when I purchased this, I thought I was buying Azul: stained glass of sintra (A great game), and that's what I really wanted. However, this is Century Spice road and is in some broad ways similar to Azul. They are both abstract games and both have quite nice tactile components (Fortunately, another great game). They're also mid tier strategy games where what you're aiming to achieve can be observed/guessed, and occasionally frustrated by your opponents. That's about where the similarities end.
I would recommend this game if you like tableau market mechanics, and components that are tactile and moved/ traded. Although this could be a game about any theme, the imagery on the market cards and coloured cubes in little spice bowls really adds to the appeal of the game.
How it plays
You buy cards that help you to obtain different spices to fulfil orders in the market. This deck building is at the core of the game, and refining your card combinations is what makes it quite enjoyable. The orders that need to be fulfilled and the cards you can purchase to build your deck are varied from game to game and so this is one that I regularly come back to. It's fairly quick to play at around 45 minutes at the upper end, has a fair amount of depth, and is pretty easy to teach and learn.
1 star deducted because I got the wrong (albeit awesome) game.
Introducing Century, a series of exciting and wonderfully addictive stand-alone, mixable games. Each title is set in different centuries, from the 15th to the 17th, and depicts the major trading systems and routes of these eras. While quick and easy to learn, the century trilogy will fully engage even the most strategic players.