Gaia Project Review

Summary:

Players: 1-5

Ages: 12+

Game play: 60 – 150 mins

Gaia Project is a beautiful and complex strategy game from the makers of the very successful Terra Mystica. Based in outer space, each player chooses a faction or race, with the aim of colonizing the galaxy by developing their race across a range of metrics, including terraforming, navigation, economy, artificial intelligence and research.  

Gaia Project is a beautiful and complex strategy game from the makers of the very successful Terra Mystica. Based in outer space, each player chooses a faction or race, with the aim of colonizing the galaxy by developing their race across a range of metrics, including terraforming, navigation, economy, artificial intelligence and research.  

Claim new planets and unlock powerful abilities help grow your empire, each faction has its own unique skills that need to be leveraged in order to collect the most victory points and achieve interstellar domination.

Users and experts agree that the multi-component board structure along with the varying factions make the depth of this game very impressive and give it great replay value. It is also one of the few complex strategy board games that works well with 2 players.

Pros:

  • Incredible replay value
  • Randomised board structure
  • Good run-time
  • Very deep and complex
  • Great for 2-5 players

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Plastic pieces feel a bit cheap
  • Space theme not for everyone

What users say about Gaia Project:

The overall opinion of Gaia Project is extremely positive, with users praising the progression this game represents from its predecessor, with most who have played both Terra Mystica and Gaia Project saying they would opt for the latter if they were new to the games.

People love the fact that it takes a very long time to master. This, along with the fact that every game is so different thanks to the multi-component board structure, mean that one of the commonly praised features is its replay value. The asymmetry of the factions each player controls also adds to the variety between games.

Those who are not big fans of this game criticise the complexity and how long it may take some people to learn. Others are not fans of the space theme.

What experts say about Gaia Project:

The general consensus is overwhelmingly positive for the Gaia Project, with experts thinking it improves on Terra Mystica in most (but not all) areas of gameplay.

Experts love that the multi sector board means no setup is ever the same, making every game randomised and different. The board was also praised for being customisable based on player count, making it a great game for 2 and 5 players alike.

Experts think the in-game scoring metrics are great and the run-time of the game is spot on, especially when compared to the lengthy game times of its predecessor.

Criticisms include the somewhat cheap feel of the pieces, the theme, and its price tag.

Expert reviews:

https://youtu.be/_8HnXCbkL-4

https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/review-gaia-project/

https://www.boardgamequest.com/gaia-project-review/

https://www.theologyofgames.com/theology-of-games/2018/4/5/the-stars-our-destination-a-double-take-review-of-gaia-project

https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/board-games/news/terra-mystica-takes-to-the-stars-in-sci-fi-sequel-gaia-project

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