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

It’s no surprise that jurists nominated Luxor for the Spiel des Jahres in 2018. This game offers variability for repeat plays and streamlined gameplay that adds interest without adding complexity. In Luxor, players move their adventurers through a temple in search of the pharaoh’s tomb. Along the way, they collect artifacts and treasure. Players play cards to move their adventurers, but they cannot re-arrange those cards. You are only allowed to play the card in the rightmost or leftmost position in your hand. As you replenish your hand, you place each newly acquired card in the middle. This fun restriction keeps a player’s options limited while maintaining elements of strategy. Most importantly, it’s fun!

Game Overview

On the hunt for priceless treasures, groups of adventurers explore the legendary temple at Luxor. Their ultimate goal is the tomb of the pharaoh, but many treasures can be collected as they search. As they explore, the challenge unfolds: The player who manages to quickly get their team of adventurers to the tomb, while salvaging as many treasures as possible, will be the winner. Luxor offers variable game play as the path that leads to the tomb is different for every game — and will even change during play!

  • 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.
  • Time Management Time Management
    Improves a player’s ability to organize and plan how long they spend on specific activities.
Game Details
  • Type: Family Game
  • Category: Board Game
  • Designer(s): Rüdiger Dorn
  • Published: 2018
  • Game Length: About 45 Minutes
  • Players: 2-4 Players
  • 2018 Spiel des Jahres Nominee
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