caylus review

Caylus Board Game Review


Name: Caylus

BGG Weight: 3.80 / 5

Year Published: 2005

Publisher: Ystari Games

Designer: William Attia

Number of Players: 2-5

Playing Time: 60-150 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Medieval/Economic

Board Game Mechanics: Action Queue, Ownership, Turn Order: Claim Action, Turn Order: Pass Order, Variable Set-up, Worker Placement



Strategy: 9.2

Complexity: 7.5

Player Interaction: 8.7

Replayability: 9.3

Game Rating: 9.1

Cost: 6.5



Weight Rating = (7.5 + 9.2) = 16.7

Playability Rating = [(9.3 + 8.7 + 9.1) – 7.5] = 20.6

Play Rating Score = (16.7 + 20.6) * 2 = 74.6

Value Rating = 74.6 / 6.5 = 11.5


Final Score Rating = 74.6 + 11.5 = 86.1



Caylus is a popular strategy game that offers a unique medieval economic theme. In this game, players take turns placing their workers on various buildings in order to collect resources, build structures, and gain points. One interesting aspect of Caylus is the auction mechanic, where players can bid to use certain buildings or to determine the turn order. This adds an extra level of strategy and player interaction to the game. Overall, Caylus is a challenging and engaging game that is perfect for players who enjoy a good strategy game with plenty of replayability.

Caylus does not offer a solo or cooperative play option, as it is strictly a competitive game.


For players who enjoyed Caylus, here are 10 other games that may appeal to them:


  1. Agricola – A popular worker placement game that requires players to manage their own farm and family.
  2. Puerto Rico – A classic economic strategy game that involves managing resources, building structures, and shipping goods.
  3. Le Havre – A resource management game where players build structures and ships to gain points.
  4. Power Grid – A game where players build and manage their own power grid, while competing against others to power the most cities.
  5. Terraforming Mars – A game where players work together to terraform Mars, while competing to gain the most points.
  6. Brass: Birmingham – A game where players build their own industries in the Industrial Revolution-era England.
  7. Great Western Trail – A game where players manage a cattle herd on the famous trail from Texas to Kansas City.
  8. Keyflower – A game where players build and manage their own village, competing against others to gain points.
  9. Scythe – A game where players lead their own faction in an alternate history 1920s Europe, competing for resources and territory.
  10. Everdell – A game where players build their own forest city and collect resources, while competing to gain the most points.

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