Villa Paletti Board Game

by Pamela Laurenne Laserna

(boardgamebeast.com)

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Manufacturer:
University Games
Number of players:
2-4
Ages:
6-12
Time:
TIME

Quick verdict

Villa Paletti is a simple dexterity game that puts your building and balancing skills to the test. Don’t be so smug as to think that this would just be a piece of cake knowing you’ve already mastered Jenga. While they’re both building games and generally have the same objectives, that’s where their similarities end. This game is much deeper than it looks, involving a lot of strategies and decision-making.

The game and gameplay

The premise in Villa Paletti is pretty straightforward: try to remove different-sized columns using either your hand or the hook without toppling the tower.

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These columns, in turn, will be used to build the tower higher. The hook is a nice touch, allowing even the shakiest player to pull out a column without knocking down the tower.

The real beauty and challenge of the game, though, lies in the analytic thought that you make before every move. Where do you put your columns? At the edge or center? Do you cluster them together? Should you make use of the hook or your fingers to remove the columns?

Do you start another level? And how do you establish a floor once you’ve decided to add it? Do you push your luck or play it safe? Do you whisk out the column quickly or do you gradually and gently nudge it? It is these variables that make it a far-cry from Jenga.

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Rules are pretty simple and game can commence after just a single run-through. There are some ambiguities in the game which the rule book failed to address, but this is insignificant enough to not affect the game.

Pros and cons

Beginners shouldn’t be intimidated since several variations are provided to suit the players’ level of expertise. For more advanced players, points are assigned to different types of columns depending on their difficulty. It puts adults and children on the same plane.

Unlike other games, older players don’t have to intentionally lose the game for the benefit of the young ones, because the younger players have as much chances of winning as the adults.

The game is also a great time to introduce the basics of physics and the principles of balance without boring the young ones to death.

The way the game works encourages players to be moving instead of sitting for the whole duration of the game. Most of the time you will find yourself up on your feet, analyzing the tower at every angle, trying to figure out your next move.

If the game’s awards aren’t enough to entice you, its design and wooden components surely will. The game has great aesthetics with its bright colors and asymmetrically-shaped components that make the resulting tower look like a piece of art.

The verdict

All these make Villa Paletti belong to one of the most highly recommended games, one that will never go out of style.


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