“Like many cooperative games, there are a lot of different ways to lose—too many siege engines, too many black swords, or everyone simply dying.”
Though aimed at a younger audience, it still has enough complexity and breadth to keep adults entertained too.
You need to go into the game with solid strategy and accept that other players are going to inadvertently sabotage it.
If you like Scrabble and are looking for something a little more fast-paced, this game may be for you.
There were many moments where I felt like I wasn’t just playing against the other players, but the game itself as well.
Unlike most Euro-style strategy games, there is no “point salad” effect at the end of the game—and every victory point is valuable.
Visually, the game is great: The anthropomorphic pirate illustrations by Sylvain Guinebaud are very well done and add a whimsical tone to some very basic gameplay.
There’s more to being creative than adding a “z” to the end of all of your cards and getting someone to do another’s hair during the game.
More experienced gamers will find a lot of depth and value in this game, especially if they’re into complex, strategy-heavy games.