Scythe Review

Scythe Board Game Review


Name of the game: Scythe

BGG Weight: 3.44 / 5

Year published: 2016

Publisher: Stonemaier Games

Designer: Jamey Stegmaier

Number of players: 1-5

Playing time: 90-115 minutes

Game category/theme: alternate history, economic, territory building, war

Board game mechanics: Card Play Conflict Resolution, Contracts, End Game Bonuses, Force Commitment, Grid Movement



Strategy: 9.2

Complexity: 3.8

Player Interaction: 7.9

Replayability: 9.6

Game Rating: 9.0

Cost: 7.0



Weight Rating: (3.8 + 9.2) = 13.0

Playability Rating: [(9.6 + 7.9 + 9.0) – 3.8] = 22.7

Play Rating Score: (13.0 + 22.7) * 2 = 71.4

Value Rating: 71.4 / 7.0 = 10.2


Final Score Rating: 71.4 + 10.2 = 81.6



Scythe is a beautifully designed and well-balanced game that offers a deep and rewarding experience for both casual and serious gamers. The alternate history theme adds an element of intrigue to the gameplay, as players compete to control territory and resources, build structures, and engage in combat with their opponents. The game’s mechanics are easy to learn but provide ample strategic depth, thanks to the variable player powers and the different paths to victory. The replayability is high due to the many different combinations of factions and player mats, as well as the random encounter cards that add a level of unpredictability to each game. The artwork and components are top-notch and help to immerse players in the world of the game. Overall, Scythe is a must-play for fans of economic and territory building games.

Scythe offers both solo and cooperative play options. The solo mode features an automa opponent that provides a challenging and engaging experience. The cooperative mode allows players to work together to complete objectives and overcome challenges.


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