons:
  • Not a lot participant interplay
  • Little immersion

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