eclipse review

Eclipse New Dawn for the galaxy Board Game Review


Game: Eclipse

Year Published: 2011

Publisher: Asmodee

Designer: Touko Tahkokallio

Number of Players: 2-6

Playing Time: 60-200 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Space Exploration, 4X

Mechanics: Action Points, Area Control, Dice Rolling, Hexagon Grid, Modular Board, Tech Tree, Variable Player Powers



Strategy: 9.2

Complexity: 7.8

Player Interaction: 8.6

Replayability: 9.5

Game Rating: 9.0

Cost: 7.0



Weight Rating: (7.8 + 9.2) = 17.0

Playability Rating: [(9.5 + 8.6 + 9.0) – 7.8] = 19.3

Play Rating Score: (17.0 + 19.3) x 2 = 72.6

Value Rating: 72.6 / 7.0 = 10.37


Final Score Rating: 72.6 + 10.37 = 82.97



Eclipse is a space exploration and 4X game that requires careful planning and strategic decision-making. Players build their space empires by exploring the galaxy, researching new technologies, building ships, and engaging in combat with other players. The modular board and variable player powers add a level of unpredictability and replayability to the game.

Eclipse offers both solo and cooperative play, but the real fun comes from playing against other players. The game is not for the faint of heart, as it can be quite complex and overwhelming for new players. However, with some practice and experience, players can learn to master the game’s mechanics and become a force to be reckoned with.


If you enjoyed Eclipse, here are ten other games you might enjoy:

  1. Twilight Imperium: A space-themed 4X game with a massive game board and a deep strategic gameplay.
  2. Terraforming Mars: A game about terraforming Mars with unique player abilities and card drafting mechanics.
  3. Scythe: A game with a post-World War I theme, resource management mechanics, and asymmetric player powers.
  4. Gaia Project: A game about space exploration and terraforming planets with variable player powers and modular board mechanics.
  5. Cosmic Encounter: A game about intergalactic diplomacy, negotiation, and bluffing with a focus on player interaction.
  6. Sid Meier’s Civilization: A board game version of the classic video game, with familiar mechanics such as technology trees and city building.
  7. Through the Ages: A civilization-building game with card drafting mechanics and a focus on player progression.
  8. Star Wars: Rebellion: A game about the Galactic Civil War with asymmetric gameplay and a focus on hidden movement.
  9. Forbidden Stars: A game about space conquest with a unique combat system and an emphasis on tactical positioning.
  10. Exodus: Proxima Centauri: A game about space exploration and diplomacy with modular board mechanics and variable player powers.

All of these games offer unique gameplay mechanics and themes that should appeal to fans of Eclipse.

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