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WELCOME TO THE BAZAAR OF ISTANBUL!
Hustle and bustle in the bazaar district of Istanbul: merchants and their assistants are hurrying through the narrow alleys attempting to be more successful than their competitors. Good organization is key: wheelbarrows have to be filled with goods at the warehouses and then swiftly transported by the assistants to the various destinations. The goal of the merchants is to be the first to collect a certain amount of rubies.
You are leading a merchant and four assistants through the 16 Places of the bazaar. At each Place, you can carry out a specific action. The challenge is that, to carry out an action at any of those Places, your merchant needs the help of an assistant and has to leave him behind. To use that assistant again later, your merchant has to come back to that Place and pick him up. So plan ahead carefully to avoid being left with no assistants and thus unable to do anything …
In Istanbul you assemble a marketplace using tiles that represent the various areas, shops, and facilities of the Grand Bazaar. You can assemble different markets by laying out the tiles in various configurations.
During the game each player represents a merchant house that is trying to get rich by buying, selling, trading, and interfering with other merchants.
In 2014 Istanbul won the Kennerspiel award at the Essenspiel convention in Germany, being recognized as the best “gamer’s game” of the year!
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What others say about this product
“I'm not an expert on worker placement games, but this one is really fun. You construct a game board by laying out tiles, and you and your assistants conduct business in competition with your opponents by traveling around on those tiles. You collect rubies to win the game, and there are lots of ways to get them. The tiles can also be layed out in different arrangements, so each game feels a little different. What I like about the game is that practicing only one strategy is not enough to beat your friends. You have to do it all - add to your wheelbarrow, move your assistants around, buy rubies, trade for rubies, aquire and sell goods, catch opponents family members and send them to jail...”
“I played this game once with friends before knowing I had to buy it, it's that good! This game has a very unique movement mechanism, and that makes it both fun and strategic for all types of gamers. It's definitely a game that you could teach anyone, though it may take them a few turns to figure out the most efficient ways to get points. The best part about this game is that it's different every time, since the layout changes every time, and it also has an expansion to add even more variety! This doesn't take long to teach, and it's a great in-between game if you're a heavy gamer looking for something with strategy, that doesn't take hours to play.”
“This game is very well designed. It's visually pleasing to the eye, which is an important factor in peaking kids' curiosity. Our kid is far below the recommended age, but he really got into it and enjoys it whenever we play. The game develops strategy skills and is beneficial for education and overall development. The competitive edge gets quite intense as the game unfolds.”