Citadels card game review

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Citadels Card Game Review

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In Citadels Card Game, you and your friends will adopt new roles each round to represent the characters you hire in order to help you find gold and erect buildings. The game ends when one of you erects your eighth building. The player with the highest score wins.

You will begin with a number of building cards in your hand. There are different coloured buildings. Purple buildings have a special ability and the other buildings provide benefits when you play certain characters.

Each round plays as follows:

  • the player who was king in the previous round randomly discards one of the eight character cards, chooses one, and passes the cards to the next player
  • the next player will do the same action and this goes on until each player has secretly chosen a character
  • Each character has a special ability, whose usefulness will depend on a player’s current situation as well as his/her opponents
  • The characters carry out their actions in numerical order such as the assassin eliminating another character for the round, the thief stealing all gold from another character, the wizard swapping building cards with another player, the warlord optionally destroys a building in play, and so on.
  • On a turn, a player earns two or more gold (or draws twocitadels card game review building cards then discards one), and has the option to construct one building (or up to three if playing the architect this round). Buildings cost gold equal to the number of symbols on them. Each building is worth a certain number of points.


At the end of the game a player can also score bonus points for having eight buildings or buildings of all five colors.

citadels board game review

Citadels Card Game Review Summary
User Review
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    • Good quality cards
    • Strategic and deep thinking required
    • May take some minutes of gameplay to understand the game


    • Player downtime especially if someone in the group is a slow decision-maker – you have to wait for your turn

    Citadels Card Game Review Links

    Citadels Is Still One of the Best Games to Play in Groups of Four or More - Paste Magazine

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    Game Features

    Recommended Age 10
    Estimated Game Time 35 min
    Min number of players 2
    Max number of players 8
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