IndigoFall 2012 Games
Indigo is a beautifully crafted strategy game distributed by Ravensburger. The game board, pieces, and tiles are all artistic and well-designed. It has a straightforward, simple and aesthetic appeal.
The object of Indigo is to collect the most points, which are amassed by winning gemstones. The different gems - emeralds, sapphire, and ambers - have different point values. Ambers are 1 point, emeralds are 2, and the lone sapphire is 3. The gems are placed in the middle and around the perimeter of the game board, and players collect them by placing hexagonal tiles on the board to create paths. Players move the gems along these strategic paths toward "ports" (exit areas) of the board that are marked by their tokens.
Players take turns placing tiles and a player can circumvent another player's path with a well-placed tile. The more tile cards that are played, the more interesting the play gets. Losing just one gem can cost a player the game.
Our 11 and 13-year-old testers enjoyed playing Indigo with each other, and there's an added level of strategy that comes with three or four players, which we enjoyed. It's a quick game to learn, yet still challenging, and the more you play the more intriguing it is.