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105 out of 125 gamers thought this was helpful

Istanbul is masterful.

The synergy, the smoothness, the balance and uniqueness, the way it integrates the theme and mechanics together for a well balanced and harmonious flow is all impressive.

The “decisioneering” we experienced was exquisitely agonizing without being frustrating or tense. And the amount of interaction in how virtually every turn your moves directly affect the other player’s choices and options is especially refreshing for this style.

There were multiple strategies and multiple tactics from session to session because the board is randomized. Yet the components are familiar enough from each game that we instantly took to the mechanics.

Despite the rules lacking an FAQ to explain some ambiguities that should’ve been obvious to the designers, the rules are actually one of the best I’ve ever seen. The layout and the graphics and their examples and illustrations are superb. Everything is exceptionally well put together in that regard.

This is a real gem: an intriguing euro worker placement game of distinction –yet with tiles and dice no less.

Conclusion, I will rate the game a 9.5 out of 10. My wife rated it 8.5 out of 10. So it’s a 9 for us. We have very few games we would rate as a 9.

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