I like games that have roll-up cloth boards (my Cosmic Wimpout set from 1983 still gets tons of play even though the red numbers have mostly faded off the white dice!) So I was a sucker for this, and for $5, it was a must-buy.
I love this kind of game for the waiting for dinner, or others to show up, or we're tired and we're chatting and we need something to do with our hands... you know, really light filler. This has just enough to it, and it's different enough, to remain interesting.
I can understand why people give it lower ratings; Macao, Belfort, or Kingdom Builder it is NOT. But it's fun with the kids or on the ferry, and as such, it's got a place in our collection. Finally, the production is really nice for such an obviously-small run, and it's made in USA.