Reviewed by Frank Hamrick
AZUL (Plan B Games/Next Move, 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30-45 minutes; $39.99)
Azul is a “small footprint game” designed by Michael Kiesling with a surprisingly “simple-to-subtle” play ratio! What do I mean? “Simple” applies to the game mechanics, rules, bits, and play time. The game is clean, with little clutter. Set-up is quick and easy; rules are short and simple; game-play is quick; choices are limited but agonizing. The game can be taught in mere minutes. But don’t take that to indicate there is not much to the game! This simple game packs a powerful game-play punch! “Simple” doesn’t mean it is weak in absorbing game-play.