Before beginning my game review of Santorini, let’s talk about it’s origins. Santorini started as a Kickstarter campaign and has grown into what looks to be the best game of 2017. Even better, it was first developed in Calgary Alberta! This game is similar to Go in play mechanics, but the stunning game pieces make it a cut above when it comes to game design. It’s easy to learn and fun to play over and over again! Santorini is a non-abstract re-imagining of the 2004 edition. Since its original inception over 30 years ago, Santorini has been endlessly developed, enhanced and refined by mathematician and educator, Dr. Gordon Hamilton.
It’s a highly accessible pure strategy game that is simple enough for an elementary school classroom. But with enough gameplay depth and content for even hardcore gamers to explore, Santorini is truly a game for everyone. The rules are deceptively simple. Each turn consists of 2 steps: Move, Build.
This is a great game for the chess lovers out there. Just when you think you’ve got a win in the bag, everything changes. The pieces in this game are extremely high quality and actually quite fun to put together. It’s a game you won’t mind having out on display all the time!