Carcassonne Review

"The Winding Road"


Carcassonne is one of my favorite board games so seeing that it was transferred into a digital format I knew I had to check it out. What we get here is the entire core game presented across a beautiful digital board and an experience that truly captures that classic feeling. Within the title you can adjust a number of settings and really play the game how you'd like to. There's a single player quick match where you can adjust difficulty and the number of bots within the game. There are some other minor settings available as well. That's really all there is to the core single player, but the game does also feature an online component.

You do however need an external account to access it which is odd and the Abbot expansion is also hidden behind that. It's not terrible to do, but a questionable choice. What I really disliked was that the Rivers expansion is a really cheap extra, at the price it should have just been included. It's a small piece of the game and really doesn't change things too much, it feels sort of cheap for them to withhold it. For the most part the game runs incredibly well, it's gorgeous in 4k and the animations feel natural to the world. The whole setup for pieces if accurate and there are many options to collect points. The meeples are easy to place along with the tiles, it's simple to see how things can be placed or where they can't be. I would have liked to see the AI be more aggressive at times or play the fields since they largely ignore them.
Carcassonne Screenshot

The Conclusion

Carcassonne is essentially a perfect recreation of the classic tile based game, it emulates it perfectly and adds a digital charm that only a virtual title could present. It's easy to get into, there are enough options for customization and online play for those that want to take on others. The expansions should have honestly just been available, but I'm not going to dock anything due to that. The areas you setup look great, the game is a decent challenge and it makes it easy for me to easily enjoy something I love to play without having to rely on others being locally available.

Carcassonne Review on PC
Review Code provided by TriplePoint PR

Rating Overall: 8.5

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner