I bought this for my 11 year old brother for Christmas. We just played it for the first time the other day and it was pretty fun. We played the simplified version to get the hang of it. Doesn't last super long, some strategy required. My boyfriend and I (23 & 24) enjoyed playing this game as well, so it does work for different ages.
Coeur d' Alene, ID
My siblings and I played this game over Christmas Break our ages are 22, 21, 20, and 11. It is fun for our little sister to play even though she is so much younger than us. She was able to understand and keep up with the older kids but we were still able to enjoy playing. It is fun for ages 10+. We once played the game 7 times in a row. The game takes a little time to play and learn but after you understand it,it's fun to play!
Kansas City, MO
We played this game over and over during the Christmas break. It was the perfect family game--not too complicated, different each time we played, never repetitive or tedious.
As a novice gamer, I've been a little intimidated trying to find games that are easy to learn yet allow for fun, complex gameplay. That's what I loved most about Monarch: After a few rounds I felt like I could focus solely on strategy. (Though that didn't mean I won all the time - unfortunately.) Monarch is best played with 3 to 4 people, and the goal is to take over the kingdom of Minerva by "earning" your mother's throne. (Think of it as a non-violent revolution.) You do so by managing a commons that consists of villages and farms and by assembling a court. But the game has mechanisms that lets you sabotage opponents or forces you to work together - twists that can create or dissolve allegiances. What you quickly learn about Monarch is that no one strategy always ensures victory - and this ensures that every game (~40 mins with 4 people) is engaging. (It's tough to put away!) I highly recommend it for beginners or experienced gamers.
Los Angeles, CA
I got this from participating in the Kickstarter and this game ROCKS. Strategic, competitive (but not annoyingly so), and gorgeous artwork. It feels classy, not nerdy or kiddy or silly (nothing wrong with those, but you know -- every once in awhile you want to be regal right). And how many board games are there where it's sister vs sister? Love it. I'm getting a couple of these for family Christmas presents, particularly for my sister! It's going to make for a fun Christmas afternoon game time, while the babies are napping. Sisterly sabotage is the new sibling rivalry. Highly recommend.
Los Angeles, CA
This is a fantastic game! Great story, great artwork, stimulating play. Adults and kids alike enjoyed this game NON-STOP over Thanksgiving holiday.
This game is clever and charming. We like the competitive aspects of the game even though we play more co-op games in general -- because it's vicious or cut throat. Monarch is rich and success in the game can swing from player to player until the end. We've played it as a family and the teens have played it on their own as well. I love the artwork. The strategy is easy to learn even for non-gamers, but the randomization of the cards and the banner strategies make a different play experience each time. I have yet to tire of it. I think its a great Christmas idea.
My brother participated in the Monarch kickstarter and I played it with him and his daughters after they received their game. Good variety in strategies. Great story line for kids, especially girls. Purchased the game for my own daughter. Rule your kingdom like a girl/boss!
Monarch is a wonderful new strategy game that I found is enjoyed just as much whether with 2 or 4 players. The games can be quick or long, with many variables changing making each game you play something different. With multiple levels of scoring bonuses, it creates a challenge keeping track of your opponents position. I liked this because it forces you to think harder and pay attention to every detail in order to win. Definitely a game I will be playing again and again.