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7 Wonders Review
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Posted: 5 weeks ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

7 Wonders is a card collecting game where players compete to build one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You play by collecting and playing cards to perform different actions. It is a strategic game of building and trading, where you need to get ahead early, whilst planning for future building and at the same time competing with your opponents for limited resources and military dominance.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2010, updated in 2020

Genres: Battle, Collecting, Sequencing and Strategy

Pieces: Cards, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Asmodee USA (@Asmodee_USA)

Players: 2-7

 

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DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 1 hour to learn. Although the mechanics of this game are simple, there are a lot of cards in the decks that are used, so there is a lot to learn when you first play. It may take you a number of games to understand some of the cards that have effects later in the game.

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.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 7 players in the same room.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

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 Rating

We 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.

CostsCosts

There are a number of expansion packs and versions that you can buy to extend the cards and tactics in the game considerably:
  • 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our 7 Wonders Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Asmodee_USA) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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