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Azul Board Game Rules And How To Play

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Age Range: 12+

Number of Players: 2-4

Who created the Azul Board Game?

In 2017, Michael Kiesling designed and published Azul, an abstract strategy board game for two to four players, under the publishing imprint Plan B Games. Azul is based on azulejos, a type of Portuguese tile. Players gather sets of tiles that have the same color and place them on their game board. Fun fact: Azul means blue in Portuguese.

To earn points, a tile must be placed in the right-hand square pattern, where it will be placed as it relates to other tiles. This is done when a row is full.

Azul Board Game is a quick, simple strategy game for two to four players of all ages and a fantastic family game. The game’s objective is to strategically place tiles on your side and complete secret objectives to collect as many points as possible before the grid has no more tiles left or one player manages to form a line that ends with their own space.

Photo Credit: Bestboardgames.co
Photo Credit: Bestboardgames.co
Photo Credit: Bestboardgames.co

What Is the Azul Game?

Azul is a pattern-matching game of eye-catching colors which is somewhat challenging to learn. It’s a well-designed game for many reasons. Its educational qualities make it ideal for teaching children logic skills.

What’s with the Azul Tiles?

Azul Board Game comes complete 100 tiles, 20 of each color. Azul also comes with an instruction booklet for guidance on playing. You won’t need any other materials besides these tiles and game pieces. to play the game.

How Do You Play Azul Step by Step?

Step One

– First, decide who will be the first “player”. 

The first player takes a tile from the pile and places it on an empty space on their side. They then take another turn until they have no more tiles left to play, or if they place a tile that completes an entire line in their color. If this happens, any other player in the game will be given an additional turn to complete their line.

Step Two

– The second player takes a tile from the pile and places it on any empty space on their side. BUT if they place one that completes a line with tiles in both colors, all other players get an extra turn!  This is called “setting the trap.”

Step Three

– The game is over when the board runs out of tiles, or if one player manages to form a line that ends in their own space. This will give them an extra point for each tile in the line. Winning doesn’t just happen by chance. Players have to think strategically about how they play each round.

The beauty of Azul is that you don’t need to be an expert strategist to play it. In fact, most people are surprised at how easy it is to win.

In the Azul Board Game, you’ll have to think carefully about how and where to place your tiles. It’s not just enough to create lines of your color. You’ll also need to think about how those lines will affect your opponents. 

Like with any other game, Azul Board Game comes with its own set of rules. Let’s have a look at them!

Who Starts the Next Round in Azul?

The ‘winner’ starts the next round in Azul. They start by taking a tile from the pile and placing it on an empty space on their side. The game continues until someone has no more tiles left to play, or if they place a tile that completes an entire line in their color. If this happens, any other player who is still playing will be given an additional turn to complete their lines.

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Photo Credit: Bestboardgames.co

How Do You Score ?

To score the game Azul, you will need to have a look over the following-

  • If only one player has completed a line, then they will score ten points.
  • If both players manage to complete lines by the end of the game, then each player gets five points for each tile along their line. 
  • If one player manages to create two separate lines with tiles in both colors, then they will score fifteen points for the first line and ten for the second one.
  • If a player manages to complete three separate lines with tiles in both colors, then they score twenty-five points. 
  • If no players manage to form any lines by themselves, then there is no winner or loser!

The game is over when the board runs out of tiles or if one player manages to form a line that ends in their own space. This will give them an extra point for each tile in the line.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Happens if You Tie in Azul?

If you tie in Azul, the player with the most tiles on their side of the board will be considered to have won. If there’s a tie in this category, then both players are deemed to be winners. They share the glory!

Can You Split Tiles in Azul?

No, you cannot split tiles in Azul.

Can I Play on My Opponent’s Side of the Board?

You can only place a tile that completes an entire line of your color if there is no other empty space available. This means both players’ sides will end up being uneven! This helps if both players have a color of tiles they’re trying to avoid.

Can I Play the Same Tile Twice in Azul?

No, you can’t place the same tile on your side more than once.

What if There Are No Empty Spaces Left for Me to Put My Tiles?

If this happens, then all other players will be given an additional turn. This is called “setting the trap.”

When Does a Player Get Points in Azul?

Players score points when they create lines of their color and complete them and if they set traps for other competing players. This can sometimes outweigh any other way from winning. 

How Do You Win at Azul?

The first player starts the next round in Azul. They start by taking a tile from their player board, which they will place on the table in a space that doesn’t already have any tiles.

The second player then takes their turn. They place one of their available tiles from their hand onto the next empty spot at this new tile placement location. If there are no open spots left, take your turn again by drawing one more tile from the player board. You’ll continue to take turns this way until someone has “closed” a row of tiles by placing their tile so that no more can be added on the next go-round, accomplishing Azul Board Game!

What Are Some Strategies for Playing?

Some people prefer to play with one color, while others like mixing colors. Some players place tiles to create a continuous line of their color, while others try to block out other colors.

What Is the Reward for Closing Rows in Azul?

When you complete an entire row by placing one tile on top of another next go-round, you’ll score points! You get more points if your rows are more complete. You can also score points by completing a longer row that spans two different colors of tiles, like white and red, for example.

Do You Need to Use All Your Pieces in Azul?

No! When the tile-drawing pool is exhausted at any time during gameplay, discard the player board’s remaining tiles and restart the game with a new player board.

What Happens if You Run Out of Tiles in Azul?

The game ends when no more tile pieces are left, either within the player board or on top. If someone has completed their row during this time, they will score points for these sets and have one less piece to worry about.

If a round is not completed, discard the remaining player board tiles and restart the game with a new tile.

How Long Does Azul Take to Play?

Azul Board Game for two players will usually last around 30 minutes. You can increase the game’s difficulty by playing with more than one player. This would extend the gameplay time between 45-90 minutes. The instruction booklet will guide you on how to set up the game for two players.

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Professional Tips:

 To help you win this game;

  • Try and understand your opponents
  • Know how many strategies your opponent might use to win.
  • Have a backup plan in case they change their strategy mid-game. You can use different strategies to win this game. If your opponent likes to take odd numbers of pieces, you could either set up your board in an uneven pattern or try removing their pieces from the board by placing them on top of another piece they’ve already placed.
  • If your opponent always tries to fill in the gaps to make a straight line, you could place your pieces all around those blank spots. This will force other players to take turns filling in these gaps. If someone sets up an odd-shaped gap that you can’t fill, drag another tile color through it to block them out.

Azul is a great modern board game for both beginners and experienced players. It’s easy to learn once you get the hang of it and the tiles provide a tactile sensory experience to learning which appeals to kids. There is so much depth that you can play the same game many times and never have the same experience. I Love how engaging it is to teach this game and play it on different occasions with family or friends.

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