EXCERPTS FROM THE FALL 1999 GA REPORT
FROM “POINT OF VIEW”:
TORRES (Ravensburger/Rio Grande Games; $39.95)
Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling, the talented duo who gave us Tikal… (Spring 1999 GA REPORT) have delivered the goods again with their new offering, Torres…
Torres, for two to four players, is about Knights building castles for their King and makes wonderful use of the third dimension as players actually construct Castles that rise to different levels…. Each player receives six Knights and a set of 10 Action cards. After the castle spaces are each seeded with a tower piece, the players place one Knight, each on a different castle, and the last player to place his Knight also places the King on a different castle.
The game consists of three “years” (or rounds)…for a total of 10 turns….On his turn, a player has five action points (APs) to spend. Adding a Knight costs 2 APs but the new Knight must enter the board adjacent to another of your Knights. …Moving a knight orthogonally costs 1 AP. One neat trick is that Knights may enter a “door” of a castle and exit by any other door in the same Castle no matter how many spaces the exit is from the entrance!
Placing a tower block costs 1 AP…Acquiring an action card costs 1 AP… The action cards enable the players to “break” the basic rules of the game and are often a surprise factor…
The objective is to build the Castles up and out and to have one of your Knights placed on as high a level of the Castle as possible. Castles may only be built as many levels high as their total surface area. At the end of each “year”, Knights score their level number multiplied by the total surface area of the Castle…Additionally, any Knight in the same Castle as the King AND on the same level as the number of the game “year” scores a bonus.
…From the pleasing artwork to the tactile pleasure of placing the towers, from the possibilities of well laid strategic plans to the surprise elements of the rule breaking action cards, Torres does everything right… – – – – – – – – – – Al Newman
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