Board Game Resource Review – 7 Wonders

In 7 Wonders, All, Reviews by Zach Hillegas2 Comments

I owe a lot to 7 Wonders. While, today, I can unequivocally declare myself as a complete board game nut, that wasn’t always the case. There was a time, a simpler time, where all I did on a tabletop was play games of Risk and Catan. I had a social security number, I paid my taxes, and I helped my landlady carry out her garbage. I had a normal life, devoid of a compulsion to buy board games day and night on a whim, scouring the deepest corners of Amazon for sales and deals, devoid of nights sitting at a table for hours and hours, pretending to be some kind of master tactician. 7 Wonders changed all of that. After playing this game for the first time, I realized that there was more to my life than what I was currently experiencing. Okay, maybe my life didn’t change that much, but the point of all this is that 7 Wonders turned me into a board gamer. It was a game that showed me that there’s more out there than Catan and Monopoly. I’m not going to say this is the greatest game in the world, but the point is that 7 Wonders is, in a word, fun, and given that it’s the game that kicked off my hobby, I felt it was appropriate to review it first.

Gameplay

How do you play the game? Is it a fun experience? How much interaction is there between the players? Is there very much luck involved? Will it take forever to to learn and teach?

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Depth

How much strategy is involved? Is there a sense of variety and balance? Does the game play well no matter how many players there are? How long does it take to play?

Look and Feel

Is the game aesthetically pleasing? Are the components made out of quality material, or do they feel cheap? Is the rulebook well-designed and easy to read? How well is theme integrated into the game?

Value

Is it a game you can play over and over? Are there expansions available for the game, and if so, are they necessary? Does the amount of the content in the box justify the price?

Conclusion

These things aside, 7 Wonders is a fantastic game because, after all is said and done, it hits that sweet spot. It’s simple, but it’s complex. It’s short, but it’s not too short. It’s makes you feel pressure, but it doesn’t make you feel stress. To be honest, 7 Wonders isn’t necessarily even the best at what it does. There are point salad games that are deeper and tighter. There are card games that have way more variety. There are games that utilize the “ancient history” theme more effectively. But, the point salad games take forever to play. The card games might be overwhelming. The themed games might be too convoluted. They’re all great games, but sometimes they’re just a little too heavy and will take a little too much time. 7 Wonders shines because it’s able to stand right in the middle. It’s the perfect blend of strategy and brevity. It’s not light, and it’s not heavy. It’s, well, medium. We need more medium games. After all, if we didn’t, then the guy typing this would probably be playing Risk right now. And heaven knows we don’t need that.

Verdict

YOU WILL LIKE THIS GAME IF…

  • You enjoy card drafting
  • You like ancient history
  • You like games that can be played in less than an hour
  • You have a lot of people that want to play at the same time
  • You like games where you focus on your own board/area
  • You like choosing between multiple strategic paths
  • You want a game with good expansionary potential
  • You want a game that’s less than $50

YOU WON’T LIKE THIS GAME IF…

  • You want a lot of direct player interaction
  • You don’t like learning a lot of iconography
  • If you don’t like “point salad” games
  • You want a strong 2 player game
  • You like to keep track of points/who’s winning throughout the game
  • You’d rather play a board game over a card game
About the Author

Zach Hillegas

Zach is an avid tabletop gamer, and he created Board Game Resource out of his love for the hobby, and his desire to see more people come into it. When he's not writing for or managing BGR, Zach might be hanging out with cats, hiking a mountain, or spending time with his lovely wife. Zach is currently studying for a degree in Business Management. Zach has also enjoys creating digital character art. You can check out his gallery here, or follow him on Instagram at @artworkbyzach!

Comments

  1. I’d like to politely disagree with the idea that “You like to keep track of points/who’s winning throughout the game” would make one not prefer this game. It is very easy to keep track of your current points, and your prospective points, while you are playing. You can also do this for your neighbors and even for the whole table.

    1. I have to disagree with you Laura. I suppose its possible I’m just bad at keeping track, but there are so many different ways to score points I’m always surprised by the totals at the end. While it might be reasonable to track your own approximate point total, keeping track of everyone’s total score throughout a game would be quite difficult.

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