2011 'Games 100' Best Family Card Game: Jaipur
Each year, Games Magazine publishes a Buyer's Guide to Games in their year-end holiday issue. The article lists and reviews one hundred games each year, and is therefore known as the "Games 100" list, which features the very best games published in the last year.
The competition has numerous categories, including Abstract Strategy Games, Advanced Strategy Games, Family Games, Family Strategy Games, Party Games, and Puzzles, but the category we want to focus on is called "Best Family Card Game", which picks the top games suitable for family play. Naturally, the games are for various ages, but are of consistently high quality, playability, and fun factor.
The winner of the 2011 "Games 100" Best Family Card Game award is "Jaipur", from Asmodee Editions, a card game full of surprises for seasoned traders!
Jaipur is a fast-playing and beautifully illustrated card game for two players. Game time is approximately 30 minutes.
In the game, you play one of the two most powerful traders in the city of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. But that's not enough for you, because only the merchant with two Seals of Excellence will have the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja's court. You are therefore going to have to do better than your direct competitor by buying, exchanging and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.
If you wish to become the official merchant of the Maharaja, you'll need to work hard and earn more than your opponent. At the beginning of the game, three camel cards and two merchandise cards are on the table between the players, who already have five cards in hand. On your turn, you can take some cards or sell some. Each time that you take cards, you can take one or more, however if you decide to take more, then you will have to trade in the same amount of cards from your hand that you take. If you decide to take all camel cards, then they can be used later to trade. You can sell all the merchandise that you want, as long as they are all the same type. For each sale, you will receive tokens with various point values. At the end of the game, the player who has the majority of the camels also wins points.
At the end of each round, the richest merchant will receive a Seal of Excellence. The first player who receives two of the seals, wins the game.
Check out this video review of Jaipur from Tom Vasel:
Jaipur includes the following components, which you can see in the image below:
- 55 merchandises and camel cards
- 38 merchandises tokens
- 1 camel token
- 18 bonus tokens
- 3 Seal of excellence
The artwork in Jaipur is a real treat:
Although Jaipur was the winner, we don't want to forget the other games that were nominated, and are well worthy of consideration: