Friday, March 23, 2012

#78: Cafe International (Mark's 100 - 2012)

Cafe International

Mark's Ranking
  • 2012: 78th
  • 2010: 43rd
  • 2005: 42nd
  • appeared on all three lists


  • rank: 1173
  • rating: 6.34

Print Status

  • OOP

Why It's On The List

  • The not-so-PC artwork & bright colors can cause you to miss the very sneaky moves you can make in this open information tile placement game.

Tips & Tricks:

    • Watch for "locked" nationalities - where you can no longer play a man or a woman - and ditch those tiles onto the bar to not only gain points but keep them from eating up space in your hand..
    • Pay attention! Don't set people up for big plays!


    • While a couple of the stereotypes in the art bother me (particularly the Chinese), I'm heartened that we Americans get the whole "Texan, big hair & sunglasses" treatment.
    • There are two other spin-off games: a card game (which is much more random but still fun) and a card game for the younger set (which I have not played).
    • Here's what I wrote about Cafe International for The One Hundred.

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