Saturday, August 29, 2015

A game review: Coloretto

Number of players: 2-5
Time: 10 minutes
Complexity: Very low
Style of game: Set collection

For some of you, you will be able to play this entire game before you finish this review.  In all honesty, just do it, it's a great game.  The game is one of the simplest games I've found but still one of the most fun.

On your turn, you do one of two actions.  You can flip over the top card of the deck and place it in a card row or you take all of the cards in a card row.  That's it.  The card rows indicate the maximum number of cards that can be placed in each card row.  Once the maximum number is reached, no more cards can be added to the card row.  Once you take a card row, you are out for the round and will not play again until a new round starts.  The new round starts after all the card rows were taken

Your goal, in the standard game, is to collect the most same color chameleons. You want to collect as many chameleons of the color, as you can.  But you only score points for your three colors with the most chameleons.  For each color after three you lose points at the same rate that you would gain them.

When you play a card in the card row, you want to maximize the number of points that you can get; tempt other players to take card rows early; or minimize the number of points your opponent can get.  Ideally, you will want to do all three.  A simple but strategic game.

Pros: Quick game and easy to learn.  We got this game at Christmas of 2014 and taught my girlfriend's family within minutes.  We taught my parents how to play and were able to enjoy themselves (so much so that they got a copy for themselves).  Despite being such a quick game, there is a little bit of strategy to placing the cards and trying to trick your opponents to taking a card row.  It can be confrontational to an extent which is a good thing, in my opinion.  For the price of the game, the choices are this or Love Letter and I much prefer this game.

Cons: I think it plays best with more than two players.  Ideally, you would want, at least three players.   There is a two player variant but I don't think it plays nearly as well.

Score: 87/100

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