Twilight Struggle Board Game Review
Name: Twilight Struggle
BGG Weight: 3.60 / 5
Year Published: 2005
Publisher: GMT Games
Designer: Ananda Gupta and Jason Matthews
Number of Players: 2
Playing Time: 120-180 minutes
Game Category/Theme: War, Cold War, Political, Historical
Board Game Mechanics: Action/Event, Advantage Token, Area Majority / Influence, Campaign / Battle Card Driven, Dice Rolling
Player Interaction: 9.2
Game Rating: 9.0
Weight Rating: (8.6 + 9.3) = 17.9
Playability Rating: [(9.1 + 9.2 + 9.0) – 8.6] = 18.7
Play Rating Score: (17.9 + 18.7) x 2 = 73.2
Value Rating: 73.2 / 5.0 = 14.64
Final Score Rating: 73.2 + 14.64 = 87.84
Twilight Struggle is a two-player strategy game that takes place during the Cold War era, from 1945 to 1989. Players take on the roles of the United States and the Soviet Union, competing for global influence through political, military, and economic means. The game is played over a series of turns, with players using cards to perform various actions, such as placing influence in different countries, coups, realignments, and controlling regions. Each card represents an event from history, and players must carefully balance their actions with the consequences of triggering these events.
The game is highly strategic, with players needing to make numerous game-altering decisions throughout each turn. The card play and action selection also require careful planning and management, as players must balance their immediate needs with their long-term goals. The game is also highly interactive, with players constantly vying for control over different regions and engaging in a complex game of brinksmanship.
Twilight Struggle is a highly complex game, with many rules and mechanics to learn. It can take several playthroughs to fully understand all the intricacies of the game. However, once mastered, the game offers a high level of replayability, as each game is unique in its gameplay and potential outcomes.
The game is not cheap, and may be cost-prohibitive for some players. However, given the depth and complexity of the game, it offers excellent value for the price.
Twilight Struggle offers no solo or cooperative play options, as it is strictly a two-player game.
Other games that may appeal to fans of Twilight Struggle include:
- 1989: Dawn of Freedom – a game of political struggle set during the collapse of the Soviet Union and its satellite states.
- Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ? – a game of asymmetric conflict between the United States and Islamic jihadists, with each side using different strategies and goals.
- Twilight Struggle Digital Edition – a digital version of the classic board game, with improved AI and online play.
- Wir sind das Volk! – a game of political and ideological struggle set during the Cold War between East and West Germany.
- Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage – a game of ancient warfare and politics, with players taking on the roles of Rome and Carthage.
- Here I Stand – a game of religious and political conflict set during the Renaissance, with players taking on the roles of major European powers.
- Andean Abyss – a game of counterinsurgency and political struggle set during the Colombian conflict of the 1990s.
- 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis – a two-player game of brinkmanship and nuclear diplomacy during the height of the Cold War.
- Imperial Struggle – a game of global power politics set during the 18th century, with players taking on the roles of Great Britain and France.
- Churchill – a game of political and military strategy set during World War II, with players taking on the roles of Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin.
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