Tajuto Review: Spirituality and Meditation

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Building Tajuto and reaching a high level of spirituality has never been easier, find out in this review

Tajuto is a management board game, created by game designer Reiner Knizia and distributed in Spain by GateOnGames. In this game we have to impersonate a Buddhist monk, whose aim is to build eight Tajuto (pagodas) and reach the highest level of spirituality to receive the title of Great Guardian of the Sacred Garden of the Eight Pagodas and becoming the protector of pilgrims.



Components | Tajuto Review

Opening the box we find:

  1. the game board
  2. 1 cloth bag in which the pieces of the pagodas are to be placed. There are 8 pagodas in all and they are of different colors, each one consisting of six floors.
  3. 4 Monk tokens of 4 different colors
  4. 12 Action tiles (3 for each player)
  5. 32 Offer cubes (4 for each pagoda)
  6. 15 Wisdom tiles
  7. 4 Transcendence tiles (2 market and 2 sanctuary)
  8. 6 Additional Action tiles (3 pairs, each with a lower and a higher value)
  9. 8 Objective weaves
  10. 8 Inauguration tiles (one per pagoda)

Objective and preparation | Tajuto Review

The objective of the game is to get to the end of the game with more Spirituality Points than the other players.

Preparation

First of all place the game board in the center of the table and put all the pieces of the pagodas in the cotton bag. Each player chooses a color, places their own Monaco on number 0 of the Path of Meditation and places the 3 Action tiles of their color and the 8 cubes Offer (1 for each pagoda). We must then place the weave Wisdom in the upper part of the Village and the Goal tiles at the bottom. Finally, the Inauguration cards in the special spaces near the stations where the pagodas will be built.



Let's start playing! | Tajuto Review

The shifts are all held clockwise. During your turn you can do some actions, the first is usually free while the others are paid with Spirituality Points.

Basic actions

  1. Draw a pagoda floor: the pagoda top is drawn from the cotton bag. We must be guided by touch to understand if it is the plan to be fished without looking, so what is it for us, as regards the color we must hope to be lucky enough to catch the right one.
  2. Submit an offer: we have to place one of the 8 cubes on the top floor of the pagoda, the color must be the same. Only one offer can be made for each pagoda. The offer allows us to receive Meditation Points, so after doing this action we must advance our Monk on the Path of Meditation by 2 spaces + the number of floors of the pagoda on which the offer was made.
  3. Get a card: you can only get the tiles that have the Meditation Points in the upper left corner, this allows you to buy the tiles. No you can buy them the Objective tiles, these must be earned. The tiles that you can get them they are those placed in the upper part of the Village (Wisdom, Transcendence or Additional Action) or one of the Inauguration tiles found in the Sacred Garden. The tiles we get make us advance faster in the construction and / or get the Spirituality Points, but when we pay them we also lose Meditation Points and we must therefore move our Monk back on the Path of Meditation by the number of spaces equal to the cost of the weave.

Additional actions 

During one's turn, two other types of actions can also be performed one or more times:



  1. Building a pagoda plan: Any number of pagoda floors may be built at any time during your turn. During the course of the game you can build all 8 pagodas, but the game ends immediately as soon as 4 are built.
  2. Claiming a goal: during your turn you can claim one or more Objectives, but only if the requirements are met. The completed Objective tile is put together with the rest of the tiles that give the player Spirituality Points.

End of the game

The game ends immediately when the fourth pagoda is completed. The player who finished the fourth pagoda must claim the Final Objective tile Inaugurating the fourth pagoda, while the player who has the Monk pawn ahead of the others in the Path of Meditation must claim the Final Objective tile Highest Number of Meditation Points, in this case if there is a tie this Objective card cannot be claimed by anyone.


I calculate spirituality points

All players reveal their Wisdom, Objective, Shrine and Inauguration tiles that correspond to a pagoda that has been finished and add up the points of their tiles + the bonuses of the Shrine tiles. Vince who has reached the highest number of Spirituality Points.


Conclusion

With Tajuto we have an excellent quality / price ratio, the components are made of excellent materials that can last over time even with prolonged use of the game. The duration of a game is optimal and the game is quite fluid and there is no risk of getting bored, the rules are also simple to learn and keep in mind. If you want to give more sprint to the games it is advisable to play with 3 or 4 players, in two in the long run it could be a little flat.

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Technical details

  • Name: Conscious
  • Author: Reiner knizia
  • Publishing house: jumbo
  • Spanish Distribution: GateOnGames
  • Players: 2-4
  • Age: 10+
  • Duration: 45 / 60 minutes
  • Price: 44,99€
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Points in favor

  • Beautiful components and with excellent materials
  • Excellent value for money
  • Simple rules

Points against

  • In two it does not give the best of itself, better to play with 3 or 4 players
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