Utilizing a rank system that steadily increases difficulty with each victory, the objective is to capture locations before the enemy does. Each turn, one soldier can be moved or a new unit placed onto the map. In addition, a command card can be played to perform a special action (some combination of attack and unit placement), but only if soldiers are in a specified formation. Different enemies behave in varied ways, increasing the strategy required to be successful. Minos Strategos is a challenging strategy game that features a good variety of cards and enemies.