Somnium: Rise of Laputa Review

Rob Kalajian review, tabletop Leave a Comment

Somnium: Rise of Laputa - Zafty $15
Somnium: Rise of Laputa Review - Cover

Game title: Somnium: Rise of Laputa

Game description: In Somnium: Rise of Laputa, you are a monarch competing for political dominance over a newly discovered floating continent. USe your influence to attract nobility to your cause while also deploying spies, propagandists, and assassins to sabotage your rivals. The first march to reach 20 Influence becomes the sovereign ruler of Laputa.

Overall
3.3
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

A 15 minute game for $15, Somnium: Rise of Laputa is a card game tug of war for 2-4 players. The game revolves around trying to get the most influence by playing Characters and Events to the table. The rules are so simple they fit on a half-sheet of paper and the quick game time allows for multiple plays in one sitting. It seems a bit too simple at first, but card interaction is where things get a bit interesting.

Pros

Light and quick Excellent artwork Easy to follow rules

Cons

Cards are a bit thin Hand size feels limiting

Full Somnium: Rise of Laputa Review

A 15 minute game for $15, Somnium: Rise of Laputa is a card game tug of war for 2-4 players. The game revolves around trying to get the most influence by playing Characters and Events to the table. The rules are so simple they fit on a half-sheet of paper and the quick game time allows for multiple plays in one sitting. It seems a bit too simple at first, but card interaction is where things get a bit interesting.

In Somnium each player gets a hand of 3 cards. Each turn they’ll play a card, resolve any special abilities/text, earn influence based on the card they played, and draw back up to 3 cards. First person to 20 influence wins. The trick here is that if any card is removed from play the amount of influence that card may have provided is then lost. Different card abilities also interact with other cards in various ways, sometimes allowing additional card plays, bonus influence, or other game-altering effects.

Somnium: Rise of Laputa Review - Card Art
Example of some cards

Visually, the game is stunning. Somnium’s artwork is colorful and cohesive, yet unfortunately is printed on some pretty thin cards, so you’ll want to take care of them. All of the iconography is clear and easy to understand. The rule sheet is laid out simply, is easy to read, and provides a clear explanation on how to play.

While Somnium is light and quick, it still provides a good amount of choices to make during play. The hand size of 3 feels a bit limited during play at times, but thankfully games are fast enough where a run of bad draws can quickly be forgotten with some excellent plays in a future play. I’d certainly recommend Rise of Laputa for fans of lighter games or even non-gamers. More experienced gamers may not find much here for them.

A copy of Somnium: Rise of Laputa was purchased for this review.

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