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    • Super quick to set up and play
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    Tribes Review

    Tribes Review

    Grab your best mammoth-hunting spear and get ready to step back through time and explore man’s early years in Tribes: Dawn of Humanity. From publisher KOSMOS, Tribes sees up to four players compete to assert themselves as the dominant clan by winning the most victory points, or bear teeth tokens. Players can claim bear teeth by completing achievements. To do this, players must explore lands unknown to add hexes to the three they start with. The game is driven by the six starting action tiles which change order throughout the game, so gameplay is constantly fluid. But that’s enough of that, let’s go protect our tribe!

    Dawn of an Era

    At the start of the game, all players choose one of the four colours and take the respective tribespeople and cubes. The action tiles are placed randomly at the top of the player board and the achievement tiles are laid out in the outlined spaces. Each player then places three random land hexes and a single tribe member, and that’s set up! It really is that simple. As the game goes on, players can choose one of four actions.

    They can either explore and add land tiles to their domain, procreate, bringing more tribespeople into the game, move their meeples, or quest to gain victory points. Which actions you can take is dictated by the order of the action tiles, which keeps players on their toes, adapting to develop their tribe as best they can.

    This delightful simplicity extends through into the gameplay itself, meaning after a quick five minute read of the game rules and you’ll be good to go. The simplicity of the mechanics of the game really allows the content itself to shine, keeping gameplay light but interesting as games go on. Thanks to the ever-changing action tile order, like early man, players are having to adapt and react to succeed.

    Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

    One of Tribes’ strongest points is the simplicity of the gameplay. The use of symbols means that not only is the game very quick to pick up, but if you do need to look something up it takes mere seconds. The mainboard lets players track their levels in areas such as exploration or strength, all fundamental attributes for gameplay. This is also where a player can track who has completed classic caveman challenges such as trapping, cooking, and… cheese making? This makes Tribes the perfect game for strategy game newbies as a gentle interlocution to the genre. Thanks to its simple set up and quick gameplay, any group with an hour to spare can sit down and play a game of Tribes, even if they’d never played before.

    There is one issue with this simplicity in two-player setups; the game can feel a little too fleeting. Without a high player count, just as you’re getting into it, the final actions are taken and you’re counting victory points. This doesn’t by any means spoil the game, it can just be dissatisfying when you don’t have time to explore as much of Tribes as you would like. However, the action section makes up for this and is what makes Tribes so enjoyable, especially in groups of three or four. Watching the frustration on another player’s face as you take an action, moving it to the back of the queue, just so they can’t use it is incredible.

    Walk in the Neolithic Park

    One of Tribe’s most striking aspects is its artwork. From the main player board to the event tiles, the art really brings this game together. The bright colours mixed with the caveman art focus set Tribes apart from other games and highlight the light and fun gameplay. It does seem that this high quality doesn’t quite extend as far as the player tokens, however. When it comes to the 60 tribespeople, the design is not quite as elegant as other components.

    Knowing that Tribes is about an ancient man you can make out that the meeples are burly cavemen. However, if I were to see these without context, I would not recognise them as being cavemen, or really any sort of man or that matter. Given how great the other components are, these wooden tokens just let the game down, especially given their use in the game.

    Epoch’s End

    Tribes: Dawn of Humanity is a super quick and incredibly simple board game that requires two minutes to set up and five minutes to learn. Thanks to its ever-changing action tiles, no two rounds of Tribes are the same, let alone two games. This is a game that excels at being a gateway for board-gaming newbies who want a simple, quick but fun way to explore the hobby. That is certainly not to say, however, that seasoned pros won’t enjoy Tribes.

    The quality of the artwork, slightly frumpy meeples aside, is great, as is the design. From families to hardcore gaming groups, Tribes is a fast-paced, highly variable game that anyone can get their mammoth tusks into.

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    The price is nice, the product came out great and the client support is a big differential. Can't recommend it more.

    This is my 2nd order with ZATU Games and I want to describe my experience with them in some detail: Delivery: Fast and reliable, the ordered items are shipped quickly and all neccessary information (tracking) is shared, therefore 100% transparent 5/5 stars Contact: First I was a bit doubtful as a german customer (sorry for my bad english) because of stress with customs and delivery times through BREXIT concerns. However, after sending my questions I just had a good feeling. Friendly cusomter support, quick answers and an always welcoming feeling made it a joyful experience for me to wait for my packages and I am literally an impatient guy 5/5 stars Assistance: I just wanted to separate the overall impression of the customer support from a detailed impression after a delayed package at customs: They shared tracking information, contacted Royal Air Mail for me and helped me to find the package information. After all the work they had, they refunded me without hesitation to help me out of my situation. 5/5 stars Products: Perfect condition, not even a scratch on the product! In addition one of the widest product ranges in board games I had ever seen and always welcoming if you want to recommend another game to add to their store! I know, I repeat myself but I can just say: It's a joy to play their games and order there! 5/5 stars I am happy to be a Zatu customer and can't wait for christmas to come! Best wishes and stay healthy!

    This is my 2nd order with ZATU Games and I want to describe my experience with them in some detail: Delivery: Fast and reliable, the ordered items are shipped quickly and all neccessary information (tracking) is shared, therefore 100% transparent 5/5 stars Contact: First I was a bit doubtful as a german customer (sorry for my bad english) because of stress with customs and delivery times through BREXIT concerns. However, after sending my questions I just had a good feeling. Friendly cusomter support, quick answers and an always welcoming feeling made it a joyful experience for me to wait for my packages and I am literally an impatient guy 5/5 stars Assistance: I just wanted to separate the overall impression of the customer support from a detailed impression after a delayed package at customs: They shared tracking information, contacted Royal Air Mail for me and helped me to find the package information. After all the work they had, they refunded me without hesitation to help me out of my situation. 5/5 stars Products: Perfect condition, not even a scratch on the product! In addition one of the widest product ranges in board games I had ever seen and always welcoming if you want to recommend another game to add to their store! I know, I repeat myself but I can just say: It's a joy to play their games and order there! 5/5 stars I am happy to be a Zatu customer and can't wait for christmas to come! Best wishes and stay healthy!

    This is my 2nd order with ZATU Games and I want to describe my experience with them in some detail: Delivery: Fast and reliable, the ordered items are shipped quickly and all neccessary information (tracking) is shared, therefore 100% transparent 5/5 stars Contact: First I was a bit doubtful as a german customer (sorry for my bad english) because of stress with customs and delivery times through BREXIT concerns. However, after sending my questions I just had a good feeling. Friendly cusomter support, quick answers and an always welcoming feeling made it a joyful experience for me to wait for my packages and I am literally an impatient guy 5/5 stars Assistance: I just wanted to separate the overall impression of the customer support from a detailed impression after a delayed package at customs: They shared tracking information, contacted Royal Air Mail for me and helped me to find the package information. After all the work they had, they refunded me without hesitation to help me out of my situation. 5/5 stars Products: Perfect condition, not even a scratch on the product! In addition one of the widest product ranges in board games I had ever seen and always welcoming if you want to recommend another game to add to their store! I know, I repeat myself but I can just say: It's a joy to play their games and order there! 5/5 stars I am happy to be a Zatu customer and can't wait for christmas to come! Best wishes and stay healthy!

    This is my 2nd order with ZATU Games and I want to describe my experience with them in some detail: Delivery: Fast and reliable, the ordered items are shipped quickly and all neccessary information (tracking) is shared, therefore 100% transparent 5/5 stars Contact: First I was a bit doubtful as a german customer (sorry for my bad english) because of stress with customs and delivery times through BREXIT concerns. However, after sending my questions I just had a good feeling. Friendly cusomter support, quick answers and an always welcoming feeling made it a joyful experience for me to wait for my packages and I am literally an impatient guy 5/5 stars Assistance: I just wanted to separate the overall impression of the customer support from a detailed impression after a delayed package at customs: They shared tracking information, contacted Royal Air Mail for me and helped me to find the package information. After all the work they had, they refunded me without hesitation to help me out of my situation. 5/5 stars Products: Perfect condition, not even a scratch on the product! In addition one of the widest product ranges in board games I had ever seen and always welcoming if you want to recommend another game to add to their store! I know, I repeat myself but I can just say: It's a joy to play their games and order there! 5/5 stars I am happy to be a Zatu customer and can't wait for christmas to come! Best wishes and stay healthy!

    Amazing product on a fast delivery for a very good price? I'm sold.

    Amazing product on a fast delivery for a very good price? I'm sold.

    Very pleased with the. Speed of delivery items always arrive perfect happy customer would highly recommend

    Very pleased with the. Speed of delivery items always arrive perfect happy customer would highly recommend

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    Excellent! Best game shop, highly recommended!

    Amazing prices, fast delivery, a huge amount of choice and when you do need to talk to customer services they are so friendly and helpful I would highly recommend Zatu games to anyway it’s the best website I’ve ever discovered

    Amazing prices, fast delivery, a huge amount of choice and when you do need to talk to customer services they are so friendly and helpful I would highly recommend Zatu games to anyway it’s the best website I’ve ever discovered

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    A recent return to gaming has seen me use this company frequently. A wealth of choice, great prices and speedy and safe delivery have ensured the decision was a good one. I cannot recommend Zatu highly enough. Take advantage of their reward scheme!

    Great customer service. Game arrived without any dents.

    Great customer service. Game arrived without any dents.

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