Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pastiche, It's a Beautiful Game


The Review Crew's Take on
PASTICHE
# Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Game time . . . . . . . . 35-50 minutes
Set up . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 minutes
Luck . . . . . . . . . . .9. .Strategy
*Interplay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Visual Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.5
Component Quality . .. . . . . 9
*Replayability . . . . . . . . . . . 7

*See "How we Rate" for a definition.

If the Old Masters were to sit down and rework the game of dominoes, they might come up with something like this: instead of tiles, there would be hexes, and instead of numbers to match there would be dabs of colors. In other words, their new creation might be very much like the game of Pastiche.
Your object in matching color dabs is to get certain color cards into your hand, so you can then commission paintings. Play is simple, but delightfully challenging.
Pastiche has a lot going for it. For one thing, it's gorgeous. How could you go wrong with playing pieces that reproduce some of the world's best artwork? Component quality is nearly off the charts, too. But the look and style were what led one of our crew to proclaim, "it's a girl's game." Not so, I say. The strategy involved is not for sissies, but can still be enjoyed by young and old, male and female. Interplay is pretty low, so if you're looking for a rousing get-to-know-each-other game, Pastiche isn't it. It's more of a stretch your brain kind of game, one whose beauty makes you feel like you're walking through one of the great museums of the world. And for us, the girls in particular (especially the one who was once mistaken for a tour guide in the Louvre), that's a very good thing.

3 comments:

  1. I wish the library rented games so you could try them out first before buying them :-)

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