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I first played Coloretto a few years ago and vaguely remember enjoying it, so when spotting it in the local(ish) game shop I figured that another small, quick card game would fit in well. The game is a slick little bit of design based on collecting coloured cards where three colours count in your favour and the rest are penalties.
In play, Miss B was rather taken by the cute chameleons the cards and quickly got the hang of the rules (you either draw a card and add it to a row on the table, or you take a row to add to your score pile and then sit out for the rest of the round), but got a little fixated on the +2 cards (which are nice bonuses, but generally not as great as adding to your colour piles).
I think the whole system of scoring will take a while for Miss B to get her head around, particularly as the game is so completely abstract, but just going for a “get as many as you can of three different colours and try not to get too many others” seems to work well. In fact, on our first game we ended with a dead heat, which resulted in grins and high-fives all round. We’ve played it a good few times since, and the games have generally been pretty close (though I think she is yet to actually win one).
Coloretto is actually rapidly becoming one of my favourite games. Miss B and I both enjoy playing it, it has a slick mechanic and (when playing with adults, at least) actually a remarkable amount to think about. I’m extremely glad we now have this in the games collection.
As an aside, I understand the game Zooloretto works in a very similar way, but has a nice collecting animals for a zoo theme, so I’m pretty sure it will go down well. It does, however, have a much higher price tag, but I’m sure we’ll have a go at it one of these days.
The verdict from Miss B (aged nearly 5½): “I liked it because we got the same and it was a draw.”
The game: Coloretto (Rio Grande), 2 to 5 players, aged 8+.