Game Works is a game publisher out of Switzerland. I have been playing a few of their games for a little while now, and I’m surprised that I haven’t written a review about their games before, because they are really great. I guess I get caught up in the high of buying and reviewing new releases haha.
So a few of Game Works’ games that I have been getting a great amount of replay value out of are Sobek, and Jaipur. Both games have a middle eastern theme about them and involve some type of goods trading. Neither are worker placement games. Outside of those two similarities (and having the same box size) the games are quite different. I’m going to focus on Jaipur in this post, mostly because it’s a two-player game only, and two people can enjoy this game, they’ll most likely also enjoy Sobek, which is a 2-4 player game.
As with all of the Game Works games I have played, the box comes in a great size, with a fantastic insert that fits all the pieces comfortably.
My only issue with the box is if you want to sleeve your cards, which I would recommend for this game, than you’ll have to take the insert out of the box, and I really enjoy how perfect the pieces fit into the insert.
The game also comes with a ton of instruction books in different languages.
The game is really easy to play. The winner of the game is the player with the most points. You gain points by trading the cards from your hand into the bank for points. The more cards you trade in of the same type, the more points you will gain. The sooner you trade in your cards, the more points you’ll get as well.
The game begins with each player having a hand of five cards. Any cards that display a camel are set off to the side. I will explain this reasoning later. There is also a set of five cards out on the table. These five cards represent the market.
On your turn, you may do one of these options, and only one:
Take one card from the market and replace it with a card from the deck, or
Take all the camels from the market, set them aside, and replace them, or
Swap cards from your hand with cards in the market, or
The types of cards (“goods”) you play determine what kind of points you gain. The amount of goods you play also determines your points gained. Brown goods are the easiest to find, then green, purple, silver, gold, and orange.
For the first three colors (brown, green, and purple), you can play just one card to get points. For the other three colors, you must play at minimum two cards.
When you play cards to gain points, you must play all of the same color. Each goods type also has a corresponding point value to it. More rare cards (the silver, gold, and orange goods) produce more points. If you play two orange cards, you would receive 14 points, versus playing two silver cards, which would produce 10 points.
Points values are seen on the chips that match that good color.
The first player to play cards of a certain color gets the first chips of that color. The first chips have more points assigned to them then the chips on the bottom, so playing cards first will get you the higher valued chips. You also get bonus chip points for playing three, four, and five card sets instead of just playing two cards.
Remember those camels I mentioned earlier? If you have the most camels set aside at the end of the round, you get an extra five point chip.
Whoever is the winner of two rounds wins the game!
Jaipur is a fun, easy-to-learn game that is great for adults as well as children. If you enjoy this game but would like to try something for more players, I suggest giving Sobek by Game Works a try.
Thanks for reading!