Age of Innovation: Honest & Precise Review

Age of Innovation

Strategic Evolution and Innovation Unleashed

Age of Innovation takes the beloved mechanics of its predecessor, Terra Mystica, and spins it into a new era of strategic board gaming. Players will find themselves navigating an ever-evolving landscape, where terraforming the map to your faction’s advantage is just the beginning. This game is not just a sequel; it’s a revolution, offering a dynamic and thought-provoking experience.

Masterful Synergy of Strategy and Theme

At the heart of Age of Innovation is a perfectly tuned engine of strategy and theme. The game’s mechanics are not just clever—they’re a narrative in themselves. The factions and the terrain types are now interchangeable, offering a tapestry of strategic possibilities. As you play, your story unfolds, driven by the synergistic relationship between your faction’s abilities and the physical terrain of the game board.

A Myriad of Strategies with Asymmetrical Factions

Age of Innovation invites you to think outside the box with a rich array of strategic options. The asymmetrical factions present a variety of playstyles and strategies, keeping each game fresh and challenging. Despite the diverse range of options, the game remains balanced, thanks to innovative game mechanics that support players who might fall behind.

Endless Replayability

The replay value of Age of Innovation is immense. With numerous faction and terrain combinations, every game is a new adventure. The introduction of “innovations” offers special powers that can dramatically alter your strategy, ensuring that no two games are ever the same.

Visual Appeal and Immersive Gameplay

Neutral buildings in Age of Innovation add an interesting tactical layer. While their impact may seem subtle initially, they can be leveraged for strategic advantages, particularly with the innovation tile bonuses. Their presence offers players additional pathways to victory and can become pivotal in the late game.

Visually better, but it’s still efficiency over esthetics

Age of Innovation looks the best compared with Terra Mystica and Project Gaia. The board looks great, and the iconography is decent. Only the wooden buildings look underwhelming, if not ugly. The factory’s design looks great (at least for me), nicely balancing between the retro style of older games and the modern finish.


Age of Innovation is an essential title for those who love deep strategic gameplay and rich thematic experiences. It builds on Terra Mystica’s legacy and takes it to new heights with added complexity and a multitude of strategic paths. This game is a journey worth taking for both seasoned gamers and those new to the genre, offering a world of innovation at your fingertips. Dive in and let the age of your own innovation begin. Best game of the year 2023? Maybe. Top 10? Definitely. – David

Scratches: 9.5/10

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