The game is played in two phases. In the first half, you place your Settler tokens into lines scoring points for different patterns of play. At the end of this first half, you place Village bases on islands you have explored ready for phase two. Between phases, you remove and score your existing Settler tiles for the longest lines and linking islands. In the second half, you repeat the process but have to start your exploration from villages you have already established.
As you progress, you soon realise that to score the most points it's essential to block other players as well as focus on the expansion of your own lines. Add to this points for collecting resources, and the two-phased approach and you have to really think about what you will prioritise, and when, as you just can't do it all at once. Like all good games, this is a game of two halves. A good first half sets you up well for victory, but there is always time to come back and snatch victory with clever play in the second phase - ensuring that no one is ever out of the game until the last tile is played.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Blue Lagoon 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.
This game is good if you want to:
7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be robust enough to deal with having their space blocked and their plans thwarted. They also need to have a good understanding of how the two halves of the game work together.