Nimalia is of William Lievin and 2023 at Pegasus Spiele appeared. In the placement game, you build a reserve with a maximum size of 6×6 fields and try to arrange the animals and landscape types in such a way that you get as many points as possible with each scoring.
In Nimalia the players create their own animal reserve in which as many animals as possible will live in harmony. Achieving such a balance requires smart decisions and foresight. Only those who manage to meet the needs of all animals in the reserve have a chance of winning.
Playfully, the game does a balancing act between tactical elements and luck factors. Although I can decide how I invest my cards, I cannot influence which cards I have available and when. If giraffes give you minus points and I get a giraffe as the last card, I get minus points whether I want to or not. That's sometimes a bit frustrating. But don't worry, you can also turn the tables and make sure that other people get bad cards as the last card. But you have to be aware that in the end not only your own strategy, but also a portion decides between victory and defeat.
In the end is Nimalia A nice little game that does a lot of things right. Also perfect for on the go, but not for pure tactics fans and with some deductions for the task cards. Otherwise, fans of placement games will get their money's worth here.
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