Board game reviews, strategy tips & session reports
No. of players: 2-4
Amount of time to play: 20 min
Age requirements: 8+
Set-up time: minimal
Treehouse is an abstract strategy game that is portable, quick and has lots of variation.
Treehouse is a game with 15 pyramids. Three in five colors with each color having three sizes.
You win the game by matching the layout of one set of pyramids called the house. There is a special die that has the following actions on it: Aim, Dig, Hop, Tip, Swap, Wild. These let you manipulate your pyramids. If you are unable to change you pyramids you may alter the house.
There are also rules for a game called Pharaoh. In it you must move you three pyramids to gain control of the center of a 5×5 board. Your three pyramids start on one edge of the board. You roll one six-sided die to determine how you may move. Your large pyramid costs three to move, your medium one cost two and the small one costs just one. If you land on your opponent’s pyramid that is the same size or smaller than yours you knock it back off the board. If your pyramid is smaller than you cannot move onto the space.
Treehouse comes with two fun abstract strategy games and there are even more you can find online. The portability and ease of play make this great to carry around and introduce to most anyone.
The components are good and like I said super portable. The rules are well-written and fit easily into the bag with the cool translucent pyramids.
I have to say I enjoy Pharaoh over Treehouse. It is a bit more strategic and I can even play it with my young son.
If you like abstract strategy games and are looking for a quick one that is easy to play and teach you should tryout Treehouse. The portability and additional games that can be played with them just add to this game’s appeal.
Score and synopsis: (Click here for an explanation of these review categories.)
Strategy 3 out of 6 (depending on the game you play)
Luck 4 out of 6
Player Interaction 3 out of 6
Replay Value 4 out of 6 (if you find more pyramid games you like)
Complexity 2 out of 6
Fun 4 out of 6
Overall 4 out of 6