Prehistories is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players lasting about 30 minutes.
The game takes place in prehistoric times. You are at the head of a tribe, and you will send your hunters after different types of animals. On their return, you will be able to illustrate their victories by painting murals in your cave while respecting the instructions given by the elders.
The first to fulfill the wishes of the elders wins the game!
What I found helpful is that the languages have been separated in different booklets.
There is nothing more annoying than having to leaf through a big 30-page rulebook containing 4-5 different languages.
As for Prehistories, the game comes with 2 rulebooks, one in French, the other in English.
The rules of the game fit in only 8 pages! If we ignore the description of the objective cards and the setting up, we can even say that the explanation of the game fits in 4 pages.
The whole set of explanations is well organized, the examples are very clear. At a glance, we understand how the actions available to us actually work.
Many notes in yellow boxes provide a little more clarity, and a better understanding of the examples.
In addition, we have 2 pages of explanations about the objective maps. We can see that the editor has tried to add as many examples as possible to improve the comprehension of some of the cards.
The end of the game comes as soon as a player has spent his 8th and last totem token, by placing it on the Objective cards or on the board.
Each available space on the board is covered with the corresponding tile. Finally, we draw 3 cards from our deck. And we’re ready to play!
The game will be played in 3 phases:
It’s all well and good, but what do I do with these totem tokens?
As soon as you have fulfilled the request of the Elders on an objective, you can place the number of totem tokens indicated on the objective card, knowing that the first player to fulfill the objective will place more tokens.
The game is a bit of a race. Ideally, you have to be the first player to go hunting to hope to spend your 8 totem tokens by achieving objectives and have a wider choice of tiles.
But on the other hand, you have to be careful with your cards to avoid running out of hunters.
So, will you do an “all-in” to try to be the first to play and fight a legendary animal that requires a minimum score of 13?
Don’t expect to fully complete your cave board. It’s a game that is played in about 30 minutes and victory arrives long before you’ve been able to cover your entire cave with frescoes.
The game is sometimes a bit of a puzzle with its polyominoes that will give you a hard time achieving some objectives.
In my opinion, Prehistories is a good game, easy to play, easy to organize and easy to understand. .
It has a good depth of play, and requires a bit of thinking.
Nevertheless, I regret that the game runs at a crazy speed, the fault lies with the 8 poor little totem tokens and some objectives that are very quickly achieved.