Stonemaier Games

STM600

Scythe

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 7 reviews
 
average rating 4.9 out of 5
Based on 7 reviews
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100% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Learning Curve
Rated 4 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 5 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 5 out of 5
7 Reviews
Reviewed by Junaid M.
Verified Reviewer
I recommend this product
Average play time
30-60 Minutes
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Supporting Local
  • Easy to Use Webstore
  • Generous Loyalty Scheme
  • Click & Collect
  • Knowledgeable Staff
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

A time investment that more than delivers

I have only played Scythe in Solo mode, which itself justifies the price tag. The rules for the board 'AI' take some getting used to but, if you persevere with the initial learning curve, it becomes seamless and an absolute joy to put into action. I now routinely play with two AI opponents at a time (sometimes three!), although you'll need to purchase additional automa decks for this.

Scythe is one of those games that you just love to set up. The pieces are beautifully crafted and half the fun is in moving them around.

Games last up to an hour in solo mode (they get quicker with practice) and they come with strategic depth and variation. Little is left to chance.

If you want a game that makes you feel smart, and that will fill your evenings, this might just be the one for you.

And that's even without considering the options for multi-player!

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Rated 4 out of 5
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Reviewed by Spimmo, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Compelling

I love Scythe. It's beautifully designed, both visually and in terms of how it works -- the design helps you to remember and follow the steps for your turn, so even though it's pretty complicated, it's easy to work through your turn without getting lost. The game play is sophisticated, and there are so many different strategies you can follow, it won't get dull. For older children and adults.

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Reviewed by Aislinn, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Hooked after first play

When we first got this game I was slightly sceptical about whether or not I would enjoy it, it's not really like anything we own. Even during set up and watching a YouTube video I still wasnt sure, but when we began playing (with more than a couple of glances at the rule book) everything made sense and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We both played very different strategies, as there are just so many different aspects to the game and we hadn't quite come to grips with it all yet, but we're already planning on playing it again tomorrow. I would have to agree with my boyfriend when he says it's already firmly in his top 10 favourite games!

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Reviewed by Stephanie, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Completely captivating

This game had everything we've loved in previous games - resource hexes and trading in Catan, the tactile economy in Concordia and the logic and artwork of Wingspan. The different characters and play mats make for a brand new game every single time. The backstory is engrossing and you can't wait to pick a faction and get going! We were surprised with how quickly we got to grips with it after the first setup. Can't recommend Scythe enough, it's worth losing an evening to!

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Reviewed by Lee, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

Scythe

Although daunting at first, Scythe has an interesting, challenging logic to it. Area control with occasional battles. Feels a bit like Catan crossed with Inis. Beautiful artwork and components.

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It is a time of unrest in 1920s Europa. The ashes from the first great war still darken the snow. The capitalistic city-state known simply as “The Factory”, which fueled the war with heavily armored mechs, has closed its doors, drawing the attention of several nearby countries.

Scythe is an engine-building game set in an alternate-history 1920s period. It is a time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears, innovation and valor. In Scythe, each player represents a character from one of five factions of Eastern Europe who are attempting to earn their fortune and claim their faction's stake in the land around the mysterious Factory. Players conquer territory, enlist new recruits, reap resources, gain villagers, build structures, and activate monstrous mechs.

Each player begins the game with different resources (power, coins, combat acumen, and popularity), a different starting location, and a hidden goal. Starting positions are specially calibrated to contribute to each faction’s uniqueness and the asymmetrical nature of the game (each faction always starts in the same place).

Scythe gives players almost complete control over their fate. Other than each player’s individual hidden objective card, the only elements of luck or variability are “encounter” cards that players will draw as they interact with the citizens of newly explored lands. Each encounter card provides the player with several options, allowing them to mitigate the luck of the draw through their selection. Combat is also driven by choices, not luck or randomness.

Scythe uses a streamlined action-selection mechanism (no rounds or phases) to keep gameplay moving at a brisk pace and reduce downtime between turns. While there is plenty of direct conflict for players who seek it, there is no player elimination.

Every part of Scythe has an aspect of engine-building to it. Players can upgrade actions to become more efficient, build structures that improve their position on the map, enlist new recruits to enhance character abilities, activate mechs to deter opponents from invading, and expand their borders to reap greater types and quantities of resources. These engine-building aspects create a sense of momentum and progress throughout the game. The order in which players improve their engine adds to the unique feel of each game, even when playing one faction multiple times.

 

 1-5 PLAYERS  |  90-115 MINS  |  AGES 14+

 

REVIEWS

average rating 4.9 out of 5
Based on 7 reviews
  • 5 Stars
    6 Reviews
  • 4 Stars
    1 Review
  • 3 Stars
    0 Reviews
  • 2 Stars
    0 Reviews
  • 1 Star
    0 Reviews
100% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Learning Curve
Rated 4 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 5 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 5 out of 5
7 Reviews
Reviewed by Junaid M.
Verified Reviewer
I recommend this product
Average play time
30-60 Minutes
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Supporting Local
  • Easy to Use Webstore
  • Generous Loyalty Scheme
  • Click & Collect
  • Knowledgeable Staff
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

A time investment that more than delivers

I have only played Scythe in Solo mode, which itself justifies the price tag. The rules for the board 'AI' take some getting used to but, if you persevere with the initial learning curve, it becomes seamless and an absolute joy to put into action. I now routinely play with two AI opponents at a time (sometimes three!), although you'll need to purchase additional automa decks for this.

Scythe is one of those games that you just love to set up. The pieces are beautifully crafted and half the fun is in moving them around.

Games last up to an hour in solo mode (they get quicker with practice) and they come with strategic depth and variation. Little is left to chance.

If you want a game that makes you feel smart, and that will fill your evenings, this might just be the one for you.

And that's even without considering the options for multi-player!

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Learning Curve
Rated 4 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 5 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed by Spimmo, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Compelling

I love Scythe. It's beautifully designed, both visually and in terms of how it works -- the design helps you to remember and follow the steps for your turn, so even though it's pretty complicated, it's easy to work through your turn without getting lost. The game play is sophisticated, and there are so many different strategies you can follow, it won't get dull. For older children and adults.

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Reviewed by Aislinn, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Hooked after first play

When we first got this game I was slightly sceptical about whether or not I would enjoy it, it's not really like anything we own. Even during set up and watching a YouTube video I still wasnt sure, but when we began playing (with more than a couple of glances at the rule book) everything made sense and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We both played very different strategies, as there are just so many different aspects to the game and we hadn't quite come to grips with it all yet, but we're already planning on playing it again tomorrow. I would have to agree with my boyfriend when he says it's already firmly in his top 10 favourite games!

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Reviewed by Stephanie, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Completely captivating

This game had everything we've loved in previous games - resource hexes and trading in Catan, the tactile economy in Concordia and the logic and artwork of Wingspan. The different characters and play mats make for a brand new game every single time. The backstory is engrossing and you can't wait to pick a faction and get going! We were surprised with how quickly we got to grips with it after the first setup. Can't recommend Scythe enough, it's worth losing an evening to!

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Reviewed by Lee, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

Scythe

Although daunting at first, Scythe has an interesting, challenging logic to it. Area control with occasional battles. Feels a bit like Catan crossed with Inis. Beautiful artwork and components.

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