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Azul

Azul is a tile drafting and placement game where players compete to create the most beautiful and efficient tile mosaic on their personal board. Points are earned for completing rows, columns, and sets of tiles.

7.76 / 10
BGG Rating
8+
age
2017
published year
2 - 4
player count
2 - 4
Recommended player count
30 - 45 mins
play time

How Complex is Azul?

1.76 / 5

Azul has simple rules and can be learned quickly, but requires strategic planning and tile management to master.

How much Luck is involved in the gameplay of Azul?

2.5 / 5

Luck plays a minor role in Azul as players have control over which tiles they draft and where they place them, but the randomness of tile draws can impact strategy.

How much Player Interaction does Azul offer?

2 / 5

Azul has limited player interaction as players draft tiles from a common pool, but can block opponents from taking specific tiles. There is no direct conflict or negotiation.

How much Replayability does Azul offer?

4 / 5

Azul offers high replayability due to the random tile draws and the different strategies players can employ to create their mosaic.

Why you should play Azul

Easy to Learn

Azul is a relatively simple game to learn, with straightforward rules and mechanics. This makes it a great choice for both experienced and new players.

Beautiful Components

The game features stunning, high-quality components, including colorful tiles and a beautiful game board. This makes it a visually appealing game to play.

Strategic Gameplay

Despite its simplicity, Azul offers a lot of strategic depth. Players must carefully plan their moves and anticipate their opponents' actions to succeed.

Quick Gameplay

A typical game of Azul takes around 30-45 minutes to play, making it a great choice for a quick game night or as a filler game between longer games.

Replayability

The game offers a lot of replayability, with different tile patterns and player strategies leading to different outcomes each time you play. This means you can enjoy the game multiple times without it becoming stale.

Why you should avoid Azul

Limited Player Interaction

While Azul is a fun and strategic game, it doesn't offer a lot of player interaction. Players are mostly focused on their own board and tiles, with limited opportunities to directly affect their opponents' gameplay.

Lack of Theme

Azul doesn't have a strong theme or narrative, which may be a turn-off for some players who prefer games with a more immersive storyline.

Limited Variability

While the game offers some replayability, the tile patterns and gameplay mechanics remain relatively consistent from game to game. This may make the game feel repetitive after multiple plays.

Where to play Azul online?

Where to find the Rules of Azul

Check the rules of Azul in a PDF file.

You can also find the community-driven rules summary, player aid, etc., in the Azul files section on the BoardGameGeek website. You need an account on BGG to download files.

Beginner Strategies for Azul

These strategies are for players who have either not played or played one or two games of Azul.

Plan ahead

Before you start placing tiles on your board, take a moment to look at the pattern you want to create. Try to plan ahead and think about which tiles you will need to complete your pattern.

Focus on completing rows and columns

Completing a row or column will give you bonus points, so try to focus on completing these as much as possible.

Be mindful of the end game

The game ends when one player completes a row or column with all five tiles. Keep this in mind and try to plan accordingly.

Don't be afraid to take risks

Sometimes taking a risk can pay off big time. If you see an opportunity to score a lot of points by taking a certain tile, don't be afraid to go for it. Just make sure you're not risking too much and losing points in the process.

I hope these strategies help you in your first game of Azul!

Advanced Strategies for Azul

Be flexible

While it's important to have a plan, don't be afraid to adjust your strategy if necessary. If you see an opportunity to score more points by changing your pattern, go for it.

Pay attention to the tiles left in the bag

As the game progresses, it's important to keep an eye on the tiles left in the bag. If you notice that there are a lot of tiles of a certain color left, it might be a good idea to start collecting those tiles to prevent your opponents from getting them.

Use the first-player marker to your advantage

The first-player marker can be a powerful tool if used correctly. Try to time your turns so that you can take advantage of being the first player and get the tiles you need before your opponents.

Don't forget about the negative points

It's easy to get caught up in trying to score as many points as possible, but don't forget about the negative points. If you have too many tiles left over at the end of a round, you'll lose points, so try to avoid this by planning ahead.

Be mindful of your opponents' patterns

Pay attention to what patterns your opponents are trying to create and try to disrupt them if possible. This can be especially effective if you notice that they're close to completing a row or column.

Mechanics

Tile Placement
Set Collection
Open Drafting
Pattern Building
Turn Order: Claim Action
End Game Bonuses

Categories

Abstract Strategy
Puzzle
Renaissance