Portal Games is touting a new Eurogame and 4X game combination which is arrive later this Fall. In Brazil: Imperial, players take on the roles of European monarchs who aim to build and expand through out the 16th to 19th centuries. The game is for one to four players, ages 14+, plays in around 100 minutes, and will carry an MSRP of $70 when it arrives November 17th.
About the game:
In Brazil: Imperial, you need to construct buildings, manage resources, explore the land, create trade, acquire the support of the greatest personalities of the country, and recruit a powerful army to protect your interests against the rival states. If you make the right choices, you can complete missions to progress to a more advanced era, receiving new and interesting options for development and victory points. In the end, the best monarch receives the title of Brazilian Emperor and constructs a new era of prosperity, freedom, and peace!
In more detail, while playing on a modular map board that recreates real regions, you use a combination of worker placement, area majority, and individual powers to construct an empire in Brazil between the 16th and 19th centuries. You start by choosing one of the available monarchs and its personal game board and components; some monarchs are strong in combat, while others prioritize science or exploration. You receive tasks that advance your progress when you complete them, giving you access to more power constructions as you move into the second and third eras of the game.
Brazil: Imperial was developed with the concept of it being “Euro X”, a new style of game that combines Eurogames (in which you collect and manage resources) and 4x games (in which you explore, expand, exploit and exterminate). A new concept of maps was also introduced in this game. All maps are different and created with modular boards that recreate real regions of Brazil and the world. Each game you can focus on resource management, combat, or a combination of both, depending on your choice of monarch and the interaction with other players.