Carcassonne – Review

Carcassonne is an award-winning strategy game available on line or visit the Esdevium website for local stockists, for 2-5 players, aged 7+, RRP £27.99.

I was excited to see what the soup dragon family would think of the game of Carcassonne as I had seen it at the London toy fair in January and thought that we would enjoy this style of strategy game. The box contains a score board, 45 coloured playing pieces, 84 land tiles and a rules booklet. At first glance I thought Carcassonne might be a bit tricky to learn, but despite quite a large amount of rules, there are additional ones that are not needed for your first game.


The game play of Carcassonne is simple, each player takes turns choosing and placing a land tile. A little like a jigsaw each piece can have a road, city or monastery. You choose a colour of playing piece (called meeples) one stays on the score board the others are used to take ownership of city’s or roads as they are built. Players take turns to do three things. First you draw and place a land tile, next place a meeples (if you want) and next you score any completed feature.

carcassonne board game

Learning what will score the most, and where to place your meeples is the most difficult part of the game to learn. But we have found once learnt we were happy to add in the additional scoring rules like adding rivers, and even farmers which all score differently and change the layout of the game. You will need a nice clear space as your city’s grow, as even though there is no board, the land tiles need space so you can add to them without having to move the whole game.

We have played Carcassonne as a 2,3 and 4 player game, although Bingo Granny wasn’t exactly sure what she was doing! The boy has enjoyed building up the cities and scoring. Dad Dragon enjoyed the strategy aspect, and I liked finding new ways to try and win. Carcassonne is a nice easy and relatively quick game to play, the box suggests an average game takes 35 minutes, we found a more competitive game took a little longer at 45 minutes. Once you think you have mastered Carcassonne there are expansion packs to change the basic game, and this is a great way to expand the game, so you don’t get bored with it.

carcassonne game

Carcassonne has already found a place in our regular Sunday game/puzzle mornings, and will be one that we can enjoy playing for some time as it makes you think hard about your moves as you play. If you would like the chance to play Carcassonne with your family then why not enter my gleam giveaway below.



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The giveaway is open to the UK only

  • It is mandatory to leave a comment in the post comment section answering the question specified. Other tasks completed will gain additional entries. The winner will be checked to make sure they have both left a comment and completed the task for the winning entry.
  • Winner will be drawn randomly after the competition closes at 23:59 on Thursday 2nd June 2016
  • The winner will be sent an  e-mail to the e-mail address left at time of entry. The winner will need to reply to the e-mail within 7 days of the notification. Every effort will be made to contact the winner, but if no response is made within the 7 days a new winner will be chosen.
  • The prize details are stated at the top of the giveaway, and may be subject to change if they become unavailable.
  • The prize will be posted by the promoter, unfortunately I cannot be held responsible or replace missing parcels. Please contact me if there is a problem.
  • Please allow 28 days from notification for your prize to be sent out.
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  1. We love going for a day out to a National Trust property enjoying the building and the children love running around in the outside spaces building dens!

  2. We like to keep changing things up, so a good day out for us is somewhere we’ve never been before! Variety is the spice of life!

  3. We have passes to the Ironbridge museums in Telford so we can go to lots of different places locally, both when it is sunny and on a rainy day xx

  4. We all love to go along the coast, walking along the beach, going on the funfair and amusements, the children love it

  5. My daughter loves going to parks. So long as there is a slide and something to climb on, she is happy.

  6. Somewhere outdoors so we can take the dog, lovely walks in the Peak District and we are getting to know quite a few parks we didn’t before

  7. we love going for walks around cannock chase with a picnic and the kids. we also love going to drayton manor

  8. Anywhere thats outside! we love getting out in the countryside, nature walks, bike riding, parks, etc …. fun fun fun!! 🙂 xx

  9. The beach,any will do as long as there’s sea and sand and a ice cream stand were happy

  10. With a little boy in tow we aim to go to places that are as stress free and enjoyable as possible so a trip to the Zoo is our favourite day out. That way he can mix in with all the other little monkeys and his screaming and shouting is accepted without a second glance 😉

  11. We love going to museums, especially places like the Science Museum which are just so much fun!

  12. We like to go to a local country park – squirrel spotting, bird watching, acorn collecting and most importantly, a visit to the tea shop!

  13. A favourite family day out is to the local arboretum and park.
    Nice review. Looks like a fun game.

  14. To the beach, but we are also planning on doing waterfall walks this year and packing a picnic. Roll on a bit of sunshine

  15. my favourite place to go is to my local town park, Its huge and beautiful! and they have a little petting zoo which my little sister loves! 🙂

  16. We’ve been trying to make the most of our national trust ass, and we are going to kingston lacy tomorrow. We’re very lucky to live behind Bournemouth gardens solots of places local too

  17. Depending on the weather we went to a farm where the kids could feed the animals.Usually its a wood or park they can go on scooters or bikes.

  18. I like to take my family up on to the Yorkshire mores and look for snakes and native reptiles. The kids love it.

  19. Are we supposed to be commenting on a day out or Carcassonne?!
    Carcassonne is a brilliant game so my daughter tells me.
    Days out – anywhere with a picnic and wildlife!

  20. we love heading to the coast with wetsuits and bodyboards, living near the mumbles is an advantage 🙂

  21. We head off to our caravan by the sea. Sandcastle, paddling, swimming and lots of fun with out little ones.

  22. If its a nice day we go walking with the dogs in the forest if its wet we play board games

  23. We are lucky to live on the coast so to the beach to expkore the rock pools or walking in the North Yorkshire Moors

  24. my daughter is only 8 and 1/2 months and at the moment it is to the beach or to the swings! i love taking her to the swings, she grins, loves the trees around and it just makes her so happy

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    – we are near several lovely beaches and fab walks including Barry Island, Southern Down and Ogmore

    – we have loads of castles – Cardiff castle (free entry for Cardiff residents), caerphilly castle, castle coch being a few within a couple of miles

    – Museums – St fagans welsh folk museum – they have plenty of things to do including pottery, arts and crafts, old buildings to explore and gardens and Cardiff Museum which has loads of exhibits and activities – both are free
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