★★★★☆ Kahuna; it’s common knowledge, the next best option to visiting tropical islands is building bridges with cards.

Check out this game if: you are looking for a medium to quick 2 player game that is simple to teach but offers unique strategy and an intense ending.

This game stands out because: it’s quick, but just when you think the game is over, you keep building on the progress you’ve made. Also, the game creates fun (or cruel) chain reactions.

It’s fun to plan a move for the second or third leg of the game. This game is also clever because the islands have different numbers of potential bridges which helps create levels of strategy.

Positive:
1. Game is easy to teach, the rules feel intuitive.
2. Watching the cards your opponent picks will give you some idea of their strategy (and the ability to react).
3. Clever graphic design makes the map and cards easy to read.
4. The game almost always builds to an intense ending.
5. Just a solid two player game that should be in every collection (if you like two player games).

Negative:
1. Direct conflict -so be sure your opponent knows not to take it personal.
2. You will need to play all three rounds for this game to shine (it looks like you could play one quick round, don’t).

Brief Overview:
In this game, you and your opponent are vying for control of the pacific islands. To gain control of any island, you need to place the majority of the potential bridges to that island (you can also remove your opponents bridge by playing two cards for that island). If you place the majority of the bridges, you gain control by putting your Kahuna marker on the island and removing any of your opponents bridges from that island (there is where the chain reactions can happen because if removing a players bridge also makes them loose control of other islands they need to remove their markers from those islands too).

This game is played in three rounds. The first round scores one point, the second scores two points, and the third round scores the difference of the controlled islands. The third round is where this game really gets intense because one player can  loose rounds one and two and still win the game.

Number of Players 2
Age 8+
Time 30 mins
Friendly ★☆☆☆☆
Teachable ★★★★★
Replayability ★★★★☆
Creative Freedom ★★★☆☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★★★
Interaction ★★★★★

Versions:
There is a four player version of this game, but it’s difficult to find and I haven’t played it yet. I will update this if I can play a copy.

Teaching Advice:
Pull the board out first and explain that the cards and map both have yellow and red icons on them to help with orientation (somehow this helps a lot at first).

Then explain how to build a bridge, remove a bridge, and control an island. Once the general rules are understood, explain the chain reactions that can take place and how the three rounds score (be sure to explain that the game continues after scoring and bridges are not removed).

Link to Video Tutorial.

Link to Kahuna on Amazon.

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