Board Game Bargain – Santorini
Are you looking for some cheap games on a budget well we have you covered with some great games that all cost under $40 USD this months game Santorini may be the game for you?
Playing Time: 15 Min
Santorini is a highly accessible pure strategy game that is simple enough for an elementary school classroom. But with enough gameplay depth and content for even hardcore gamers to explore, Santorini is truly a game for everyone. The rules are deceptively simple.
Each turn consists of 2 steps:
- 1. Move – move one of your builders into a neighbouring space. You may move your Builder Pawn on the same level, step-up one level, or step down any number of levels.
- 2. Build – Then construct a building level adjacent to the builder you moved. When building on top of the third level, place a dome instead, removing that space from play.
Winning the game – If either of your builders reaches the third level, you win.
What makes Santorini truly special is its seamless integration of variable player powers into a pure-strategy game. Dr Hamilton has designed over 40 thematic god and hero powers, each fundamentally changing the way the game is played.
In Santorini, your aim is to be the first to move one of your minions to the top of a three-story tower. Each turn, players pick one of their two minions, and move it one space over grass and half-built towers on a 5×5 game board. After each turn, the minion you moved constructs one floor of a tower in a bordering space. Sounds easy, right?
Wrong, wrong, wrong. Ignore the cartoonish artwork, the Duplo-esque game pieces, and simple rules. This game is chess with more dimensions, where the most strategic, cutthroat player wins. Each player gets a mythical Greek hero card that gives them a special power—like building two pieces of tower, or moving twice under certain conditions. With the cards, Santorini plays best as a three-player battle, where you and two other friends are continually self-balancing the game. You’ll find yourselves ganging up on anyone close to winning, capping towers so they can’t climb on top—until somebody discovers a brilliant move no one can stop and takes the match.
This game is sure to be a blast with your friends and at such a cheap price point there is no reason to add it to your collection
Where to Buy: MightyApe *affiliate Link AU SHOPPERS