Great Game Underneath the Ugly Graphics
Ever wondered what it takes to be a successful curator of Polynesian, Japanese, or Socialist art? Me neither. But if it’s anything like this game, it’s mostly about risk assessment and inspired bids. Sounds like fun to me!
The main reason I bought this game was because of its designer, Reiner Knizia. I’ve played (and loved) six of his games, and from a game design standpoint, this is another winner. We had a blast playing this one; trying to gauge the probability of a given card being played was a lot of fun.
That is, once we got past the ugly artwork. And man, is it ugly. Plus the title character (Glenn) is obnoxious and strange, not to mention completely unnecessary, Personally, I don’t need a Trump-like boss character whose only job is to grace the package with his skunk friend in an attempt to intimidate me with his one-liners. I just need to be told to become a expert in various kinds of world art and I’e got all the motivation I need.
- Decisions: 5/5. This game gives you the opportunity to make an early bid that may or may not pay off. And if you risk too much, you may not have enough employees (workers) for the next round. Then again, if you really fail, you might just get them all back. So why not shoot the moon?
- Artwork: 0/5. If you know me, you know that I don’t say things just to be mean. But seriously, the artwork in this game is atrocious. The characters are weird enough, but the boards are worse; they look like a poor man’s version of the original Legend of Zelda game. And graphically, none of it works. Seriously—red text on a green background? Come on, man.
- Replayability: 4/5. Like most Knizia games, this one has a lot of player interaction that results in unexpected uoutcomes. I can’t wait to play this one over and over again.
- Awesomeness: 4/5. Why four out of five? Because it was a blast. Despite the sub-par graphics, it was a lot of fun to play, and kept me engaged the entire time. And that’s what counts.
TOTAL SCORE: 13/20
Bottom line: Ignore Glenn (after whom this game is named) and try to overlook the graphics, and you will see the true beauty of this game. And it is beautiful—even though it’s the ugliest game I own.
- Decisions 100% 100%
- Artwork 0% 0%
- Replayability 80% 80%
- Awesomeness 80% 80%