Luca’s Gaming Corner: Isle of Skye


(A note from the editor: Luca is my 10 year old daughter. She’s been a gamer for just about her entire life and over the last few years has played a variety of non-family, non-kid games with me, my wife and friends. Some of her current favorites are the DC Deck Builder series, Isle of Skye, Love letter and a little game called Swamped. 

She’s been interested in writing game reviews for a while now and I’m slowly showing her the ropes here on Troll. I’ll edit her writing for format and spelling (as best I can) but I’ll leave her style to her.)

Isle of Skye

This game is a super fun game. It takes around 30-60 minutes to play and is made for 2 – 5 players. The age recommended is 8+ but you can play at pretty much any age. But not 3,4,5 years olds (obviously).

How to play

You may think this game is hard but once you play a couple of times and get the hang of it then this game won’t be hard at all. The main objective is to beat your opponents on the score board. How you do that is you have to do what each window says to do.

Now, here is how to play. You start off with five one dollar coins. Then you pull three tile out of the cloth bag you lay them out in front of your player card. Your opponents do the same thing. Whoever has the go first token goes first (the guy with the bagpipe). What you do is put the axe behind the tile you don’t want and put coins behind each tile. It should look like only the other player(s) can see only the tiles because the player screen standing up should block the coins and axe.

But remember you should save some coins so you can spend then on the other player(s) tiles. Once everyone is done and they did the same thing you did by placing the money behind each tile and the axe, then at the same time all of you lift up your screen and the person with the go first token goes first.

He or she looks at all of the other tiles and the first player picks one but must have enough money. Once you pay the player and you bought the tile from the player, the player does not get to use that money until his next turn. Once everyone is done you get to keep the tiles no one bought but you do lose the money from it. Oh and whatever player you are you should have one castle matching it as your start tile. Flip it so you don’t see the castle.

Time to place. Place all the tile so roads match with roads, mountains match with mountains, water match with water and well, yeah get the point. Now for scoring. You get points for doing what the window says. If you get barrels put them connecting to your castle. Once you are done scoring you get money you get five cents plus extra if you have barrels. Now repeat everything and you know how to play.

At the end of game you get one point for every five dollars. If you have any tile with a number and a idem then you do what it raids to do. The winner is the one who has the not points.


I give this game a 8/10. I love this game and I play it a lot with my dad. There is nothing bad about it. I definitely recommend getting this game. ?


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