Pylos Almost Completes the Set

Pylos Almost Completes the Set

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I can’t believe it’s already been over 2 1/2 years since I found a copy of Quits at our local thrift store. Included in the box was advertising for other Gigamic wooden games that I knew I’d be keeping an eye out for. Sure enough, 15 months later I happened across a like-new copy of Quarto at Goodwill, which quickly made its way into my cart.

Again, the included advertising flyer teased me with another similar wooden game that I needed to complete my collection. It has been another 15 months of searching, but no luck this time. Fortunately our contact at Gigamic found our plight funny (or sad…maybe both) and managed to procure a copy of Pylos for us to add to our collection.  And I can’t wait to show it to you.

Our multi-year wait is over. We finally have our hands on Pylos by Gigamic and can't wait to show it to you. Head on over to see what we thought! - SahmReviews.com

A stunning all-wood abstract game for two players, Pylos requires you to think strategically in more than the standard two dimensions. The goal of the game is rather simple – you and one other opponent take turns to try to be the last to place their colored wooden sphere on the top of the pyramid. It sounds as if the player starting last would simply be the winner (the pyramid contains 30 spheres), but thanks to a simple-to-learn ruleset, it is not that straightforward.

Our multi-year wait is over. We finally have our hands on Pylos by Gigamic and can't wait to show it to you. Head on over to see what we thought! - SahmReviews.com

Sure, the game starts by each person placing one of their pieces somewhere on the base of the pyramid. Pylos includes a high-quality wooden base that not only holds the structure, but also the players’ unused spheres, preventing them from rolling off the playing table. Once each player takes a few turns is where the magic comes in.

Our multi-year wait is over. We finally have our hands on Pylos by Gigamic and can't wait to show it to you. Head on over to see what we thought! - SahmReviews.com

If you are able to complete a square made only of pieces of your color, then you are allowed to remove ANY two spheres of your color from the board and return them to the holding area as long as they aren’t supporting other pieces.

Our multi-year wait is over. We finally have our hands on Pylos by Gigamic and can't wait to show it to you. Head on over to see what we thought! - SahmReviews.com

You can also build upwards by placing yours on top of four other pieces, creating a mini-pyramid. This can be taken from your reserve OR by moving another of your spheres already on the board (and unencumbered) to the new, higher location. This could also create a new square of matching colors that would allow you to remove two pieces as mentioned earlier!

Our multi-year wait is over. We finally have our hands on Pylos by Gigamic and can't wait to show it to you. Head on over to see what we thought! - SahmReviews.com

As you might have guessed, Pylos is all about saving your pieces, not playing them. Each player has exactly 15 spheres, and with only 30 available spots on the board, the player who is able to save theirs longest will no doubt be declared the winner. Expect a round of Pylos to last from five to fifteen minutes, short enough for a best two-out-of-three competition!

You’ll find a couple versions of Pylos on Amazon, including pocket and travel versions. Of course we prefer the full-sized wooden copy for ourselves, and it is regularly available for under $33! Check out the other wooden games in Gigamic’s lineup and watch their Facebook and Twitter timelines to see if they’re about to add any more! We’re very close on completing the collection – don’t be surprised to see something about the last one, Quixo, very soon!

Which of Gigamic’s wooden games appeals to you the most?

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

7 comments on «Pylos Almost Completes the Set»

  1. June S. says:

    (Pylos Almost Completes the Set) I have never heard of this wooden game before, you guys find some really neat games. After reading the review here, it sounds like a game that our family would enjoy playing together.

  2. Mel says:

    Pylos sounds and looks like a really cool game. I have not heard of it until now, certainly something I must purchase to add to our board game collection, pretty neat concept!

  3. Connie says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of this game. I looks like a lot of fun.

  4. That looks like a really fun game. We love playing board games, and I’m always looking for something unique. I have to say this is the most unique one I’ve seen.

  5. Allie D. says:

    Pylos is such a pretty game! I think my husband would enjoy playing this with me. It’s definitely different and would be a nice change from all the card games we always play.

  6. Becky says:

    Quoridor actually looks like fun and would be a better game for our family. I love how Gigamic’s games are all wooden and so pretty too!

  7. Brad R says:

    These games would make great office desk accessories. Games that look like wooden art decor. I currently have Rubiks cubes and Marble mazes so these would be great. Thanks for the review and share.

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