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Sponsored Game Review: Caf© International Solo

November 7, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Description: Caf© International Solo is a game for Android that’s based on the popular board game of the same name, which was once voted board game of the year in Germany, with over a million copies sold. Caf© International Solo is a sort of card game, that tasks you with putting people of certain nationalities and genders at their corresponding table in your cafe. It’s a fun game that can be played like solitaire or played in a timed fashion. It’s a nice game to play when on a long flight, commute or just when looking to relax at home. Take a look at the trailer below and read on to see what I thought of Caf© International Solo.

How it Works: Caf© International Solo is a game that needs downloading from the Play Store before you can get started. Once you’ve done just that, you’ll be asked if you want to sign-in with your Google account for Google Play Games integration.

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Once you’ve signed in, you can choose to start a game or launch into the tutorial. If you’ve never played the board game version or you need a refresher, then it’s a good idea to play the tutorial.

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The tutorial does a good job of letting you know how to play the game if it’s the first time you’ve played, and while it’s comprehensive it’s nice and easy to follow along with.

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Essentially, the game asks you to place customers from India, for instance, at the table near the Indian flag however, there’s a little more to it than just that.

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When you feel ready to play a game on your own, you can choose from one of two game modes.

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The Solitaire game mode suits me nicely and there’s a nice introduction for those new to the game.

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I found Caf© International Solo to be quite challenging and I often found myself dumping people at the bar (found in the top-left corner) and losing points for doing so, but with a little practice, it doesn’t take much to become good at the game.

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Opinion: I’m a fan of classic board games, and Caf© International Solo was a nice change of pace to the everyday video games that I play on Android. I enjoyed the slower pace and the Solitaire mode was a nice change to relax and focus on getting better at a game that I thoroughly enjoyed. The main mechanic is to sit people of similar nationalities around the same tables, however this proves to be a lot more difficult than you think it is. You need to have the right mix of genders and people from these nations in the first place, which can make it difficult to hold on to all of your points. While it was challenging to me at first, I soon settled into how the game played and after a little while I found it a good deal of fun. It’s relaxing, challenging and it’s a nice change of pace above all.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Caf© International Solo runs nice and quickly and it’s a game that has some good pacing to it as well.
  • Features (4/5) – This is a nice bridge between board game and card game and if you were looking for something for the whole family, then this is a good option.
  • Theme (4/5) – The overall look and feel is pretty nice, and the sound effects here and they will put a smile on your face. Great for tablets, too, which is something we don’t see enough of.
  • Overall (4/5) – A solid option for those looking for a fun new card game and a taste of a classic board game on Android, Caf© International Solo is a game that will appeal to all the family as well as casual gamers, too.

Pros

  • Great change of pace from the everyday games that we play on Android thanks to its laid back pacing.
  • Works well on tablets as it does on smartphones, great for relaxed sessions.
  • Good family option, and the multi-cultural element (no matter how small) is good for kids.
  • A nice new twist for card game fans that are just looking for something a little fresh.

Cons

  • Can be quite difficult when you first start playing.
  • For those that prefer board games that represent turn-after-turn this might not be ideal.

Conclusion: Caf© International Solo is a lot of fun and while I did feel that it was perhaps more of card game than a board game, it was no less fun because of it. I enjoyed the small strategy of having to figure out where to put my guests and the bar section is a nice way of extending that strategy, with only so many spots there ’till you start to lose points. A fun, family option that should appeal to all players, Caf© International Solo is well worth taking a look at, especially if you’ve played the original or you’re a fan of board games in general.

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