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Board GameKingdomino Review
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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Kingdomino is a kingdom-building game where you place domino tiles to match terrain types and score points. As you play, you build a territory in a grid that requires careful consideration of where dominoes are placed to maximise points. What makes this fun to play is the need to balance your choice of tile against an attempt to gain the first turn in the next round. So players are rewarded for forward thinking and careful tile placement.

Play involves rounds where you select and place tiles to form a 5-by-5 grid around a starting piece. Each round you build your kingdom by drawing from a set of face-up tiles on the table. Because these are ordered by value, taking the most valuable card means your turn is later next round. This creates a risk-reward decision that turns the game from simple tile placement into a strategic challenge.

As play develops, you must utilise your tiles carefully within the limited space, maintaining terrain connections to maximise your score, whilst trying to stop your opponents doing the same. The game ends when there are no more tiles left, then the scores are counted.

This results in a game that is quick to play, but strategic in nature. The risk-reward nature of the tile choosing keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last domino is placed. It's a game you will want to play again and again, as you seek that perfect kingdom to defeat your opponents.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/03/2017

Price: 15% off

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Collecting, Sequencing and World Building

Accessibility: 26 features

Pieces: Figures and Placeables

Developer: Blue Orange Games (@BlueOrangeGames)

 

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DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 10 minutes to learn. When you first play:
  • Play with the print and play 5-by-5 grid that can be found on the Blue Orange Games website.
  • Keep in mind that your centre tile acts as wild when making terrain connections.
  • Should you wish, you can choose to exclude final bonuses to make play simpler.

Play Time: This game will take between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete. When playing with three or more players, you will need to allow more time to play.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although this game is simple to play, younger players will initially need advice about tile placement to ensure that they maximise their scoring potential and stick to the 5-by-5 square rule.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

Kingdomino usually costs £18.99. 

Kingdomino

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Kingdomino Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:
This report applies to the latest version of Kingdomino. Older versions may have different accessibility profiles.

There are some issues with the colour palette, particularly for those with Tritanopia, but this can be solved with the replacement of Meeples. The game does use icons but these can be hard to see because of contrast on some scenarios.

Although you can play without tracking pieces, probability and region positioning, but this is a part of the enjoyment of the game.

Report informed by Meeple Like Us assessment which offers an extended review.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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