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Captain Flip

Players: 2 – 5 players | Game Duration 20 – 20 mins |
Min. Age + | Game complexity: EASY Genre: Pirates
Solo game mode: No | Co-op: No |
Online Version: Yes

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What is Captain Flip about?

Captain Flip is a pirate-theme based game where players take on the roles of pirate captains who recruit crews and collect coins. The game is designed by Paolo Mori and Remo Conzadori, is simple to play: draw and place or flip and place a tile and was nominated for Spiel des Jahres, indicating it’s family-friendly.

Gameplay Overview

  • No setup required, start immediately with player boards.
  • Icons are color-coded for immediate and endgame effects.
  • Aim: collect the most coins.
  • Push-your-luck element adds excitement.
  • Simple rules with meaningful choices: use tile as is or flip it.

Winning the Game

  • The game ends when one player fills four columns on their board.
  • Final scoring involves tallying gold from tiles and considering specific board effects.
  • Player with the most gold wins; players with three or more Gunners showing may be eliminated.

Gameplay Variability

    • Four different boards: Pirate Ship, Kraken, Raft, Desert Island.
    • Each board offers unique scoring opportunities and gameplay interactions.
    • Kraken board introduces more player interaction through competitive column filling.

Strategy and Decision-Making

      • Players must decide whether to keep or flip tiles based on potential benefits and risks.
      • Tile placement is critical; it affects immediate and endgame benefits.
      • Memory elements come into play with certain tiles like the Monkey, which can trigger additional effects.

What makes Captain Flip fun?

  • Suitable for families due to its simple rules and quick setup.
  • Push-your-luck mechanic adds excitement and accessibility.
  • Light strategy and interactive elements ensure engaging gameplay.

What are Captain Flip players saying about the game?

  • Positive:
    • Light strategy and quick gameplay.
    • Suitable for introducing new players to board gaming.
    • Low analysis paralysis; focus on fun and interaction.
    • Appeals to both casual and family gamers.
  • Critique

    • Lacks deep strategy; more luck-based.
    • Memory aspect with certain tiles (e.g., the Monkey).
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2024 Spiel des Jahres Nominee

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