As a life long fan of pie, this delicious dessert can be tough to resist. Piece of Pie is a really cute, light drafting game from Blue Orange Games. So let’s jump into this tasty review.
In Piece of Pie, players are drafting slices of pie from the available pies in the middle of the table. Pie flavors in the game include kiwi, blueberry, strawberry and apricot. Slices of pie that contain chocolate will give you a single victory point and some slices include cream or pastry decorations that give additional points.
The starting token that sits in between the pies will tell players where they can draft from. If the token is pointing to a gap in the pie, the player can draft the two pie slices that are on either side of the gap.
Flavor in Every Slice
Each game of Piece of Pie has three general scoring criteria along with a flavor and pattern recipe that are randomly chosen at the start of the game. Chocolate shavings give 1 victory point, pairs of frosting give 3 victory points and collecting a set of 3 pastry shapes give 5 victory points.
The flavor and pattern recipes will give the players lots of points for building their pie in a specific pattern. Each player also receives a perfect piece card which awards the player a victory point for each specific flavor you collect. If my card shows kiwi it’s in my best interest to nab the kiwi slices when available.
When each player has built a full pie, the game ends and players calculate the value of their pies.
Light and Flakey Fun
Piece of Pie is a really cute game that fits the subject matter. It’s light, fun to play and probably won’t be the main course on game night. The game draws you in with the colorful pie slices calling to you from the clear window in the package.
This is the type of game that my oldest daughter loves. She is what we call our “hesitant gamer”. She often asks how long a game will take to play and how difficult the game is. This is a game that she actually enjoys playing. She knows that a game will take less than 20 minutes and there’s always the option to play again.
Piece of Pie is an excellent option for gaming with kids. The game is bright and colorful and leaves you wishing you had an actual pie to dig into. The decisions in the game are pretty simple. Because you’re only drafting a total of 8 pieces of pie, you can usually tell what pieces will give you the most points. This isn’t a game that will hit the table when my gaming friends come over, but it will absolutely be in the game bag for family gatherings.
After drafting pie pieces, players have to place these new pieces adjacent to another piece that is already part of your pie. Players who plan well are going to maximize points as their tasty pastry comes together.
The game scales well whether you’re playing at 2, 3 or 4 players. In a two player game, players are each building two pies each. The recipe cards are randomly drawn at the beginning of the game which gives every game a new set of goals. The compact rulebook does an excellent job of explaining the iconography of each of these cards.
Piece of Pie is a tasty filler that would be a good fit for families that game with kids.
You can purchase Piece of Pie at your local game store or through the Blue Orange website today.
Blue Orange Games provided us with a retail copy of Piece of Pie for this review. This in no way influenced our opinion of the game.
- Excellent quality from the packaging down to the rulebook
- Easy to teach and takes around 15 minutes to play
- Recipe goal cards keep the game fresh play after play
- Light strategy might not appeal to more seasoned gamers