Our play testers loved the map building aspect to this domino-like game. Also popular was the equalizing mechanic that ensures a player receiving the least powerful card gets first choice of the next round of dominoes. It's a quick 15 minute game played by confining the placement of dominoes to a 5 x 5 grid. Points are scored for the number of connected matching terrain squares multiplied by the number of crowns on those tiles. A great introduction to more complex tile placement games like Carcasonne.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
I liked trying to make a complete board with no spaces. My mom wasn't very good at that and always had holes in her board. I liked the details on the pictures like the dragon shadow or sea monster shadow. I liked trying to make my world look pretty so that pieces of the same type were together. It was fun to plan where to put my pieces. I thought it was strange how sometimes you got to go first and other times you got to go later depending on which piece you picked. I wish the people tokens had faces instead of being all one colour. This game was a lot of fun to play and I really liked it.
I like that if you went first you could choose between picking the better piece or going first again the next round. I liked trying to setup my board so that I didn't have any blank spaces. I liked trying to plan where to put my pieces. This game was quick to learn and doesn't take too long to play. I like that you don't know the score until the end of the game since you could be first and don't know it. But sometimes it was frustrating that I was looking for a type of piece like a forest and there wouldn't be any that came up with the crowns on them.
WHAT ADULTS THINK
This was one of my favorite games that we tested. I love the map/world building aspect of it. It's a simple game but promotes strategic thinking and planning ahead. We own Carcasonne and this game is similar but a simpler version that is easier for kids to follow and understand. I loved that the turn order would change based on how good of a piece you picked. I also loved that you had to strategize about how to complete your 5x5 grid and that you might fail and end up with holes in your grid. This happened to me a few times. The pieces were colourful and whimsical with fairy tale type creatures and images hidden inside some of them. We played this both with the kids and also with only adults. It was a fun and easy to learn game. There was a good mix of some luck with strategic planning to make it hard to know who would win. It would have been nice to know before the end of the game who won as it was sometimes a surprise and you might not realize who was ahead. I really liked playing this game. It was fun for kids and adults, educational, easy to learn, quick to play and had beautiful looking pieces.
Kingdomino is a 2 to 4 player strategy game that plays like dominoes with a kingdom-building twist. Each turn you will connect a new domino to your existing kingdom, making sure that at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type already in play. Make sure to include dominoes with crowns on them: these royal treasures help to multiply the worth of your kingdom. The game ends when each player has completed a 5x5 grid, and then points are counted based on the number of connecting tiles.
4 3-D Castles
8 Wooden King Tokens