7 Wonders Architects is a card drafting game where you try to get sets of cards. With these sets you can then build your wonder or go to war! You will see many similarities to 7 Wonders or 7 Wonders Duel, if you know these games Architects will be no trouble to learn!
Each player plays an ancient civilization in 7 Wonders Architects. These civilizations all have a different wonders they need to build, for example the pyramids, the colossus or a lighthouse. To build this you are going to need cards. Civilizations all have a deck of cards and there is a common closed deck. Each turn, you may draft 1 card from the deck to your left or right or from the closed common deck. As in the original 7 wonders, there are different categories; military, resources, science, victory points or coins. Resources can be discarded to build parts of your wonder. If you have 2 same or 3 different science cards you may exchange them for a science symbol which can give you strong bonuses. Blue cards give you victory points and possibly the cat token. If you have this cat token you may always look at the top card of the common pile. Military power allows you to win wars with your opponent(s) and coins are a type of wild resource card.
The goal of the game is to finish your miracle. When you finish this miracle the game immediately stops and you add up all the points. The player with the most points wins the game and becomes the leader of antiquity!
7 Wonders Architects is a simplified version of the classic 7 Wonders. If, like us, you often play with people who have little to no board game knowledge, you're going to be very happy with 7 Wonders Architects!
Saying that 7 Wonders Architects is a simplified version of 7 Wonders is not putting it mildly. 7 Wonders Architects is really a very simple and light version of 7 Wonders. You can certainly play this game with people who have never played a board game before, as well as with children! The rules are incredibly quick to learn, especially if you already know 7 Wonders or 7 Wonders Duel. In addition, 7 Wonders Architects is as we said above very light. You perform the same action every turn and can only score points in a few ways. A game of 7 Wonders Architects also really doesn't take long and will certainly not give you a headache. With 2 players, we play a game of 7 Wonders Architects easily within 10 to 15 minutes.
Personally, we couldn't really estimate beforehand how simple and light 7 Wonders Architects would be. We were very surprised at the simplicity of the game. This is definitely something to think about before you buy 7 Wonders Architects. If you often play with non gamers then this version of 7 Wonders is perfect. You, as an experienced board game player and 7 Wonders fan, can certainly enjoy yourself while playing Architects. Architects certainly brings the feeling of 7 Wonders with it.
The recognizable elements from 7 Wonders and 7 Wonders Duel, are also sure to return in 7 Wonders Architects. You have the resources, the victory points, the military power and the scientific victory. These elements are all simplified, but still remain recognizable in their own way. For example, you get nice bonus chips when you collect 2 of the same scientific symbols and you can score points by having more military power than your opponent.
7 Wonders Architects is an entertaining, but very simple game. As an experienced board game player, you may feel that something is missing. For example, while you have to make interesting choices, you always have a good option to choose from. Building your wonder doesn't feel very difficult. After all, you can use all the resources and don't need any specific ones. This makes playing feel very free and easy at times. While this may feel like a shortcoming for experienced players, it is probably very nice for the novice players.
One thing we should definitely name in our review is the insert. We know of very few games that have a perfect insert, but 7 Wonders Architects is definitely one of them. All player parts are in separate trays, labeled with a sticker with a brief overview of that particular wonder. Not only does this make setting up and cleaning up the game super quick, it also keeps it organized and you always have a quick reference at hand.
As far as we are concerned, 7 Wonders Architects is a perfect entry-level game. Do you often play with non gamers and love 7 Wonders? Then you'll definitely want to purchase this one! Who knows, maybe you can convince your friends or family and play the real deal with them in no time.
Pros and cons
+ Contains all 7 Wonders elements
+ Easy setup and gameplay
+ Useful insert
- Can miss depth for the experienced players