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Each game you get assigning a Wonder board with unique advantages and powers. Over three rounds, you play cards to compete with other players for resources to build your wonder. Each round is a stage of building and has its own cards and feels distinct. Also, you increasingly see what other players are up to and the resources they need.
Some cards have immediate actions, but others come into play later for longer tactical advantage. For example, some cards provide a discount on later purchases or provide military strength to allow you to overpower your neighbours. After the three rounds the player with the most victory points is the winner.
The result is a card collecting and drafting game where you know immediately what your opposition needs to be successful and where the resources available to you dwindle as you play. What makes this game unique though is its three round structure combined with the three stages of building your Wonder. You need to be successful early, but also plan for success in the future rounds, leaving you with tricky strategic decisions to make at each point in order to be successful.
To make play simpler at first:
- Start by playing the A side on the Wonder Mats as these are simpler to use.
Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.
10-13 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players may be able to play this game, but they need to have a lot of patience due to the length of the game and the number of different rules that the card decks require you to learn.
Content RatingWe rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.
During play, there will be military conflicts, with winners and losers, but these are just decided by counting numbers on cards.
- 7 Wonders: Leaders (2011) - Adds 36 leader cards that grant various abilities and upgrades.
- 7 Wonders: Cities (August 2012) - Adds nine city cards that mean each age is played over seven cards instead of six and allows play with eight players.
- 7 Wonders: Wonder Pack (May 2013) - Adds four more Wonder cards.
- 7 Wonders: Babel (December 2014) - Adds extra rules and a tower to the game.
- 7 Wonders: Leaders Anniversary Pack & Cities Anniversary Pack (2017) - Adds new Leader and City cards.
- 7 Wonders: Armada (October 2018) - Adds a naval board and four ships that grant different bonuses when played.
- 7 Wonders Second Edition (2020) - A second edition of the game that has updated graphics, cards and rules.
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