Board Game
2-4 Players
About 45 Minutes
Grade 3 and Up
Game Schooler Recommendation

Azul is a tile-laying game for 2-4 players that works for the whole family. The chunky tiles exude quality, and the gameplay offers strategic choices for players as young as 9. Players must be able to balance taking tiles that benefit them while blocking opponents. Azul can be cut-throat with experienced players, but we’ve found most kids don’t get too discouraged by the game’s take-that elements. Lastly, Azul can be set up and played in under 45 minutes!

Game Overview

Introduced by the Moors, azulejos (originally white and blue ceramic tiles) were fully embraced by the Portuguese when their king Manuel I, on a visit to the Alhambra palace in Southern Spain, was mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the Moorish decorative tiles. The king, awestruck by the interior beauty of the Alhambra, immediately ordered that his own palace in Portugal be decorated with similar wall tiles. As a tile-laying artist, you have been challenged to embellish the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora. In the game Azul, players take turns drafting colored tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they've placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player's score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins

  • Competition Competition
    Develops healthy competitive habits as two or more parties compete for a goal that cannot be shared.
  • Logistics Logistics
    Allows players to manage production flow between the point of origin and consumption.
  • Risk Management Risk Management
    Players must identify, evaluate, and prioritize options to reduce the impact of unfortunate events or risks.
  • Spatial Perception Spatial Perception
    Strengthens a player’s understanding of the spatial relationships with the objects in their environment as well as themselves.
  • Tactical Thinking Tactical Thinking
    Challenges players to make decisions based on currently available information.
  • Resilience Resilience
    Teaches players how to quickly recover from and cope with difficulties.
Game Details
  • Type: Family Game
  • Category: Board Game
  • Designer(s): Michael Kiesling
  • Published: 2017
  • Game Length: About 45 Minutes
  • Players: 2-4 Players
  • 2018 - Spiel des Jahres Winner (Game of the Year - Germany)
  • 2018 - Origins Awards Best Family Game Winner
  • 2018 - Mensa Select Winner
  • 2017 - Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Winner
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