Carcassonne is everywhere – at your local game store, at Target, likely in your house.  If it’s not, stop now and go get it.  It is so easy that you can – with minor modifications such as removing the farmer rules – teach it as young as six but, like poker, being truly good at it requires hard earned time spent being stabbed in the back.  It’s a tile-laying game where you place meeples to claim castles, roads, cloisters, and farms/fields that you get points for when you complete them.  You can teach it in just a couple minutes and play time will be around 30 minutes (longer as you add more expansions).  But beware – as you play with more experienced players, it will be as much about denying your opponent that castle he or she has been working on as about completing your own projects.  And, as a bonus sentence, go buy the app for whatever your platform of choice is.  It’s one of the best implementations out there.

Carcassonne Board Game






Right Complexity


Beauty and Design



  • Completely replayable
  • Easy to teach
  • Flexible for different ages
  • Can be played quickly


  • Need a pretty large area
  • Players can be eliminated from winning but still need to play