Marrakech board game review

Every now and again you're hit in the face with an old game you think is a bit magical and therefore worthy of a retro review. That game for me was Marrakech.

Marrakech released way back in 2007 and I nabbed it last weekend for the bargain price of $30AUD. I'd seen the game numerous times on my Instagram feed and thought it looked cute, but I'd never sought it out. Mistake. Marrakech is a delightful, cleverly made board game.

The die has slippers on it.. because.. movement. Charming.

In Marrakech players take on the roles of rug dealers in a busy market. The one playing piece is Assam the market organizer. On a players turn they turn Assam, roll the die and move him. If he lands on an opponents rug you have to pay the cost of how many contiguous rugs are there. You then get to lay your own rug orthogonally adjacent to Assam and so the game goes until all rugs are used. Most money / rug squares showing at the end of the game is the winner.

As you can probably tell there's not a lot of depth, it's part strategy, part luck, but it does so in such an endearing manner.

The components are nothing short of adorable, but aesthetic joy aside they're also clever. The rugs are made of a sort of felt, allowing them to grip slightly to one another, thus making slippage a moot issue. Assam is an overly large wooden meeple and the board - whilst non busy - does a fine job of holding the many rugs. Lastly there are the 'coins' gold and silver painted wooden discs with beautiful prints on them. The whole thing is just, stylish.

Overall I'm really happy to have added 2007 title Marrakech to my board game collection. Its easily accessible play means it's great for beginners / teaching. Its charming appearance means it draws people in and what little strategy there is makes it fun for gamers and non gamers alike.

  • 2-4 Players
  • Ages 6+
  • Play time: 30 minutes

As the old saying dictates: there's many a good tune played on an old fiddle. Marrakech is a lovely older game. Check it out if you get the chance.