Posted: December 1, 2011 in boardgames

Despite its reputation for being a Euro card game I must beg to differ. I played Coloretto the other night and it was enjoyed by all! There is screwage in this game and it is one of the things that makes this game fun. You see an opponent going for a certain color and as this color makes its appearance in the row you “taint” or “paint” the row with a color that will score him negative points.

You see in Coloretto you can only score points for 3 colors and you take turns taking rows of cards which by the way are cool looking lizards or chamelions along with assorted +2 cards that give you points as well.

So we have a card game here that has scewage which is a main factor in the best Ameritrash games. But not only that! Coloretto boasts a “push your luck” element as well. Let’s say your opponents have already taken a row and your row has only one card , a card with a color you need but this row can have two other cards before you are required to take the row. Do you push your luck for more colors you may need  or will the row be “tainted” with colors you don’t need? Its your choice.

The screwage and push your luck factors are enough alone to recommend this game, plus the fact that it takes so little shelf space make it a no brainer to add to your collection. On the negative side it does have a wacky Knizia style scoring system and it requires a minimum of 3 players. I usually try to limit my collection with games that require only 3, I like versatility in player number but this is a minor quibble.

Coloretto has a very stud poker type feel with no cards hidden in your hand. Everything is open for everyone to see and the simple actions of turning over a card or taking a row make the game super accessible and also with the short play time, you simply can’t go wrong. But don’t be fooled by the simplicity, the decisions are delicious and the strategy is deeper than you think.



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