Theme and What is it?
You know your Bakongo history? Well, you are one step ahead of me. The theme in this game is about the Bakongo, who are descendants of the Kingdom of Kongo.
I will admit, I have no idea what that is, and maybe never would, had I not seen Bumuntu.
The general theme is for beautiful art, and the art makes the game. All in all, this is an abstract grid game, with art trhown in for theme-ing purposes.
The game is pretty simple in its theory. You are moving around the board, to take tiles, to score points.
Each tile type, moves differently. For example, the elephant moves two spaces in any direction. The Flamingo, flies to another Flamingo, or itself, and moves one more space in any direction.
Obviously, each tile type moves differently. Scoring is setup randomly at the beginning of the game. In this playthrough, Zebra was worth 2 points at the end of the game, being the most advantageous.
Colorful and bright and happy. Wowo…
I wanted to open this game the second I received it. It is just plain pretty, beginning to end.
Game Build Quality
The tiles are super high quality. Think tiles from the floor laying tile game from last year, and then think nicer… I love the level of quality they put into this game. Wood, Plastic, nice art, solid board.
No complaints. Well, except the bananas… They did not punch very well for me. Beyond that, the game is VERY nicely made.
Do you like beautiful jungle colors? Me too! (Your answer was yes.)
This game, would not necessarily need the theme it has to still function. The theme just makes it feel better. Imagine putting an awesome theme on backgammon? It’s kind of like that, the game would work regardless, the theme just makes it feel more natural.
Of course moving off an alligator allows you to move someone else’s pawn. Of course a flamingo flies before it moves, even if it lands on itself. Of course the Rhino charges and pushes everything except the elephant.
The theme here, with the artistic styling, just makes the game more approachable. The first time I played, I didn’t even notice the board was a jungle, it just fit in so well.
For me this is a great abstract game. I am a huge abstract game fanboy. If it is even slightly good, I will likely like it.
Thankfully Bumuntu, is not slightly good, it is QUITE good. If you like abstracts, I would imagine this will be right up your alley.
Age Range & Weight
8+. I have played this with my daughter, she is 7. She has beat me. She has beat me mercilessly. She is mean.
This means the game age is just about perfect.
Bumuntu, is a great abstract. The quality is excellent, the gameplay simple but thought out. Each game plays differently due to randomized point spreads.
This is a game that I can imagine having lasting power for the people that like it. It will go on my top-shelf.
I hope I can talk WizKids into making a supreme ULTRA edition that can be left on a coffee table. This game belongs on a coffee table.