With the plethora of pirate themed games that seem to be popping up all over the place. It’s rare to find one that is truly unique and fun. Well look no further.

The theme of Skallywaggs is pretty much secondary to it’s wonderful game mechanics. This game could have easily been done using aliens, cowboys or lawyers. I for one am glad they went with pirates as the artwork is first rate and the text is quite amusing at times.

The simple mechanic of doing as many things as you can per turn really sets this one apart. While tactical planning of future turns is still needed, the ability to take multiple actions really lets the creative juices flow.

Overall, your goal is to create a set number of sea-worthy pirates and “set sail” before your opponents do the same. Each pirate is made up of three matched cards (head, body, & legs), but you can play mismatched cards to create pirates as well, and believe it or not, this is a necessary strategy if you hope to win the game.

While on the surface it may seem like there would be a lot of dead time, as you watch your opponent play card after card, there are quite a few things that you can do to harass, delay and outright screw them.

So, if your looking for a great pirate themed card game, then this is the one. Beware of one thing though… depending on how cutthroat your opponents are, the game can take a while.

Complexity: 4             Strategy: 5             Luck: 3             Overall: 4


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