Don Quixote Board Game

by Gary Sonnenberg

(Waukesha, WI)

Don Quixote Board Game

Don Quixote Board Game

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Board game manufacturer:
Pegasus Spiele
Number of players:
30 mins

Quick verdict

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Cervantes is generally considered one of the best pieces of literature of all time. Don Quixote the board game may not be the greatest game of all time, but I think you’ll have plenty of fun with it all the same.

The game and gameplay

Game play in Don Quixote is somewhat like that in Take It Easy!, but the scoring methods are quite different.

In both games, you have tiles that you must place on your player board. You can place them anywhere you want in Take It Easy! In Don Quixote, the location is specified for you, but which tile you put there is up to you.

There are three rounds in Don Quixote. Before the first one begins, two cards are revealed specifying two of the rectangular spaces on your board. Your two castle tiles are set on these spaces. One of your goals is to connect tiles with knights to those castles.

At the start of the game, all of your tiles – which show roads, churches, windmills, and knights – are face down. In the first round, you can start to fill your board from nine of your tiles you have flipped over.

In the second round, you choose from a new group of seven tiles.

In the final round you reveal all but one tile. After the five revealed tiles have been placed, the last tile goes in the one remaining open spot.

This randomness in tile selection is one of your greatest challenges to overcome in this game. You are always hoping for just the right card to appear so that you can place this tile right there. It rarely happens that way. Deal with it.

Scoring occurs after each round. Churches and windmills count the same in each round. Each pair connected by roads are worth two points. Three together are worth six; four count for eight and so on.

Knights – which have a value of 1, 2, or 3 designated on their shields – are tricky to position for optimum scoring. You want them to face the edge of the board and also to be connected to your castles. Each round it takes more knights before scoring them is permitted.

After the final round, you also score points for the longest chain of knights connected by roads – somewhat like churches and windmills.

Pros and cons

The pieces are nice and thick, but the colors are a little bland.

The game is easy to play, but may frustrate the easily-frustrated.

The verdict

There are many times in Don Quixote board game when you’ll feel the futility of tilting at windmills, but that’s actually part of the fun and excitement of this game. Knowing that everyone else is riding the same horse helps.

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