"You shall be rewarded if your tale amuses me."
The eccentric king issued the edict to all over the country. You are a bard who is willing to take up that challenge. You have to make up a tale by mixing stories in the world and enchant the king with the tale.
In the game, the player (solo or co-op) starts with one hand card, then draws a second. From these two, they play a card to the tableau. You are attempting to place the cards in number order to the best of your ability, but more importantly by matching colors together to gain points in the scoring phase. Cards are played touching, in columns, left or right but shifted halfway up or down. In the one player game, a column is restricted to 4 cards, in the two player, the limit is 3 cards. Alternately, you may exchange a played card with a hand card. But next turn, after drawing, you must play down two cards so your hand is back down to one before drawing.
When you have played all cards, the first round ends and you score according to the card positions. With some of these cards remaining in play, the game proceeds to the second round in the same way. The total of two rounds is your final score.
The game only consists of tiles, that being said the components are of excellent quality. They are nice and thick and easy to pick up and the artwork is great. I was so happy they stayed with the original Japanese art. I know companies want to put their own mark on some games, but if at all possible, go with the original IMHO.
This game had a higher level of difficulty to it then i initially thought. It plays well both as a co-op or solo. It's very puzzly at times and gave me a light Mahjong feel. Round two will crush you on the first play so definitely give it a few plays before you pass judgement. If your into story games you can try to weave a story together as you play but i was far more focused on trying to get the math and colors right. If there is such a thing as a "light brain burner" this is it.
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