Lost Cities is a game of exploring ancient ruins and is one of the best two player games ever designed – one of Reiner Knizia’s masterpieces. A game that has been played by thousands of couples, each player is attempting to play cards in sequences that will score many points for them. Each turn, players simply play or discard one card, then draw one card. Players attempt to wait as long as possible to play high cards for themselves and hold cards that their opponents want. It is the ultimate two player game and can be finished in less than thirty minutes. This addicting game is three rounds of card laying fun!
Sometimes, David and I want to play a game, just the two of us. Lost Cities is perfect. It doesn’t take too long and we’re fairly even, unlike when we used to play Gin, but that’s a different story. The theme is fun, expeditions to Lost Cities in different areas, the jungle, a desert, underwater, the Arctic and a volcanic setting, and the cards are well-done. If you start an expedition, you need to make a fair amount of progress, though, or it could lead to negative points, which add up quickly. I have to admit that I like holding the cards that I know David needs, to, hopefully, make him fail at one of his expeditions. A little back-stabbing can be fun occasionally.
At $20 it’s not too expensive either, and it’s easy to take places. We always pack it when we’re staying in a hotel out of town, because it’s a nice game to play together after Amber goes to sleep. It’s competetive enough to be interesting, but doesn’t lead to any yelling or grumping.