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Wu Hing: The Five Elements

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by   / November 07, 2008

This turn-based board game combines elements of classic strategy pastimes such as Go and Reiner Knizia's Samurai with gameplay based around Eastern spirituality. Two sides, representing Yin and Yang, place tiles that represent the five Chinese elements--Earth, Wood, Water, Metal, and Fire. Element tiles can either create, destroy, or transform other pieces on the board. You earn points for both creation (Seng) and destruction (Ko), with bonuses awarded for balanced play (both Seng and Ko, as well as scoring in all elements).

A helpful tutorial fully explains the basics of Dragon mode, which is the only gameplay variety offered in the demo. Unfortunately for smarty-pants gamers, it's not skippable. The five elements are linked in cycles of both creation and destruction, which are triggered when two pieces are positioned next to another. You can "create" your own titles--for example, by placing two Wood tiles next to your Fire tile. Conversely you can "destroy" your opponent's tiles--for example, by placing two Water titles next to your opponent's Fire title. Finally, you can "transform" or capture an opponent's piece as your own by placing two identical tiles adjacent to it.

Three special pieces--a wild Wu Hing title, a transforming Yin Yang tile, and a repositioning Move tile--add another layer of strategy to the proceedings. It's unfortunate that only one gameplay mode is offered against two relatively easy computer opponents in the demo, but it does provide an excellent introduction to the game. It might not blow your socks off, but Wu Hing is a well-designed and challenging strategy board game.

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Editors' Review

by   / November 07, 2008

This turn-based board game combines elements of classic strategy pastimes such as Go and Reiner Knizia's Samurai with gameplay based around Eastern spirituality. Two sides, representing Yin and Yang, place tiles that represent the five Chinese elements--Earth, Wood, Water, Metal, and Fire. Element tiles can either create, destroy, or transform other pieces on the board. You earn points for both creation (Seng) and destruction (Ko), with bonuses awarded for balanced play (both Seng and Ko, as well as scoring in all elements).

A helpful tutorial fully explains the basics of Dragon mode, which is the only gameplay variety offered in the demo. Unfortunately for smarty-pants gamers, it's not skippable. The five elements are linked in cycles of both creation and destruction, which are triggered when two pieces are positioned next to another. You can "create" your own titles--for example, by placing two Wood tiles next to your Fire tile. Conversely you can "destroy" your opponent's tiles--for example, by placing two Water titles next to your opponent's Fire title. Finally, you can "transform" or capture an opponent's piece as your own by placing two identical tiles adjacent to it.

Three special pieces--a wild Wu Hing title, a transforming Yin Yang tile, and a repositioning Move tile--add another layer of strategy to the proceedings. It's unfortunate that only one gameplay mode is offered against two relatively easy computer opponents in the demo, but it does provide an excellent introduction to the game. It might not blow your socks off, but Wu Hing is a well-designed and challenging strategy board game.

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Full Specifications

General

Publisher Kudos Games
Publisher web site http://www.kudosgames.com
Release Date November 30, 2006
Date Added November 30, 2006
Version 1.02

Category

Category Games
Subcategory Strategy Games

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista, 3D graphics card

Download Information

File Size 15.17MB
File Name WuHingDemo_setup.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 4,008
Downloads Last Week 1

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License Model Free to try
Limitations Tutorial and two games against computer
Price $19.99
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