German games that are language independent
Luís Evangelista
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Being Portuguese, I have real dificulties games in my native language. So, I usualy go to English (a language which I believe I know reasonably well) versions of the games. However, More than once I found it easier to buy german versions of the games, since most european online shops are located there.
So here's my problem: I need to know which German games are language independent (rules apart, of course) so I can choose which to buy without making mistakes
Any help is apreciated
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This one I own and I'm sure it's language independent... fabulous game
 
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This one I don't own, but i'm pretty sure is language independent
 
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The entire carcassonne series, I believe
 
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I don't know about this one... you tell me
 
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The entire Gipf series is language independent
 
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Tiles have symbols to show requirements of the tile. Pretty interesting exploration/race game.
 
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Not a bit of german anywhere to be seen.

Well, except the rule book, of course.
 
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Another one I remembered...
 
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Jody's recommendation...
 
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I also don't know about this one... and it seems interesting
By the looks of the picture, it isn't, but...
 
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Alhambra is language independent.
 
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Samurai is language-independent. There's some writing on the panels, but it's only a player help, so you only need the translated rules to play (available on the Geek, including Portuguese!)...
 
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And this one? also seems to have no text whatsoever...
 
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I *just* got the German Goldseiber version, and while the rules are in German, the 8 large tiles of "city blocks" have the street names in English!!

The rules can be found on here, but there is another site that has English player aid mats -- ask if you're interested
 
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Metro uses only the names of subway stops on cards at the beginning to layout the 'trains' appropriately for the number of players you have. After that it's only tile placement.
 
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18. Board Game: Amazonas [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2740]
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There are names of the villages along the Amazon river but neither the cards nor the specimen tokens have text on them and so are completely language independent.
 
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The pic shows it all. Just camels, trees, and numbers on water hole tiles. Completely language independant.
 
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20. Board Game: Java [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:834]
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No text anywhere, just tiles and numerals on palaces. Language free.
 
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21. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:448]
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There is text on some of the cards, but there are also diagrams that make it easy to tell what they are.

And actually, you can play the game just fine without using the cards at all if you want.
 
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22. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:231]
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Once again, no text, just the occassional number.
 
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23. Board Game: Medina [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:842]
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Just wooden blocks, and eight tiles with numbers. No other text at all.

 
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24. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:238]
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Here's a borderline case: While the cards do bear a bit of German text, all meaningful information is conveyed in the form of symbols.
 
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25. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:557]
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Java and Tikal and Mexica ya'll! Dots are, afterall, universal.

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