Carcassonne: The Castle*

Carcassonne: The Castle is a standalone board game inspired by the popular Carcassonne series, but uniquely tailored for two players. Set within the city walls of Carcassonne, this game retains the familiar tile-placement mechanics but introduces new strategies and components specific to this version. The theme revolves around the development of the city, focusing on strategic construction and area control within the confined space of the city walls.

Gameplay Overview

  • Two-Player Focus: Designed specifically for a two-player gaming experience.
  • Tile-Placement Mechanics: Players place tiles within the city walls, constraining choices and requiring strategic planning.
  • Scoring System: Players use followers, such as heralds, knights, squires, and merchants, to score points in different areas of the city.
  • Castle Wall Scoring Track: The game features a unique scoring track that runs around the castle wall, with bonuses for the first player to reach certain points.

Special Features

  • Bonus Tiles: Collected from the walls, these tiles add variety and strategic twists to the scoring process.
  • Largest Keep Bonus: Points awarded for the largest house completed during the game and the largest contiguous undeveloped area.
  • Adapted Carcassonne Mechanics: While the core mechanics are familiar to fans of Carcassonne, the adaptation to a two-player format creates a distinct gameplay experience.


Carcassonne: The Castle is an excellent choice for fans of the Carcassonne series looking for a game specifically designed for two players. Its blend of familiar mechanics with new strategic elements, set within the iconic city of Carcassonne, makes it both a unique and engaging experience. The game is perfect for couples or friends seeking a competitive yet strategic tile-placement game that is quick to learn but offers depth in its gameplay.

Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

  • 2 Players
  • 30 - 45 Minutes
  • 8+ years old
  • Easy to learn

Video reviews, ratings, Let's Plays and tests for Carcassonne: The Castle

  • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: The Castle" by Shut Up & Sit Down
    Video is in English

We like Carcassonne: The Castle so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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