Azul: Crystal Mosaic is an expansion to the base game of Azul. You need to own a copy of the base game to be able to play with this expansion.
Azul: Crystal Mosaic adds two new parts to Azul. Firstly, the expansion comes with plastic overlays. These fit over the game board to help keep the pieces in place during game play. There are indents for all of the key parts of the board including the pattern line, the floor line and the pattern itself. There are also indents in the overlay for the scoring cube.
In the original game of Azul you had the option to follow the pattern on a completely filled in board, or to create your own pattern (following the placement rules) on a blank board. Azul: Crystal Mosaic provides four new double sided boards to be used.
On one side of the player boards the pattern has some tiles completed with the others left for players to fill in as they see fit. This is something of a midway point between the two game board options offered in the base game.
The other side of the new player boards also have a partial pattern on. However, the tiles which are already in place have a multiplier on them. When you place that tile you will receive double the number of points that you would normally. This side of the board adds a strategic timing element to the base game. Players will want to wait as long as possible to complete the multiplier tiles to gain more points, but if they wait too long they may not place the tile before the end of the game.
Player Count: 2 - 4
Time: 30 - 45 minutes