Rival Crews – Review of Professor Treasure’s Secret Sky Castle
Professor Treasures Secret Sky Castle
Treasure… every adventurer’s pot of gold, and every adventurer’s needle in a haystack. Unlike the needle though there is often a lot of competition for treasure. So when you heard about an abandoned castle bursting at the seams with treasure, you knew you probably wouldn’t be the only one looking in this particular haystack.
- # of Players: 2
- Playtime: about 20-30 Mins
- Ages: 10+
- Designer: Jason D Kingsley
- Publisher: Level 99 Games
- Engagment - 7.5/107.5/10
- Replayablity - 8/108/10
- Overall Fun - 7.5/107.5/10
- Bang For Your Buck - 8/108/10
User Review( vote)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this game to review.
Professor Treasures Secret Sky Castle (Sky Castle) is a two-player puzzle/strategy tile game that pits you against a rival treasure hunting crew. The object is to have the crew with the most treasure at the end of the game… of course, it stands to reason that you will be doing whatever it takes to prevent your opponent from doing the same. That means Blocking, outmaneuvering, and outright stealing from your opponent. Don’t worry though, they will be doing the same to you.
What I Liked
- The game is heavy on strategy. You have to pay attention to every card.
- While the game involves rival treasure hunting crews, the game is non-violent.
The Roles Phase of Professor Treasure’s Secret Sky Castle is all about trying to position your crew in such a way that you collect the most treasure in a given round. This phase is the bulk of the gameplay in Sky Castle.
Each crewmember has a special ability that makes them suited to either acquire a piece of treasure, like the Scout OR to prevent your opponent from getting a piece of treasure, the T
During the Castle Phase you and your opponent are using your placed crewmembers to gather the treasures in the castle. This is where you execute your plan and find out who has the better strategy. This phase doesn’t take long, but you will probably have to make some changes to your plans as you and your opponent activate your crewmembers. For instance, if your opponent uses his Jeweler to take a tile you planned to take, you will have to take another tile. If you can.
Keys, Chests, and Artifacts…
There are two ways to get treasure in Sky Castle: Chests and Artifacts. Chests give you a set amount of treasure when you acquire them… But… you have to have the right number of keys to pick up a chest. That can be a problem if there are not many keys on the board, or if your opponent has gathered up the available keys.
A Bad Deal…
If you don’t have the keys to pick up a chest, because of poor planning or an opponent’s clever use of a crewmember, you do have an option: Skeleton Keys. You can purchase one of these keys to help open one chest, However, I have never seen a situation where it is worth the cost associated with a skeleton key. The first drawback is that you can only use each skeleton key once. The second, much worse, drawback is that every skeleton key you take after the first costs you one treasure point more than the last one. So, if you take four skeleton keys, and open a four key chest that is worth 15 treasure you are only getting 9 points. If you later take two more Skeleton Keys, you have lost all 15 points that you gained from the 15-point chest. The only time this would be a good deal is if you desperately needed a handful of points to win, and the cost for the keys was less than you needed.
Better Than Gold…
The alternative is Artifacts. These have some advantages over chests and few disadvantages. First
Professor Treasure’s Secret Sky Castle is a simple strategy/puzzle game that easy to learn, moves at a fairly quick pace, and is a blast to play. The one drawback that I found is the number of players. Sky Castle is a two player game, so it isn’t really suitable for a family game night or a typical group night. However, for a casual “date night” game, or a quick strategy fix it is a gamers pot of gold.