Can you emulate the famous Egyptian architect, Imhotep? (You might have heard the name from the 1999 film The Mummy, but in this game, Imhotep isn’t the Bad Guy!) This is a fantastic family-weight game by KOSMOS Games for 2-4 players. Your aim? Contribute your building materials towards a series of ancient monuments for big points.
Games of Imhotep last six rounds, and the action is short and snappy. The round set-up is modular, with an array of empty boats entering the action. Players start with their own coloured stone in their supply. On your turn you perform one action. You can load one of your stones onto a vacant spot in one of the boats. You can refill your supply. Or, if boats house a minimum-required amount of stone, you can sail said boat to a monument of your choice. Off come the stones, in front-to-back order, and they contribute towards the monument.
Will you sail to the ever-growing pyramid for immediate points? Will you help build the burial chamber, aiming for big end-game pattern-building points? Will you get into an area majority battle for the obelisks? Or will you head to the market, where set collection rewards and rule-breaking benefits await?
The key to sailing boats is timing, when your stones sit in the optimal position(s). But the problem is that everyone’s eyeing up those boats and those monuments, too! Can you out-thwart your rivals? Or will your stones end up in the ‘wrong’ locations? Imhotep is the kind of game where you need a back-up plan or two up your sleeve!
In Imhotep, designer Phil Walker-Harding has produced yet another stellar family-weight game! Other designs by Walker-Harding include Bärenpark, Sushi Go Party!, Gizmos and the recent Silver & Gold. Quite the impressive list. Imhotep sits among fine company…
Player Count: 2-4 Players
Time: 40 minutes