Is Azul: Summer Pavilion fun to play?
Players: 2 – 4 players | Game Duration 30 – 45 mins | Min. Age 8+ | Game complexity: EASY
Genre: Abstract Strategy, Puzzle
Solo game mode: No | Co-op: No | Online Version: No
What is Azul: Summer Pavilion about?
During the 16th century, King Manuel I commissioned Portugal’s greatest artisans to build grand buildings. To honor the royal family’s most famous members, the king decided to build a summer pavilion after completing the Evora and Sintra palaces.
This construction was intended for the most talented artisans — whose skills match the splendor the royal family deserves. King Manuel I died before construction could begin.
In Azul: Summer Pavilion, players return to Portugal to complete a task they never began. You must use only the finest materials to create the summer pavilion while being careful not to waste anything. The royal family deserves nothing less than the best.
Each round of Summer Pavilion lasts six rounds, and the players draft tiles and place them on their individual boards to score points. One of the six colors of tiles is wild during each round.
Start each round by drawing tiles at random from the bag to refill each of the five, seven, or nine factories with four tiles. Fill the ten supply spaces on the central scoring board with tiles as needed. The players then take turns selecting tiles. You can take all of the tiles of a non-wild color from a factory and place them on your board. If any wild tiles are present on this factory, you must take one of them. Set the rest of the tiles on the table. You can also take all tiles of a non-wild color from the center of play; you must also take a wild tile if it is present.
What to know bout Azul: Summer Pavillion
- Plays more abstract than the original because you can branch out into a lot of directions, providing more ways to win
- The game will be slower while you wait for the other players to think about the different options
- With the 6-round it’s very difficult to go for almost a complete wall and get the most points
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Awards Won by Azul: Summer Pavilion
2021 Gra Roku Family Game of the Year Winner
2021 Gra Roku Family Game of the Year Nominee
2020 UK Games Expo Best Abstract Game People’s Choice Winner
2020 UK Games Expo Best Abstract Game Nominee
2020 International Gamers Award – General Strategy Nominee
2019 Meeples’ Choice Nominee
2019 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee