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    • Replayability
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    You Might Like

    • Great player interaction.
    • Easy to pick up and play.
    • Great components, including a beautiful airship.
    • Beautiful thematically-consistent artwork.

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    • Light on strategy.
    • Repetitive.
    • Strong emphasis on luck.
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    Celestia Board Game Review

    Celestia is a light, semi co-operative, push-your-luck card game for two to six players. It plays in around 30 minutes and is recommended for ages eight and above. The box contains a simple but elegant cardboard steampunk airship, as well as pawns, inventory and loot cards, unique “event” dice and the rule book.

    Playing Celestia

    In Celestia players take turns to captain an airship which travels on a fantastical voyage between floating islands. The routes between these islands are full of dangers; man-eating birds, ravaging pirates, vast fog-banks, and crackling thunderstorms can all end a journey with disaster. However, players have a range of tools at their disposal to fend off these perils, from fog-horns and compasses, to cannons and lightning arresters.

    To get to the next island the captain must roll a number of dice to discover the dangers the ship will face on its journey. Passengers then decide either to remain on the ship, trusting the captain has the necessary cards in hand to negate the perils, or disembark to earn some loot.

    Those that disembark can pick up a treasure card, but the highest scoring loot is reserved for the furthest islands, so players have to engage in an uneasy alliance to get as far as possible. The first to score 50 loot points wins the game.

    Pros and Cons

    This brings me onto the biggest gripe I have with the game. It is very repetitive. VERY repetitive. And there is no great escape from this repetition. Occasionally you might get a special power card, or a piece of loot that lets you automatically jump to the next island without playing any cards. These cards are excellent, but are reliant on a hefty dose of luck to draw, as everything is random.

    Your ability to influence your own success in this game is therefore limited. The best thing you can do to prepare for Celestia is to play poker with your friends for a couple of months. This will help you read their tells and work out when they’re lying. This makes the game a great leveller for the less tactically-minded amongst us, but also means it can feel frustrating and shallow.

    Guessing who is in the lead also requires a bit of luck, as the first six of the nine floating islands have different loot cards that can be drawn with a range of values on them. This range does progressively get higher as you jump from one island to another, so you have an idea of the leader, but are no means certain. You will find yourself chasing your assumed leader, trying to make one more stop than they do.

    Meanwhile another, more conservative player that gets off early but is luckily drawing high scoring loot can actually be in front, especially if you have crashed a number of times.

    Leaving game design to one side, the game’s components are robust and well made. The airship I mentioned at the start of the review looks great on the tabletop, manned with meeples. It even comes with some spare parts. After many uses I’m thinking of gluing mine together as it is starting to fall apart a little.

    The game looks lovely, the artwork on the cards ties well with the theme. Everything in the game is language independent and the rule book is clear is concise.

    The Verdict on Celestia

    Celestia is an easy to learn card game that is ideal for starting a games night or to act as a short filler between more substantial affairs. The artwork is thematically very attractive, the components are excellent, and the game is short and light enough that family, friends, and gamers alike should all have a blast with this slick package.

    That said, anyone looking for a substantial challenge or more than a superficial dash of strategy should look elsewhere.

    Zatu Score

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    • Artwork
    • Complexity
    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You might like

    • Great player interaction.
    • Easy to pick up and play.
    • Great components, including a beautiful airship.
    • Beautiful thematically-consistent artwork.

    Might not like

    • Light on strategy.
    • Repetitive.
    • Strong emphasis on luck.

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