Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this game to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
Attila Game Review
I know I’ve said it before but I am absolutely in LOVE with Blue Orange Games. Not only does Blue Orange Games make really great, really affordable games, but they do it in an environmentally-conscious manner.
I recently had the chance to play one of their newer games, >Attila, and our game play was not disappointing! Attila is one of our new favorites because while it has simple game play the game will be different every time you play it and it forces you to think one step ahead.
Ok, so let me explain how the game works!
Attila is a strategy game loosely based on the conquests of Attila the Hun. It’s played a little like chess but with fewer rules to remember.
Game board set-up: The game board is actually made up of two small and two large gameboards divided into squares. You can set the game board up in any manner you like as long as the blocks are lined up. To start with it’s suggested that you set the board up in a traditional side-by-side manner. The more complicated you make the board, the harder the game.
There are two players in this game, red & yellow, and each player gets 3 game pieces. The pieces can be placed anywhere on the board to begin. For your first game refer to the instructions for the easiest placement, you can switch it up as you get the hang of the game.
Game Play: Player One moves one game piece. Game pieces move just like the knight in chess (one block ahead and two over OR two ahead and one over). As soon as the move is done the player “shoots an arrow”, meaning they put a card featuring a ring of fire (called a scorched earth card) on any square on the board.
From this point on no player can land on a square with another player or a scorched earth card. Players can move OVER them, and if you have a unique board set up you can move over empty space, but you must land on a free square.
Now it’s Player Two’s turn to move a game piece and shoot an arrow.
Winning: The player who first blocks their opponent from making any moves, wins! Meaning: if you can’t move any of your pieces due to the placement of your opponent’s pieces or scorched earth cards, you lose.
This is a great game for building critical thinking skills & developing logical thought. My 10 year old really liked this game, my 8 year old needed a little extra help but after a few rounds he got the hang of it. All-in-all this is a great game for your buck! The short game play and convenient storage tin make Attila a great game for busy families.
Recommended ages: 7+
Play time: 10-15 minutes
Required Reading Skill: none
Worldview: Appropriate for all/Secular
Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.