Sagrada Game Review:
When you first see the Sagrada tabletop game you'll probably be struck by just how gorgeous it is. Player boards in the shape of gothic styled church windows and alluring translucent dice of many colors, it's just very, very pretty.
Add to this that there is something naturally beautiful about stained glass windows and it's little surprise your eye is drawn to the game. The Sagrada Familia - a church in Barcelona - houses some of the best stained glass in the world and that is where Sagrada gets its name.
Sagrada comes to us from Floodgate Games, with a design by Adrian Adamescu and Daryl Andrews. Art is by Peter Wocken. It plays 1-4 players, though in my opinion plays best with 2 or even 3. The suggested age for Sagrada is 14+, though I think younger kids would grasp the ruleset no issue. Play time is around 20-30 minutes.
In Sagrada players take on the roles of artisan glaziers making magnificent stained glass windows. Players each have a player board, a window card of varying difficulty that slips into the window of the board (a really nice touch!), a private objective card (showing a color to aim for) and some favor tokens.
Public objective cards are placed face up on the table, as are some tool cards. These can be utilised by the use of the aforementioned favor tokens.
So, the objective is simple, each round players blind bag draw a set number of colored dice and roll them. They must now take it in turns choosing and placing them in their window, following specific rules. Most notably don't place matching colors or numbers orthogonally adjacent in your window. Each game lasts ten rounds, at the end of which - if you've placed your dice well, you will have a completed window which can be scored (all windows are scored).
There's so many lovely little touches in Sagrada. The round tracker for example is beautifully numbered one thru ten and with one die left after each round, it's placed on the track as a reminder to what round you're on. It's all just rather... delightful.
The components are gorgeous, not only aesthetically - which is a given, just look at them! - but also corporeally. It all just feels well made, well thought out, robust. Even the insert is well designed. The player boards with their inset for the dice to go into. Sure the creators could have had you laying dice on a card, but no, you place them IN the window, so if you bump it, or have sausage fingers, who cares!
Sagrada is a great little game, it's family friendly (I played with my mother-in-law and she loved it!), easy to learn / teach and has enough depth to even keep 'proper' gamers happy for a time. It's just a really nice combination of puzzle, meets logic, meets risk, meets a bit of luck.
Will Sagrada be for everyone? Well despite how stunning it is and my glowing endorsement, probably not. There's depth and decision making, but this is a filler game. Sagrada is a warm up game, a game that you're not going to buy for the Eurogamer in your life, they'd probably be bored after a few games.
For everyone else though I think Sagrada is a must own game, which is why I'm giving it the Gameapalooza Critical Hit! I just loved it, everyone I've played it with loved it and for those reasons it will be in my collection forever. I definitely think you should check this one out and I think you'll probably add it to your gaming collection as well.
Note: Be sure and check out the game BEFORE purchase if you have heavy colorblind issues, as the game relies heavily on the placement of colored pieces (dice).
I would imagine The Big Game Theory will be stocking Sagrada, so be sure and contact them for a price.