Coloretto Review – Looking Back

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Coloretto - Rio Grande Games - $14.95
Coloretto Review - Cover

Game title: Coloretto

Game description: The players draw cards from a card supply in the middle of the table. During the game, the players try to specialize in a few colors, as at the end of the game, a player can score plus points for only 3 colors; the rest score minus points. The more cards a player has of a color, the more points he scores. The player with the most points wins.

Overall
4.2
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Looking back on Coloretto it’s easy to see why the game has such lasting appeal. Underneath its eye-popping colors and beautiful artwork is a smart game with an exceptionally simple set of rules and exciting gameplay. It is a game that should certainly be in any gamer’s collection. A filler that is worthy of the tiny amount of shelf space it takes. Coloretto has remained a family favorite in the Kalajian household. As a result, we’ve had to buy another copy to replace our poor, worn out, original copy.

Pros

Beautiful Art

Simple rules

Engaging gameplay

Small package

Cons

Some editions come with a “Screaming Castle” care, an unofficial expansion card for the game Knights, with no explanation of what it is/, is used for

Full Coloretto Review

Looking back on Coloretto it’s easy to see why the game has such lasting appeal. Underneath its eye-popping colors and beautiful artwork is a smart game with an exceptionally simple set of rules and exciting gameplay. It is a game that should certainly be in any gamer’s collection. A filler that is worthy of the tiny amount of shelf space it takes. Coloretto has remained a family favorite in the Kalajian household. As a result, we’ve had to buy another copy to replace our poor, worn out, original copy.

Coloretto uses a deck of 66 color cards. All of the cards are identical except for their colors, of which there are 7 plus 3 Jokers. There are also Row Cards, Scoring Cards, and the Last Round Card that are not included in that deck of 66.

To start the game a number of Row Cards equal to the number of players are laid out. Each player also takes a Score Card and 1 card of any color to put into their play area. The deck is shuffled and the Last Round card is placed 15 cards from the end of the deck. Each turn players will either play a card from the deck to any row or take a row of cards. Once a player takes a row they are out of the round until the rest of the rows are taken and a new round begins.

Coloretto Review - AbacusSpiele  Edition
The AbacusSpiele edition, which is even MORE colorful

Coloretto ends at the end of the round where the Last Round card is drawn. Players then choose 3 colors in front of them to score from, earning negative points for cards they have that are not any of the 3 colors they have chosen. Jokers are wild, and color scores grow exponentially depending on how many cards in a color set a player has.

The game takes all of 5 minutes to learn and set up, and only about 10-15 minutes to play. It is light, clever, and requires a bit of luck and clever card play and each player tries to outwit their opponents and create rows that will help them the most and not be appealing to others.

Conclusion

As stated earlier, there is no reason Coloretto should not be in everyone’s collection. The price point is excellent, it plays great, and it is family-friendly with even very young players with no text on the cards or needed to play the game at all. It is a rare game that combines all of the above and manages to please such a wide variety of gamers.

My only gripe? Some editions come with a “Screaming Castle” card with no explanation why. Turns out it is an unofficial expansion for the game knights. Not a deal-breaker by any means, just a bit weird.

Seriously. If you do not have Coloretto. Go buy it.

Coloretto was purchase a LONG time ago. “Looking Back” is a series of reviews spotlighting older games that may or may not still deserve some love

The header image is used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License.
Martínez, S. Full Color. 2014, https://boardgamegeek.com/image/1901268/coloretto.

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