Kahuna (Pre-Order) [Board Game]
Designer: Günter Cornett
Artist: Grafik Studio Krüger,Michaela Kienle,Anke Pohl,Thilo Rick,Claus Stephan
Year Published: 1998
Number of Players: 2 players
Playing Time: 30 - 40 minutes
Recommended Ages: 10+
Categories: Abstract Strategy
Mechanics: Area Control / Area Influence, Card Drafting, Hand Management, Route/Network Building, Take That
Originally published in 1997 as Arabana-Ikibiti by the designer's own publisher Bambus Spieleverlag, then reprinted by Funagain in the U.S., Kosmos' Kahuna – part of its Kosmos two-player series – is the best known implementation of this design.
It's a two-player game, played on a board depicting twelve islands. Players use cards to place bridges between these islands or remove opponent's bridges. If you get the majority of bridges around an island, you place one of your marker stones on it and also remove any of your opponent's bridges to that island – which might cause them to lose a bridge majority on an adjacent island and lose a marker stone there.
The game is played in three rounds. A round ends when all cards from the face down deck and the three face up cards have been taken. Then points are scored for the islands with a marker stone on them. The game can also end sooner when one player has absolutely NO bridges left on the board.
The Kosmos edition has excellent graphics and nice wooden pieces and plays very well.
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