The OFFICIAL digital adaptation of the best-selling board game.
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Mostly Positive (32 reviews) - 71% of the 32 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 17, 2015

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About This Game

The OFFICIAL digital adaptation of the best-selling board game Splendor. The goal of the game is to build the most impressive jewel trade and become the best-known merchant in the world. The player with the most prestige points wins the game.

Splendor is an addictive strategy turn-based card game, where players assume the role of wealthy Renaissance merchants, exploiting mines and caravans, hiring craftsmen and leveraging their influence with the nobility. The goal is to get the biggest gem network and become the most influential merchant.

Splendor recreates the exact look and feel of the best-selling board game Splendor which is a global hit, selling more than 200,000 copies in 30 countries and winning numerous awards (Golden Geek 2014 Board Game, Family Game of the Year, Origins Game of the Year, 2014 Meeples Choice).


Main features:

  • Official adaptation of the board game created by Space Cowboys.
  • Fast and easy to learn, yet hard to master.
  • Lavish graphics, true to the original game.
  • Solo mode and Pass-and-play mode, 2 to 4 players.
  • New game mode: scenario-based “Challenges” to learn advanced techniques or just have fun with rules tweaks. Historically-accurate background stories for Challenges set in the 15th to 16th century period.
  • Multiple types of Artificial Intelligence, based on unique strategy behaviors instead of difficulty.
  • Excellent interactive tutorial to teach the game and digital interface.
  • 3D responsive design, adapts to any large or small display.
  • Achievements board.
  • Worldwide leaderboards by connecting with a Days of Wonder account.
  • “Renaissance” graphical and musical ambiance.

Splendor introduces a special game mode, called Challenges. Challenges are like chess puzzles. They put the player in a preset situation and challenge him or her to achieve a specific goal. The goal could be a number of points to earn, or a special card or combination to collect. Some goals need to be accomplished in a limited number of turns or in a limited time. Some goals could be trying to stick to an ideal path.
Challenges are delivered in packs of 6. Each pack is labelled after a place on the globe: "Madrid", "Sahara", "Istanbul". With the 3 packs included in game, you have 18 challenges to master.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: PIV 2Ghz or more
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Directx 9.0c compatible graphics adapter with 128Mb
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Directx 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or more
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or more
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Directx 9.0c compatible graphics adapter with 256Mb
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Directx 9.0c compatible sound card
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Mostly Positive (32 reviews)
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Drazmierz
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
+ Solid conversion of a wonderful board game
+ Different AI behaviour (opportunistic, balanced, etc.)
+ Enjoyable and not annoying background music
+ Really addictive and rewarding
+ Challenges! (aka puzzle mode)
+ 31 cool achievements (for the achievement hunters ;) )


- You may experience some problems with resolution (changing your resolution helps)
- Some issues with the timer in the Challenge scenarios
- Cheesy font (looks very 90's)
- Some minor spacing issues in the text


Overall: 8/10
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Zalmoksis
( 25.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Contrary to the majority here, I'm rather disappointed. I like the board game. Here however, there's no multiplayer (like in Small World) and the AI is not even slightly challenging. Therefore having played two games, I see little need to play it again. What's more it doesn't even support my graphic mode (1280x1024) and that makes me suspect the developers were rather lazy if not disregarding the user.
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debbiejones179179
( 80.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
I loved playing this game until one week ago I have technical issue and the game will no longer start. I have contacted support which to date has not responded to my repeated requests for help. I have tried reinstalling game which does not help. The error message reads:
From 6001
not enough faction (4) for the number of player selected: 6
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ChaosRunner
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
Until the constant crash issues are fixed, don't spend your money on this game. It will crash every few minutes and will delete your challenge victories. I have to delete files and reinstall the game every time it crashes in order to keep playing it. Not worth my, or your, time and money.
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starbucaneer
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
This is great fun and very relaxing! (and as addictive as Ticket to ride). Bought it today and played it all afternoon. Only stopped because i have to go to work now :-). It has that ""Just one more go quality"" I love. Despite some bad reviews I decided I couldnt resist grabbing it as its on sale. So glad I did.
Now I definitely want the board game!
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Haldurson
( 55.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 27
I never played the board game but I have been a bit curious about it for some time. I'm really glad that I picked up the computer version. The game seems to be one of those elegant games that are easy to learn, but tough to master.

The idea is that you collect gems that you can use to purchase cards. Cards give you bonuses towards purchasing other cards, but also can give you victory points. To be fair to the person who goes last, the game ends at the end of the round whenever a person accumulates 15 victory points.

You also can earn 3 victory points by gaining a noble -- whenever your total bonus matches the numbers on a displayed noble, you earn that noble (assuming no one else has beaten you to him). Earning a noble also gives you a gold gem, which is like a wild card.

The game is certainly casual and light, as strategy games go. But it's fun. If you want a strategy game that you can spend 15 minutes or so playing, to kill some time now and again, but will still satisfy your brain, then I highly recommend it.
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dannorder
( 22.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
Splendor is a European-style card game. It's a pretty good one at that.

Gameplay, to be simple in explaining, is picking the cards and then playing the best you can. All luck is based upon card draw, which is just like having dice (no matter how much European gamers insist otherwise). There's some strategy involved in play, and sometime you have to change it up in challenges. Otherwise it can be kind of the same thing over and over.

There's no online mode to square off against real, live players with different strategies. So you only get AI opponents, and they pick one of three ways to play. That's a minus overall, though to be honest the people who do play these type of games competitvely online tend to be fast, non-talkative and cut throat, which is kind of strange for a game over cards. But the randomness and good AI make up for that limitation.

I got this on a sale price on Steam, but I like this sort of thing and probably would pay full price for it. It's certainly cheaper than really buying the cards and having to convince someone to play. It's easiness and short game play are a plus, and the computer takes care of the card set up and scoring points for you.

All in all, I'd recommend it if it sounds interesting to you and is on any sale, and wholeheatedly even at full price if you're a fan of European-style board games.
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Galdaron XaX
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 25, 2015
I have the game as a boardgame here on my shelf. i loved the game to death but finding someone to play with isn't always easy. Well now it is. Tthis version is true to the real world copy. just add the number of opponents you want and play.
Want to try a new tactic , well now you can. If you like boardgames then this is a must to get.
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Jevous
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 25, 2015
Great digital conversion of the board game. Graphics won't blow you away but the presentation is well done. Extra challenges keeps the game interesting.
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uka7777
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 13, 2015
Another excellent board game from 'Days of Wonder' - the authors of 'Ticket to Ride'.

What I like about 'Splendor' - it is much simpler in rules than other similar games (but not in mastering the play, of course!). And it is very nice to see that one game here can last as little as 5-15 minutes, in difference from 30-40 minutes in most other titles. While there is no online multiplayer yet, there are many 'challenges' for solo play (as well as hotseat 'pass-and-play' multiplayer system).

Definitely recommended to both casual and hardcore board gamers!
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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
Splendor is an excellent adaptation of the board/card game of the same name. The visuals are very nice, the music is appropriately "Renaissance-esque", and the play is fairly fast paced, with a match able to be completed in anywhere from 20-30 minutes, or perhaps a little longer if the players need to think about a particular action. As a game, it's fairly light due to this, what many groups would call a "beer and pretzels" game, something to warm the group up for a proper, all-night kind of board game. Despite that, it remains very fun and entertaining, if a little light.

The downside to this digital version is the poor AI. Once you've wet your feet on them, you're really going to want to move on to multiplayer with your own group. Being only about 30 minutes per match, it's perfect for laughing, chatting, and passing the time until your entire group is on, and players are obviously going to be a much greater challenge. The AI doesn't truly understand how to counter-play an opponent by taking gems he will need in the future, or how to hold on to valuable gems, and generally just goes for the highest point cards they can, when they can, or take "freebie" cards if they're available. Their poor play will leave you itching for a real contest.

The other downside is NO online play, it is against AI or local hotseat only, which I don't feel the need to go into further detail here. TRAGICALLY missed opportunity there.

That aside, everything else about the game is pretty much flawless: if you've played the real card game, the digital version basically just removes all the tedious counting out your gems, depositing them back in the bank, reaching over the table to grab from the gem pile, etc, i.e. the administration stuff, and leaves you with the actual fun part of the game, playing it! And at $5 bucks, it's a steal. No online play means you really don't need to buy copies of it for your friends, since they have to come over to play anyway.

Overall, a great digital adaptation and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something small and light (not to mention light on the bank account!) to fill in time until you can start some heavier gaming for an evening!

TL;DR version:

Visuals: 8/10 - Slick, polished, glittery, and makes you really feel like a Renaissance gem merchant! Wish the card backgrounds had a little more tie-in with their gem bonus, but hey, the actual game has that too.

Sound: 7.5/10 - Fairly generic "card swish" sound when you play cards, or "plinking" sound when you turn in gems. The Renaissance-era music in the background is heavy on the harps and lutes, and it's nice for a while but eventually I turned it off, as it does get to be pretty repetitive after some time.

Mechanics: 9/10 - Works flawlessly without any bugs or glitches, which is of course a bare minimum, and is exactly representative of the real card game. I wish you could turn off the animations though, after a while, the slow-ish speed of the cards moving around gets to be a bit grating, but hey, it could be worse: you could be dealing with your sweaty friend sitting at the table next to you reaching over you to grab cards! That said, the hotseat only nature of it means you may have to deal with your sweaty friend anyway :/

AI: 5/10 - Very poor AI, with them making some plays that left me scratching my head. They don't really watch for their opponents' plays, and instead play pretty much solitaire-ish. This leaves them very open to exploitation by a decent, or even newer player. They will go for nobles, when they have the chance, but don't have much of a game plan past that.


Overall:
Singleplayer: 7.5/10
Multiplayer: 7/10 - The game plays out like the real card game, minus all the real card game fuss and mess. Excellent work here! My only regret is that it is local play ONLY, no online capabilities, which was a real missed opportunity, seriously, what kinds of game DON'T have online play these days?
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
Same Problem here. Just comes up with a black box whicj I cannot close down. Looks like there is some sort of Bug which renders the whole thing unplayable. Days of wonder usually have no problem, but this software just isn't working.

I'm off to report the fault, and I'll let you know if I make any progress.

Update: Fault has been reported and the developer is working on the problem. It seems to be a screen resolution problem. This is the given workaround " lower your screen resolution to 1920x1080, and your game will start."
I can't even get that sort of resolution on my machine, but still the game won't start. I'll keep you informed if I can, but I opted for a refund, and Steam have given me my money back so I can't check if the fix works.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Contrary to the majority here, I'm rather disappointed. I like the board game. Here however, there's no multiplayer (like in Small World) and the AI is not even slightly challenging. Therefore having played two games, I see little need to play it again. What's more it doesn't even support my graphic mode (1280x1024) and that makes me suspect the developers were rather lazy if not disregarding the user.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
55.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
I never played the board game but I have been a bit curious about it for some time. I'm really glad that I picked up the computer version. The game seems to be one of those elegant games that are easy to learn, but tough to master.

The idea is that you collect gems that you can use to purchase cards. Cards give you bonuses towards purchasing other cards, but also can give you victory points. To be fair to the person who goes last, the game ends at the end of the round whenever a person accumulates 15 victory points.

You also can earn 3 victory points by gaining a noble -- whenever your total bonus matches the numbers on a displayed noble, you earn that noble (assuming no one else has beaten you to him). Earning a noble also gives you a gold gem, which is like a wild card.

The game is certainly casual and light, as strategy games go. But it's fun. If you want a strategy game that you can spend 15 minutes or so playing, to kill some time now and again, but will still satisfy your brain, then I highly recommend it.
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
The game does not work. It only presents a black box: http://share.amerine.net/1.1.0-68-STEAM6pynq.png

I would avoid this game until we hear from the developers that it's fixed/working.

There is also a lack of multiplayer, which could/should be a deal killer for lots of folks
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
I'm going to recommend this on the fact that it's a nice relaxing game. A good filler to fall back on when there's nothing much else to play. A little bit of a solitaire feel to it dut to poor AI and no multiplayer. Some fun can be had chasing the achievments.

Biggest problems:

AI is just too easy to beat, not much challenge at all.

No Multiplayer.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
Great game. played it on my 11" windows 10 tablet and works great with my touch screen. I tried fiddling with the resolution but the default one worked best. Excellent representation of the board game and very fun. Another Success Days of Wonder... Thank you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2015
Brilliant board strategy game. One of the best of that type (resources gainer). Balanced, fast, very easy rules.
Dont see at steam rating, yep here no online multiplayer now, but it is in development and AI play very well.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
A visually faithful, if sometimes flawed rendition of Splendor that still delivers a heady fix of strategic card-collecting from the comfort of your PC.

This fairly recent mobile port by developer Days of Wonder is a direct translation of the competitive multiplayer strategy card game from designer Marc André and publisher Space Cowboys.

Players assume the role of Renaissance era merchants as they seek to secure cards that represent the various mines, cargo ships and bazaars responsible for the acquisition and distribution of their valuable gem stones.

The first thing that strikes you about Splendor - other than its rather fantastic artwork - is just how simple it is for a novice to jump into the game. It's fast to learn and the equally swift pace of play gives it an addictive 'one more go' sensation that's hard to resist.

Despite its inherent simplicity, there are some interesting layers of strategy bubbling beneath the surface and although it might take you 5 minutes to pick up the basics, it will likely take another 5 hours before you'll really begin appreciating the most efficient paths towards victory.

Like most "Euro" style board games, Splendor features very rigidly defined mechanics at the expense of theme, but what helps it succeed is the variety of strategies that you employ from session to session.

Specializing in a specific type of gem, or "buying all the greens" for example, could be a legitimate approach should the initial setup feature several high-scoring cards with a suitably steep emerald cost.

Alternatively you might decide to downplay the importance of the expensive tier 3 cards entirely and balance out your purchases as equally as possible in order to attract the lucrative noble cards into your tableau.

It's even possible to play an opportunist role; collecting as many gem and gold tokens as the limit allows whilst waiting for the other players to reveal the cheaper bonus cards that will allow you to maximize your profit margin.

You won't ever get into the feeling of being an actual gem dealer, as Splendor is more a game of numbers than anything else, but the wonderful artwork from artist Pascal Quidault certainly does a good job of making each card evocative of its period setting.

Reputedly inspired by Anglo-saxon artists, Quidault effortlessly breathes life into what could easily have been a very sterile game with his various illustrations of appraisers, expeditions and Renaissance settlements giving the production a certain level of authenticity and class.

Much of what I've said above translates into the Steam version very well. The high definition UI and card graphics successfully remain true to the original game and there's some added value in the form of crafty AI opponents, achievements and a handful of single player challenge packs.

Similar to chess puzzles, the themed challenges in this digital version are an interesting addition that task a player with striving towards a particular goal such as earning a set amount of points in a limited number of turns or collecting a combination of cards without the assistance of added gem tokens.

Whilst the difficult challenges in this sense do provide a satisfyingly "thinky" experience, it has to be said that there's really not enough of them.

The easy challenges by comparison - which sadly represent the bulk of the pack - are too often dull and repetitive affairs that sometimes don't even present you with a failure condition; usually meaning that you simply need to collect points aimlessly until reaching a preset amount.

Some of the nuance in Splendor's flow of play is also lost when playing against AI opponents. I haven't played the original board game itself, but I can easily see the potential that exists for blocking competing players.

This is not a game of direct interaction, but the competition over resources is sorely missed in the digital version as AI players mostly seem to ignore your efforts in favour of building their own point-accumulating engine.

There's no online mutliplayer included in the digital rendition either, although there is a hotseat multiplayer mode for up to four players as well as leaderboards for those players who are willing to register an account at the publisher's website.

Perhaps the most jarring facets of the Steam version though are the rough edges brought about by its port over from mobile devices.

Some of these gripes are minor, like the multiplayer section which is still named "pass and play" (instead of the more traditional "hotseat") and the menu dialog which asks you if you wish to "exit the app" instead of "exit the game".

Other problems are more severe however, like the fuzzy or sometimes missing text on the challenge menus, the overly repetitive music and the lack of difficulty settings for the AI players.

The Steam store page is also inundated with customers reporting crash-to-desktop errors and I can attest to experiencing a dreaded CTD once myself when trying to start a new game from the main menu.

These problems certainly make this Steam version a disappointment at times, but I don't feel that they're serious enough to deter from the strength of the original game's design as it's that strong on the basis of its own merits.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
Great digital conversion of the board game. Graphics won't blow you away but the presentation is well done. Extra challenges keeps the game interesting.
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