Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Review Kachina

Kachina BGL-0046 pub. by Bucephalus Games www.bucephalus.com. 7" x10" lithographed box. 60 Kachina tiles, 1 scoreboard,5 player aid cards, 5 score markers and the rules. MSRP $29.99.

Gameplay Kachina is a tile laying game with much strategy and very little luck. Players take turns laying tiles from their set on the table, attempting to score points by having the highest number tile in the row or column. Certain Kachina tiles, drawn from Native American lore, affect the game in different ways. For example Koshari (The Clown) reduces the value of adjacent tiles to 0, while playing the Warrior allows the player to replace any tile in play with it and take that tile back into their hand. The game ends when the last tile is played and the player with the highest score wins. Designed for 2-5 players aged 8 and up. Expect a game to last 30 to 45 minutes.

Presentation I've been impressed with the quality of Bucephalus Game's releases so far and Kachina doesn't disappoint, though I'm not sure as to the reason for reprinting the same player reference material twice on the reference card. Heck they even put in a little pack of silica ge to keep the card stock dry. The eight age rulebook only needs four pages to explain the rules, though it may take playing through once to understand the effects of the various Kachina in the game. Also, for a game drawing its imagery from Native American mythos, instead of having two pages devoted to other Bucephalus products, I would have liked some background information on where the various Kachina came from and their place within the religion. Overall good game and nicely packaged.