Monday, October 6, 2014

DuCo - A Colorful Review

Hi everybody!

Today's review is on a game of colors and shapes. DuCo by Henrik Larsson is a light card game for 1-5 players that plays in about 20 minutes.
DuCo the Box
 DuCo has an easy setup where 9 cards are taken from the deck and arranged in a cross. The setup is the playing field in which each player will place a card in order to match up either color, shape or both. Each pair of colored shapes will net you typically 1 or 2 points. You will get 1 point for either matched shapes or colors and 2 points for both. There are also X2 multipliers that will come in handy for bigger point combos as you play. Each player also only has 1 card as their hand.
The Colorful Setup
Once someone hits 50 points the round is finished and the person with the highest score wins.

The game is very simplistic and quick, but the rule book comes with a variety of alternate rules and a set of advanced game rules. The advanced game raises the point cap for the end game as well as adds a timing element to the player turns. The players also have hands of 3 cards that are open for others to see. These minor changes add new life to the game giving it more of a challenge and laughter as the game progresses. The scoring also changes as the standard game only allows for vertical and horizontal scoring while the advanced games adds in diagonal. On top of that there are also 7 other game modes included that add various layers of challenge and skill. You can even mix them however you choose to create a game that suits your groups gameplay experience needs.
Placement is Everything

DuCo was a pretty successful Kickstarter project run by the team at Game Salute. I know it doesn't seem like there is a lot to talk about with this game, but it does pack a lot of game into a small box. The game is only 75 cards but has a decent amount of variety.

It doesn't really play much like a card game especially with the advanced rules. It feels more like a game of Tetris and similar games to me. It is a simple concept with simple rules and no setup time. It is suitable for people of all ages and a great tool to teacher younger children colors and shapes. The biggest thing is the game is great for colorblind players (the main reason why I wanted to review this game).

My fiance is colorblind and in games that focus a lot on colors she has a hard time differentiating certain ones from each other. However, she has an easy time with DuCo. The colors all have different shadings and backgrounds from checked patterns to waves to stars. This minor detail helps her keep the colors in order and makes the game extremely playable.
What's in the Box.
That's really all that can be said about the art as well. The box is bland and the art is what it is.

Now this game isn't for everyone, I understand that. It is a fun game to have, but even in our household it doesn't get much play.

If you have small kids and newer gamers I would say that this is a game you should check out. Its fun, but I can't give it a full hearted recommendation.




Thank you all again for returning to Daemonic Teutonic for another review. I promise that some heavier reviews are on the way as well as some of the other kinds of articles I am working on.

I hope you enjoyed the review.

Cheers,
Phil

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