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Tsuro Review

Mar 27, 2024

Tsuro Review

Tsuro is a challenging tile placement strategy game that will leave you relaxed with its touch of zen throughout the game. In the coming paragraphs, I'll delve deeper into the world of Tsuro, sharing my insights and experiences to give you a comprehensive review. So, let's dive in and explore the path together.

How to Play Tsuro

To get through a game of Tsuro you will need a mixture of strategy and a dash of luck, but I guarantee that you will be relaxed by the end of the game despite winning or losing. 

Setting up Tsuro is incredibly straightforward. It's one of those rare games that balance simplicity and depth seamlessly. Suitable for 2 to 8 players and the game should not take longer than 20 minutes to finish. The game starts with each player having three tiles and one stone, where each of these tiles has eight points of contact that can be joined together with other tiles and the stone is placed on one of the many starting points of the board that the player decides. The turn-based mechanics work by players taking a tile from their stack and placing it on an open space. You then move your stone along the path created by the tiles. The aim of the game is for your stone to not fall off the board or to crash into another player’s stone. 

The game ends when one player remains on the board. If two or more players tie, the player with the most tiles in hand wins. In the case of zero tiles in hand, it's a perfect tie!

With Tsuro, every playthrough is an immersive journey into an oriental world of strategy and forethought. So, ready for a tranquil exploration of Tsuro?

Pros and Cons of Tsuro

One of the appeals of Tsuro lies in its balance of strengths and foibles. Here's a compilation of both to help you navigate through your next potential game acquisition.

Tsuro is an engaging game renowned for a slew of admirable qualities. For starters, it's easy to explain. The gameplay is straightforward, offering a simple-to-understand, albeit in-depth strategy domain. Unlike many strategy games, it's not bogged down with complex rules and peculiarities, making it an ideal selection for players just venturing into the world of tile-based games.

The game welcomes players as young as 8 years old, thanks to its no-reading required approach. Instead of extensive reading and memorisation of convoluted game instructions, Tsuro rests on the use of strategic thinking, making it a fun way of exercising the mind.

One of the unassailable pros is that the gameplay works exactly the same whether you are 2 players or 8, you won’t find a difference or an “ideal” number when playing as they all work great. Making this an excellent choice for a family game.

Despite its notebook of gold star qualities, Tsuro has one drawback. The game's philosophy emphasising eliminating other players could seem too aggressive for a young family's game shelf, particularly if you're all about fostering cooperation and unity via gameplay. Some families find it challenging to have a game where "taking each other out" becomes a prominent strategy.

Final Thoughts of Tsuro

Overall, I would say Tsuro is a game that you can take with you as it can be played just about anywhere and due to its simplicity, you can get just about anyone to play and have an enjoyable game. So if you are looking to unwind or keep your friends or relatives entertained for a while then Tsuro is an excellent candidate to do this for you.