Carcassonne – Board Game Review

When we were sent this game, I didn’t know whether the children would like it. It looked difficult with a lot of rules that could be difficult to follow. Carcassone is a game that has medieval landscapes that players build up as the game moves on. It’s a little difficult to explain and is better when it is played but lets see if I can make it easier for you to understand just why we had so much fun playing it.

The game includes –

  • 72 x Land tiles
  • 12 x River tiles
  • 1 x scoreboard
  • 40 x followers in 5 colors
  • 5 x abbots in 5 colors
  • 1 x rulebook
  • 1 x supplementary sheet

There are a set number of tiles in the game and you turn these over face down in piles so it is easily accessible by all players. Each player gets 7 followers in their preferred colour to start with. There is a start tile that is marked with a darker back. Note: the 12 river tiles also have a darker back.


Once the start tile is on the table, players pick a tile from the pack and try to add to the landscape. You can then add your followers to represent knights, monks, farmers or thieves depending on where they are placed. You score points for how you use your followers. The player with the most points wins.

The new version of the game includes expansions – The River and the Abbot.

It is aimed at children aged 7+ and is for 2 – 5 players.

What we thought…

We thought the game is quite strategic and makes one think – which is great. The children say its like a great jigsaw only you have control which sums it up pretty well. Its great fun building a city. We thought its kind of like a video game of making cities only its a board game.

The children enjoyed playing it and we recommend it for playing with family and friends over the holidays.

Carcassonne is priced at about £24.99 and is available at all major retailers.


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