Amyitis is a strategic board game that transports players back to ancient Babylon, where they compete as rival architects to gain prestige by contributing to the construction of one of the ancient world’s most magnificent wonders: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Inspired by the historical tale of Amytis of Media, whose longing for the green landscapes of her homeland led to the creation of the gardens, players engage in a nuanced game of resource management, trade, and strategic planning.

Gameplay Overview

  • Pursuit of Prestige: Players take on the roles of noble Babylonians, each aiming to elevate their status by meticulously constructing gardens, expanding irrigation networks, engaging in trade, and recruiting valuable craftsmen.
  • Building and Irrigation: The core of the game revolves around the careful planning and execution of garden construction and irrigation, which are key to earning prestige points.
  • Craftsmen and Trade: Players can recruit craftsmen, each offering unique abilities that assist in various aspects of the game, such as temple influence, resource acquisition, and caravan movement. Trading with ancient cities further diversifies the strategic options available.
  • Strategic Actions: On their turn, players choose between recruiting a craftsman, moving the caravan for trading purposes, or passing to potentially gain income, making each decision crucial for their overall strategy.

Special Features

  • Historical Theme: Amyitis deeply immerses players in the historical and mythological context of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, blending strategic gameplay with a rich narrative backdrop.
  • Interactive Gameplay: The game is highly interactive, with players’ actions significantly impacting the opportunities and strategies of their rivals, ensuring a dynamic and engaging play experience.
  • Multiple Paths to Victory: With various strategies to gain prestige, including garden construction, temple control, and palace building, Amyitis offers players multiple paths to victory, encouraging adaptability and strategic foresight.


Amyitis stands out as a compelling board game that combines strategic depth with a captivating historical theme. Players are challenged to think critically and plan ahead as they navigate the intricacies of ancient Babylonian society, vying for prestige and influence. Whether through the careful placement of irrigation channels, strategic trading expeditions, or the wise recruitment of craftsmen, Amyitis offers a rich and rewarding experience that invites players to step into the shoes of ancient architects and bring one of history’s most fabled wonders to life.

Nominated for 1 award.

  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 60 - 120 Minutes
  • 12+ years old
  • Medium difficulty

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