Board game reviews, strategy tips & session reports
No. of players: 2-4
Amount of time to play: 30 – 45 min
Age requirements: 8+
Set-up time: 5 minutes
Indigo is a tile-laying game of gem collection. Can you direct the most gems off your section of the board and win the game?
Indigo starts with six yellow gems around the edge of the board, five green gems in the middle and one blue one there too. The gems are worth a different number of points. Your goal is to lay tiles that move the gems off the board in one of your marked sections, called gateways. After all the gems are off the board the game ends and the player with the most points wins.
On your turn you draw a tile and lay it anywhere on the board. If it is adjacent to a gem the gem move a log the path until it reaches the edge of a tile. Play then continues clockwise. The blue gem only comes off the center once all the green gems have been moved. If two gems collide they are both removed from the game.
Your gateways may be shared with another player. If a gem goes off a shared exit both players get a matching gem. Whether you share a gateway with another player depends on the number players.
Yellow gems are worth one point, green are worth two and the blue gem is worth three points. The gems you collect are kept secret. You tally your points once all the gems are off the board and the player with the most points win.
Indigo is a fun, family-friendly board game. Kids and adults can enjoy this game and it is very accessible. It makes a good entry-level tile-laying game.
The components for this game are great. The tiles, chits and art work are all well done. The rules are easy to read and follow.
I like how easy this game is to teach and play. You can explain and begin playing it in just a few minutes. I have played this with gamers and non-gamers. And they all had a fun time.
While not highly strategic game, it helps if you remember what gems other players have collected. This is especially helpful to know where to send gems off the board when others share a gateway with you.
If you are looking for an accessible, introductory tile-laying game, you should pick up Indigo. This game also makes a fun starter game for a game night and is great for kids and families too.
Score and synopsis: (Click here for an explanation of these review categories.)
Strategy 3 out of 6
Luck 4 out of 6
Player Interaction 4 out of 6
Replay Value 4 out of 6
Complexity 3 out of 6
Fun 4 out of 6
Overall 4 out of 6