|★★★ 2018 Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year) Winner ★★★
★★★ 2018 As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année (French Game of the Year) Winner ★★★
★★★ 2018 Mensa Select Winner ★★★
★★★ 2018 Origins Awards Best Family Game Winner ★★★
★★★ 2018 Deutscher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game Winner ★★★
Introduced by the Moors, “azulejos” (originally white and blue ceramic tiles) were fully embraced by the Portuguese, when their King Manuel I, on a visit to the Alhambra palace in Southern Spain, was mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the Moorish decorative tiles. The king, awestruck by the interior beauty of the Alhambra, immediately ordered that his own palace in Portugal be decorated with similar wall tiles.
Azul was designed by the world famous, award winning game author Michael Kiesling. Azul captures the beautiful aesthetics of Moorish art in a contemporary board game. Players compete as artisans decorating the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora. By carefully drafting the correct quantity and style of tiles, the most clever of artisans plan ahead to maximize the beauty of their work (not to mention their scores!) while ensuring they wasted no supplies in the process.
Azul is suited for 2 – 4 artisans, ages 8+. While the actual decoration of the Royal Palace of Evora took many years, we expect a game of Azul to last 30 – 45 minutes.