This is a tricktaking game in which you and your fellow players represent royal patissiers, trying to compete to fullfill the most giftboxes in order to celebrate King Louis' birthday.
Like in other tricktaking games, a trump is decided beforehand and besides this also an allergen is chosen. Players alternate turns paying cards of which the highest card wins the trick, with the exception of trump cards. If you win the trick you gain one box. If however you win with a one card, you get three boxes. If you win and there is an allergen card in play, the whole box is spoiled and you get no points at all. Something a 2 can prevent!
A round ends when all cards are played or if someone reaches 8 boxes. Points are added and you continue rounds until someone reaches 20 points. The player with the highest score wins the game!
I like this game! First of all it looks deliciously cute. Besides this it also plays really well. I like how the allergen element fits in thematically and how it really has some new things added to the tricktaking games that I know of. It feels more of a game on its own.
I'm really eager to play it again at a higher player count than just 2 and also am going to take a shot at playing it solo, as they really paid attention to this as well with AI player Emma.
A copy of this game was provided to me by Sunrise Tornado Game Studio for the purpose of writing this review. My opinion however remains my own.BGG