It's a Piece of Cake

The box cover for Piece o' Cake

Don't be fooled by the clever artwork: Piece o' Cake is actually about pies.

Piece o’ Cake by Rio Grande Games is named wrong.  It should actually be called “Piece o’ Pie” or “Pie in the Sky” or something like that, because the artwork is clearly indicitive of pies and not cakes.  I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, though–let me start from the beginning. 

Piece o’ Cake is a very simple game.  There are 57 pie slices, which compose 5 pies of 11 pieces each, with two pieces left out of play.  The game is five turns long, one pie per turn.  The object of the game is to get as many points as possible. 

Each turn, one player divides the pie into a number of segments, and the other players then get to choose which segments to take.  The pie comprises several different random slices, such as strawberry, pecan, chocolate satin, apricot, and more.  Players try to maximize their points by hoarding matching pieces.  You only get credit for a collection of slices if you have more of that kind than anyone else.  It can get interesting when you have mutliple players all trying to collect the same kind of pie. 

You can also choose to eat the slice right away instead of saving it for later.  If you do so, you get fewer points for that slice than what you would get if you won the collection, but the points you get for eating it are guaranteed. 

The game mechanics are very similar to the card game Coloretto.  This should come as no surprise, since both games are published by Rio Grande.  In Coloretto, you try to collect more of a set of colors than the other players.  If you like Piece o’ Cake, you might want to look into Coloretto too. 

Piece o’ Cake is a very simple game which can be played quickly.  I’d recommend it for very casual gamers or children, or as an appetizer for a heavier, more complex board game to serve as the main course.

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