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Jaipur Review

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Jaipur is one of our all-time favorite games. At “A Pair of Meeples”, we get very excited about games designed only for two players. There are no compromises made to allow for other player counts, thus we would assume the game is the best it can be, and we don’t have to wonder if it’s bad or good just because we decided to play it with only two.  This doesn’t mean all two-player-only games are good, they just have a much higher chance of playing better for all of us looking for good board games to play with a partner.  

Jaipur is no exception, it is one of the best two-player only games we have ever played, and it has camels, lots of them, so what’s not to like.

Jaipur

8.5 out of 10
Jaipur Block Review

Is it Good For Two Players? : Definitely

Jaipur is a favorite of ours.  The back and forth between the players and the decisions are just fun, satisfying, and tense. This game is perfect for anybody looking for a simple and quick two-player only game in a small package.

Theme: 5/10
Replayability: 5/10
Components: 7/10

Conflict: 5/10
Fun: 8/10

Husband’s Rating
9 out of 10
Wife’s Rating
8 out of 10

Pros

Quick and Simple

Tense and Exciting

Good Amount of Player Interaction

High-Quality Components

Well Balanced

Cons

Theme is a little generic

Gameplay Experience:

Jaipur was always a game that was high on our wishlist since as you can guess, it’s for two players and was rated extremely well.  I know, I know, we shouldn’t discriminate against non-two-player-only board games but sometimes it’s very difficult not to when you’re searching for that perfect new game to add to your collection.

Anyway, we got the game and its colorful box and art pulled us in and made us instantly ready to play, especially since it would only take 30 minutes.  We opened the game and were even more impressed with what was inside, more color! The bright yellow insert held all the colorful tokens and cards so nicely that we almost didn’t want to take everything out, but we did, before even reading the instructions.

Jaipur Yellow Insert
Look at the awesome yellow insert, COLORS!

So after a quick read-through of the instructions, and watching a gameplay video, we were ready to go to market and prove ourselves as the top merchant.  We evaluated the market, the goods we started with, and whether we had any camels or if our starting herd was non-existent. Before any of us took our turn trading since we are not animals and have some civility we flipped the game-provided coin to decide who goes first.  

My wife got to go first but as it was our first game, our strategies were a bit lacking.  We both started trading and swapping goods in the market, sometimes even gaining or trading camels.  After a few more turns we were onto selling our goods, trying to get the highest price before the other did, sometimes holding out for that bulk sale bonus.  

It wasn’t until about halfway through the game that we started to realize how important our camels were. We saw that you needed to have a fair amount of camels in your herd so you could take as many goods from the market as you wanted without trading the goods you already owned and needed. 

We also realized that if you can fill the market with camels, it’s just plain awesome.  Only if you can hold out longer than your opponent though, forcing them to have to take all five camels giving you a full fresh market.  After we successfully did this once, the game of Jaipur would never be the same.  

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as forcing your opponent to take those five camels, making them look more and more like a camel herder than any sort of top-notch merchant.  Jaipur quickly went from a calm game to a game where we just try to shove each other with as many camels as we possibly can, it’s just one giant camel trading war.

You can easily get caught up in the “camel warfare” and lose track of the real objective, but that’s what makes the game great to us.  It is fast, exciting, and fun.  Don’t worry if you don’t like camels as much as us, there’s still trading and selling going on during the great camel trading wars of Jaipur, it’s just that the camels are what make this game shine.

Jaipur Rules Summary:

Jaipur starts by placing three camel cards in between the players and then dealing five cards to each player.  The remaining cards are placed facedown and two cards are drawn from the deck to fill the market (adding them next to the camels). Sometimes these two new cards could also be camels.

Now players will look at their hands and see if they have any camels, if they do they are removed from their hands and placed in a herd pile in front of them.  All goods tokens are sorted and stacked in descending order, in other words, the top tokens are worth more points than the bottom ones.   The bonus sale tokens are also sorted, shuffled, and stacked.  Now everything is set up and the game can begin, but not before you flip that awesome Jaipur coin to decide who is the chosen one, and gets to go first.

Jaipur Starting Setup
Jaipur Set Up

On your turn you can either take cards or sell cards, but not both.  When taking cards you can either take 1 single good, several goods, or take all the camels.  When you take one good it is replenished from the deck. When you take several you replenish the market from your hand, your camel herd, or a mixture of both.  If you take all the camels the market is replenished from the deck.  

This is what leads the game to become a camel trading war as we said earlier.  If you can fill the market with camels, and your opponent has no other actions they can do they will have to take all the camels, giving you a completely new and fresh market to buy from.  If your opponent can outlast you though, filling the market with camels can backfire and you will have wasted turns and have to pick them back up again.  This is our favorite part of the game, the back and forth tug of war between having enough camels and trying to make your opponent take all of them.

The All Camel Market
This all camel market can happen often if you play aggressively, unfortunately for my wife she had to take all the camels this time.

So those are your options for gaining cards, and also to note you can only have 7 cards in your hand at the end of your turn(your camel herd does not count towards this limit).  Now onto selling your cards.  You can choose any one type of good in your hand and sell as many of that good as you wish.  Depending on how many you can sell at one time you may get a bonus token.   There are bonus tokens for 3, 4, or 5 goods being sold in one action.  

This is where a lot of interesting decisions start to appear in Jaipur, because of the decreasing value of the goods tokens and the bonus tokens.  Do you hold off on selling a good to try and sell five at once to get that bonus token or do you sell your goods quickly to get the higher value goods tokens?  Throughout the game, you are always deciding between these two options while also keeping a close eye on the camel herds.

Jaipur Goods Tokens
Here you can see how the value of the tokens decreases, this means the longer you wait to sell that good, the fewer points you will get.

All this trading, selling, and camel exchanging has to end at some point though.  A round ends if 3 types of goods tokens are gone or if there are not enough cards to refill the market.  Don’t worry if you lost the first round though.  Jaipur is played best two out of three to truly decide who is the best merchant.  

So how is the best merchant decided? After each round players count the total value of their goods, bonus tokens, and their camel token if they received it.  Yes, you get a bonus for having the biggest camel herd, even though a big strategy is to make your opponent take them all.  It’s really just pity points for the person who got shoved with camel duty though, at least that’s what we think.  Whoever has the most points wins the round but as we said earlier in Jaipur, it’s the best two of three.

Jaipur Winners Pile
Jaipur Winners Pile

Conclusion:

If you haven’t already gathered, Jaipur is a favorite of ours.  The back and forth between the players and the decisions are just fun, satisfying, and tense.  Without the camel mechanism this game would just be another boring market game, but having those camels to pull off big exchanges, or to force your opponent into actions they may not want to take makes Jaipur something unique and special.  

Jaipur is an awesome simple game that is tense and quick but still requires meaningful decisions and actions from the players.  This game is perfect for anybody looking for a simple two-player only game in a small package. It is always fun, exciting, and has camels, perfect for Wednesday date nights, you know since it’s humpday?

Is Jaipur Good For Two Players?:

Well as we have said this game can only be played with two players. For those of you who skipped down to this section, we know who you are. Okay, we’re only kidding.  We’re not kidding, we know where you live Jerry, and are rather offended you skipped to this section but we understand you have more important things to do with your time.  

Anyway, we will repeat ourselves one last time, for you Jerry, this game is one of our favorites and great for two players.  Jaipur is a very well-balanced two-player game, giving both players equal chance at becoming the best merchant but it is up to the players to buy, sell, trade, and manage their camels in a way to secure that title.

Pros

  • Quick and Simple
  • Tense and Exciting
  • Good Amount of Player Interaction
  • High-Quality Components
  • Well Balanced

Cons

  • Theme is a little generic

Jaipur Board Game (New Edition) | Strategy Game for Adults and Kids | Trading, Fun Tactical | Ages 10 and up | 2 Players | Average Playtime 30 Minutes | Made by Space Cowboys
Jaipur Board Game (New Edition) | Strategy Game for Adults and Kids | Trading, Fun Tactical | Ages 10 and up | 2 Players | Average Playtime 30 Minutes | Made by Space Cowboys
Jaipur Board Game (New Edition) | Strategy Game for Adults and Kids | Trading, Fun Tactical | Ages 10 and up | 2 Players | Average Playtime 30 Minutes | Made by Space Cowboys

We hope this Jaipur two player review has helped you.

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Asmodee vs Space Cowboys Jaipur

We also just wanted to mention that there are two different versions of this game. We are unsure if the old edition from Asmodee is still being sold anywhere, it doesn’t appear to be, but we thought we should state that the version we reviewed and own is the newer Space Cowboys edition.

The newer Space Cowboys edition is considered the Second Edition. It has new artwork and a metal Jaipur coin but is still fairly similar to the old edition. It still comes with a great insert and in our opinion, the new art makes the game look fresher and more modern, whereas the old art aged the game somewhat. Many have also stated the new insert can hold sleeved cards while the old edition could not.


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