Coloretto is a fun game for three to five players that basically asks players how much they are willing to push their luck. Will they try to claim a row of cards when it’s beneficial to them but doesn’t have the maximum amount of cards allowed in the row? Or, will they take a risk that a row with two cards they need will become more valuable to them when the third card is played and wait until then.
The game play for this game is very simple. The deck consists of 63 standard cards in 7 colors. There are nine cards of each color. There are also some special cards. There are 10 cards that are worth 2 points each, and there are three wild cards that can be any color you want them to be. There will be a set number of rows of cards that you can play to, and these are equal to the number of players, each row begins with a row marker card. The game ends when the “last round” card is drawn from the deck (which is dealt near the bottom of the deck).
On your turn you will either choose the top card from the deck and play it on one of the unclaimed rows or you will claim a row for yourself. Once you have claimed a row you are out of the game until everyone in the game has each claimed a row. A row can not have any more than three cards in it, once it has three cards the only thing that can be done with the row is it can be claimed. Your goal is to make sets of colors with as many cards of each color as possible. There is a little twist though. You will only score for the three colors you have the most of, if you have cards of more than three colors in your hand, you will score the other colors sets as negative points!
The points you score increase as you get more cards of the same color. A color with one card is worth 1 point and increases until you have the maximum of 6 cards in the color which would be worth 21 points. When the “last round card” is drawn you finish the round you are playing and score the game to determine who wins. Points are scored based on your three longest suits along with any +2 point cards you have. Remember wild cards can be used as any color you wish. If you have more than three colors in your hand, you score any color that is not your top 3 as negative points based on the same scoring scale as you use for your top three colors.
Overall, for the retail price of $10 this is a great game. It is one that has very simple rules. That is a plus for people that don’t want to spend time learning complicated games in your group. It’s also easy to teach to new players. The summary cards included in the game give a quick summary of the scoring for players to refer to. This may not appeal to serious strategy gamers, but honestly as a relatively serious gamer I enjoy this game at times with my friends when looking for a casual game to play.