Colour Chess + Lure
Publisher: DogEared Games Designer: Tom Norfolk
Artist: Tom Norfolk Player Count: 2-4 Age Appropriateness: 9+ Playtime: 20-60 Minutes
"An abstract strategy game that sees you not only controlling your own pieces, but also determining a lot of your opponent's piece movements through the control of colors. Colour Chess + Lure are played on the same board but with different pieces and goals. Or you can combine the two! Lure is a game of blocking, manipulation and capture that can be played with a different combination of pieces to change up the strategy. Colour Chess keeps the standard rules of chess but adds a second layer of strategy based on the board's colors. This removes a lot of the standard openings of chess and means you have to adapt your strategy to the board each time you play. Colour Chess won a Family and Education Award from Imagination Gaming and has an annual World Championships as part of the Mind Sports Olympiad in London. There is also a free mobile app available."
What We Think
Gameplay & Rules
If you have followed Green Akers Games in the past you know that I got my start in tabletop gaming largely through the game of Chess. I attended a class once a week in grade school where we were taught advanced academics and we had the opportunity to play games such as Chess and Risk as part of the curriculum. As a result, I fell in love with abstract strategy games that strike similarities to Chess. Santorini, Spirits of the Forest, and Azul are all currently in my top 15 favorite games of all-time. If you are a fan of abstract strategy games as well then Colour Chess + Lure may be a must have for you!
The gameplay for Colour Chess is obviously based on the traditional game of Chess. The pieces used are the same, but the gameplay itself is quite different. At the core of Colour Chess is a mechanic that restricts your movement based on colored tiles that together make up the game board. You get two moves each turn with the first having to follow the color choice of the previous player and the second being a move of any other piece to any other color. The design creates a board that is variable from game to game. You can utilize random tile patterns, have a competitive draft system for tile placement, or even place the tiles to create a patterned game board. These different options for building the game board provide for diverse strategies each and every time you play. In addition to the simple tile variations, the game comes with many gameplay variations as well! There are options outlined in the rulebook for the following variations to standard gameplay: Swarm, Sequence Colour Chess, Swarm Sequence Colour Chess, Switch Colour Chess, 4-Players Colour Chess, and even a wholly unique game called Lure which utilizes Kings, Swords, and Shields to give an entirely new experience! The designer has also put out variations on their website that include: Tournament Set-up, Bughouse Colour Chess, Stacking Chess, Reveal Chess, and Atomic Colour Chess. This game has so much content and so much replayability that I could not possibly cover it all in this short review. I have attached a link to the full rulebook below as well as a link to download the FREE app on the Google Play Store and The App Store in order to give you a more complete look at the gameplay. In regards to what I personally think of the gameplay and rules, I must say Colour Chess + Lure is phenomonal. The rules are very thorough and the gameplay is something that hits home with me as it falls right in line with one of my favorite genres of gaming. If you like abstracts with diverse replability and have a soft spot deep down for Chess then I'd encourage you to definitely give Colour Chess + Lure a look!
Components & Art
As much as I love the gameplay of Colour Chess + Lure the components and art are a bit lacking. To be fair it would possibly be pretty pricey to have this game with top-notch components since there are so many pieces. Honestly, there isn't a whole lot you could do in terms of art. Still, Colour Chess + Lure is not going to be a game that blows you away with beautiful asthetics. The components are all cardboard punchouts that work together to make the gameboard. The pieces themselves are flat cardboard chits with prints of the specific chess piece printed on them. In terms of art this is just not a game that lends itself to highly detailed art; however, I think it could. I am a bigger Chess fan than the average gamer so I would gladly pay $100 for a high-scale version of this game with top-notch components, but for those of you that don't fit into that category Colour Chess + Lure finds a solid balance of price and content. Could it be better? Most certainly. Is what you get in the box adequate to play the game? Most certainly. Will one of our readers create a $100 masterpiece for me with thier 3D printer? Most certainly? Bottom line is, components and art aren't fantastic, especially in light of today's game releases, but personally the components and art would not push me away from acquiring this game.
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Colour Chess + Lure gets a 3/3 from us. I would have no hesitation recommending this game to others that may be fans of Chess or other abstract strategy games. Though I at first thought the game was a bit pricey, after playing I would 100% pay for this game at it's current price point! Lastly, I would love to make this game a regular play option in my own home and with my own play group! Even with the concern for components and art expressed above, I think DogEared Games and Tom Norfolk have produced a game that I hope to have in my collection for a LONG time. Please remember, just because we like the game does not mean YOU will since not every game is for everyone. DogEared Games has done an excellent job with Colour Chess and I am excited to see if upscale versions hit the market some day in the future!
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