Splendor Board Game review

Splendor Game Review

(Ad) Being a game loving family, we have collected a huge number of them over the years, so it never fails to amaze me that we keep discovering brilliant new ones that are unlike any others we’ve played before. Splendor is a brilliant game as it is relatively simple to learn and yet not very easy to win. It is hard to compare Splendor to any other game we’ve played, you might feel there are vague similarities to Seven Wonders in the illustration syle and in that you have to accrue resources, but the game play is far less complicated. Here is my review:

How to Play Splendor

Splendor in play
Game at play with cards, tiles and tokens laid out on the table

Splendor is essentially a card game with a range of beautifully illustrated cards, tiles and tokens. It is set in the Renaissance and each player plays the part of a precious gem collecting merchant. Using these gems, players buy prestigious developments to collect points. The winner is the first person to collect 15 points and a visit from a Noble Patron.

At the start of play, the cards are laid on the table in rows and columns and the gem tokens are placed in piles. Depending on the number of players playing, a selection of Noble Patrons are placed in a row along the top of the cards.

Each player has the choice of one of four actions on their round in order to collect gem tokens or development cards. The aim is to use the gems to buy development cards and to collect as many development cards as you can in order to reach a total of 15 points. However, you have to be careful because if there is a tie with an opponent who also has 15 points, then the person with fewer cards is actually the winner!

After a few rounds of this game, we all realised that there is a degree of strategy required in order to achieve a visit from a Noble Patron. Often you could be racing an opponent for a visit from the same Patron without realising it and they get them first (which usually catches me by surprise because my kids seem to get there before me more times than the other way round).

I love the look and feel of the gem tokens and noble tiles as they are robust so they feel that they are well made and will last a long time. I also like that the game box has separate slots for each category of item so the contents are well ordered, the game is easy to set up and is organised neatly when it’s stored.

Our whole family enjoys playing this game, from the 11 year old to the 50 year old and so far the kids seem better at the game than the adults! We highly recommend Splendor for both teenagers and adults.

Contents of Splendor

contents of the game Splendor

The game Splendor contains the following items:

  • 40 tokens consisting of:
    • 7 Emeralds,
    • 7 Sapphires,
    • 7 Rubies,
    • 7 Diamonds,
    • 7 Onyx and
    • 5 Gold joker tokens
  • 90 development cards consisting of:
    • 40 Level 1 cards (green backed)
    • 30 Level 2 cards (gold backed)
    • 20 Level 3 cards (blue backed)
  • 10 Noble Patron tiles

Specs of Splendor

cards and tokens from the Splendor game
Contents of Splendor laid out
  • For 2-4 players
  • Suitable for players aged 10 and up
  • Game play takes approximately 30 minutes

Where to buy your own copy of the Splendor game:

The current RRP for Splendor is £23.99 or €26, however, there may be specials on at the moment! You can buy your own Splendor game here(Please note this is an affiliate link, if you make a purchase I receive a tiny commission at no extra cost to you).


Disclaimer: We were sent a free Splendor board game in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own.

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