|Its not that easy to score actually...|
So, how does the game feel? Its a very cool and elegant game. Most players will probably need at least 1 learning game to understand the nuances of what it means to keep certain cards in their hand to allow them to score as well as what to play to actually give them points. It is this decision making that I find the most interesting of the game. Do I invest in diversity to get a few points OR go for broke and try to get pure scoring on one set ? What do I keep in my hand to either ensure my scoring OR to block someone else ? Also, any cards I do not get to play during the game is actually dead weight in my hand, taking up a space. What card do I discard? Will it help someone else OR can I use the discard to tempt someone to waste a turn building up a set which eventually he cannot score ?
There are ample chances to sabotage your opponents and this is another highlight of the game. During my first game, me and another friend got 0 points because we were totally blocked out from scoring any points! It kind of reminds me of Mahjong in that you are trying to guess what other players are going for and what cards have yet to come up. Arboretum is an excellent filler game that definitely works your brain while being easy to learn. Played with the right opponents who think strategically, this will make for a very competitive and enjoyable game. I heartily recommend it!