Review

7 Wonders Duel

The Short Story: Like It

Beth Klaser
Feb 4, 2018 · 4 min read

One of the most celebrated games in the world can now be experienced in a two-player arena. 7 Wonders Duel takes the game play and excitement of the original and adapts it for one-on-one battles. Take control of your civilization and decide to invest in science, military or prestige. Two new ways to win will keep you on your toes and watching every move your opponent makes. If you fail to build defenses your capital city may be destroyed, but ignore technology and your people may be left in the dark ages. It’s a constant tug of war. 7 Wonders Duel is an exciting new way to play the game that took the world by storm. Great for both fans of the original and those new to the hobby.

BoardGameGeek Rating: 8.2
MSRP: $23.99
Players: 2
Ages: 10+
Playtime: 30 Min
Publishers: Repos Production
Designers: Antonie Bauza and Bruno Cathala
Year: 2015

Two players take turns drafting cards to lead a civilization to victory by strengthen armies, make scientific discoveries, and develop cities in the one of the top rated card strategy games.

Maybe it was just our version but all of our cards where slightly bent when we got them, and for the life of me I can’t get the wonder cards to flatten. Other then that there are no complaints.

This isn’t the 10th highest ranked game on BoardGameGeek for nothing. Looks great!

Learning the Rules was not easy. But, playing the game is very easy. Remembering what all the symbols mean is almost impossible.

Moderate

Our Reviews

My rating: 7.5
by Aaron Klaser

7 Wonders Duel is a lot of fun and easily one of the best 2 player only games. It is quick and easy to set up, but you have to keep the rules close by because there are so many symbols to remember.

I wasn’t crazy about how the rule book laid out the rules. It was like they gave you the first part of the rules and then explained it later in the rule book. We end up watching a video to better understand how to play the game. But we quickly realized we were overthinking it. It’s a dead simple game to play, but the amount of symbols to remember is overwhelming.

And while I really love playing the game, I get bored after a game or two, especially when I am losing. But pro tip, if you are losing because your partner has all the good resources, get all the yellow cards and take all the money.


My rating: 9
by Beth Klaser

7 Wonders Duel is easily one of my favorite two player games. The cards are smaller allowing the game to be played almost anywhere. Example, we have played it at both our coffee and dining room tables. I find the art work to be very enticing. The rules are laid out very well making them easy to read and understand. It may take approximately 10 minutes to explain the rules and different symbols to a new player. If needed a game aide was provided.

Each player represents one of the great cities of antiquity, and has the ability to build one of the Seven Wonders. They construct buildings, make scientific discoveries, and win military victories. The cards get laid out in different combinations both face up and face down to make pyramids. The pyramid depending on which of the three ages you are playing in. Players take turns choosing cards from the pyramid, making other cards visible for choosing. There are ultimately three ways to win — Military Supremacy, Scientific Supremacy, and Civilian Victory. The overall goal is to get the most victory points.

I would easily, without hesitation, recommend this game to anyone looking for a new two player game.

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