Enjoy the popular classic, empire-building board game on your PC and Android devices
Play against cunning AIs or go head-to-head with other human players
Own as many completed roads, cities and monasteries as you can to score the highest points
Based on the popular empire-building board game, the digitized version, Carcassonne – Tiles & Tactics, stays true to the fun and strategic gameplay that had made the game famous. The game has a single player mode where you can play with challenging AIs and also a multiplayer mode (of up to 6 players) where you can pit your skills against other players worldwide. Do you have what it takes to build the best empire and emerge as the overall victor?
If you have not played the Carcassone physical board game before, it is highly recommended that you take the game up on its offer and try the tutorial out. It may not show you some of the tricks and strategies you’ll need to win a game, but at least you’ll be able to grasp the main rules of the game.
That said, the overall goal of this game is really straightforward – you’ll need to be the player with the highest points at the end of the game and to do so, you’ll probably need to own the most completed roads, cities and monasteries.
Each game starts with a random first tile and other players in the game will then take turns placing a random drawn tile. The tiles must be placed adjacent to any of the linked tiles present on the board, though you can rotate the tiles to face different directions.
The tiles themselves will often have various features on them. Some may contain a small town; others containing only a segment of a road; there’s also a few with a monastery on them, while there are several with what seems to be part of an excavation pit (they are actually the foundations of a city though). These tiles can be placed in such a way that the roads and foundations will form a closed circuit. If that happens and you happen to own the foundation or the road in question, you’ll score some points.
To own something in this game, you simply need to “mark” your ownership by placing your meeple on it. You can only claim ownership of tiles you place and if the tile has multiple features, you can only claim one of the features as your own.
However, there’s a bit of tactical gameplay here since every player in this game has a limited number of meeples to use. So, it is practically impossible to claim ownership of every tile you place but you can strategically figure out which tiles is worth claiming and which to let go. Not to mention, the game also has a way for you to claim back a used meeple – that is by completing the road, the foundation (of a city) or the monastery you’ve placed it on.
At the end of the game, you will get bonus points for every incomplete tile you own as well.
Now, this is basically the gameplay of the standard part of the game, but there are other features you can either purchase as expansion packs, or by activating it through the new game’s settings. One of this is the “fields and farmers” feature, where 3 points will be added for each city that’s complete and adjacent to a field with a meeple (in the role of a farmer) on it.
Another extra feature is the free Abbot expansion that you can claim simply by signing up for an Asmodee account. With this expansion active (you can disable it whenever you like), you have an extra Abbot meeple that can be placed on Monastery and Garden tiles to boost the total points you’d generally get.
Of course, as mentioned in the summary, Carcassonne provides players with 2 game modes – single player where you can play against AI of 3 difficulty levels, and multiplayer to battle against other human players (ranked and unranked). You can customize each of your games to include various gameplay options.
To prevent players from leaving the game when they know they are losing, Asmodee has implemented a unique Karma system which acts like a tracker to track how often a player drops a game. With this info in hand, you can then choose to play with players who have a good Karma rating rather than a bad one. The game even has a chat system in multiplayer mode as well, so you can chat and potentially make some new and like-minded friends along the way.
The graphics in this game is simply superb. It retains the art style that you may be familiar with from the original board game, and also, it offers players the option to switch camera views from an isometric view to a top-down view. In terms of sound, the game has a really nice medieval-themed tune playing in the background as you play the game. It adds a sort of authenticity to the overall theme of the game.
To sum everything up, Carcassonne – Tiles & Tactics is not only a well-designed digital version of its renowned counterpart, but the game also contains the same familiar and yet strategic gameplay that will truly put your skills to the test. It’s not exactly a very costly game either, and considering the hours of fun you can eek out of it, it is worth every cent you spend on it.
If you’re interested, you can purchase Carcassonne on Steam for the low price of $9.99; or on Google Play for around $2.50.