Tabletop Review: Tsuro – The Game of the Path

Tabletop Review: Tsuro – The Game of the Path

Tsuro-BoxName: Tsuro: The Game of the Path
Publisher: Calliope Games
Players: 2-8
Ages: 8+
Time: >20 minutes

Tsuro – The Game of the Path

“Since time began, the Dragon and the Phoenix have guarded over and guided the intertwining paths of life, maintaining the careful balance between the twin forces of choice and destiny. These two powerful beings share the noble task of overseeing the many roads that lead to divine wisdom. Through its masterful blend of strategy and chance, Tsuro represents the classic quest for enlightenment.” – Official Rule Book

How to Play Tsuro – The Game of the Path


Tiles used to make your path in Tsuro.

Each player begins the game with 3 tiles and they draw a new one at the end of each turn. The board is a simple 6×6 grid with white hashmarks on the side, and it is placed in the center of the table. Starting with the oldest and continuing clockwise, each player places a tile on the board to align with a hash mark and places their dragon onto it. This marks the beginning of that player’s path. On each player’s second turn, they place another tile that continues their path, being careful not to bump into another player or run themselves off the board. If a player ends up on another player’s path, both players are eliminated. If a player’s path ends up taking them off the board, they are eliminated. Tsuro ends up becoming a game of strategy and sabotage as players have to decide which tiles they can use to extend their own life on the board, while simultaneously blocking off potential paths for competitors in order to force them to eliminate themselves.

Check out this video by the fine folks at Watch It Played.

Our Thoughts on Tsuro

Tsuro is a game that is fast to play and fast to learn. We played with a group consisting of those ages 9 to 54 and everyone had a great time. It’s quick enough to hold the attention of those who may be unfamiliar with tabletop games and the rules are simple enough that even the youngest can understand them easily. While the game may be too simple to hold an entire game night on its own, it makes for a great filler game while waiting for people to show up.  It also works well when rotated in among other quick games such as One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Codenames, or The Resistance for a variety game night.

If Tsuro seems like your sort of game, go watch the video by Watch It Played and check Tsuro: The Game of the Path out on Amazon.

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