Build your own Wonder of the World in this light and simplified version of 7 Wonders!
2-7 players, ages 8+
Playing time: 25 minutes
Designer: Antoine Bauza
Artwork: Etienne Hebinger
Publisher: Repos Production
Players start the game by choosing a wonder and take its pieces out of its plastic tray, placing it in front of them with the ‘under construction’ side face up. Each wonder consists of five parts that all need a different amount of the same or different resources to construct, and once a player has managed to complete a wonder the game will immediately end.
The gameplay’s very straightforward: on your turn you pick a card to play from one of the three available draw piles: either a face down card from the central stack, or a face up card from one of the two stacks you share with both of your neighbours.
These cards give you things like resources to construct your wonder, science symbols to obtain progress tokens, military strength or victory points.
Progress tokens offer you a special ability or extra points at the end of the game, while military cards sometimes show horns that trigger conflicts, with players comparing their strength with both of their neighbours and gaining 3 points for each fight they win.
When one of the wonders is completely finished the game ends, players tally their points from cards, military and progress tokens and the wonders themselves, and whoever has the most points wins the game!
7 Wonders: Architects is a simplified and even more smooth playing game then the original 7 Wonders. Instead of picking from a hand of cards and trying to remember what cards you gave to your opponent and what cards are possibly coming back to you, you now only have one closed and two open options. Also no specific resources are needed to build, only the same type or different ones to build parts of your own wonder. There’s definitely more luck involved in this simplified version, which makes the game perfect to introduce non-gamers or kids to the world of 7 Wonders.