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.