Disclaimer: This review is written after one playing, it's quite possible that I read the rules wrong, or I've missed long term aspects of this game. Also everything in this review is my own personal opinion and yours may differ.
R-Eco is a 3-5 player card game which plays in under half an hour, and is best described as a filler. The theme is that citizens are illegally dumping garbage, and those with the "cleanest" track record at the end of the game will be successful.
The box is barely large enough to fit the cards in and squeeze in the rules (three languages provided) on top of this. You're basically paying for a large pack of cards.
Opening up the box, you see a whole load of cards (136 of these) which are quite fun, and feel pretty much like a bit of laminate. They are absolutely fine to play with.
There are 3 different types of cards in there,
Garbage cards (100 of the deck), in 4 types - Plastic, Bottle, Cans, and Paper. Each of the types have 22 single waste cards and 3 double waste cards
Reward Cards: 32, 8 in each of the colours with values 0,1,2,3,3,-2,4 and 5
Disposal faciliy cards: 4, one in each of the colours.
I purchased the game from the Japon Brand stall at Essen 2006, at the time it was priced at 15e, which is expensive for a game of this type (at Essen that year most card fillers were priced 7-10euros).
There are 3 sets of rules, one English, one German, and one Japanese. The rules are not well translated, in that the use of pronouns (the player, your turn, etc) are all intermingled, but reading through twice you can actually understand what is intended quite clearly (or at least I hope we did). There were 3 games played in this session: Metromania, R-Eco, and Krumble, and the R-Eco rules were the clearest to understand. The one game this review was based on was with four players.
The four disposal facilities are placed in the middle of the table, and a discard pile of one card is placed beneath each. The reward cards are placed in a preset order with 0 at the top on top of each of the disposal facilities. Each player is dealt 3 garbage cards.
On a players turn, they select 1 or more cards with the same garbage symbol on it, and add it to the "factory" [which starts empty] above the matching disposal facility.
If the amount of garbage on this factory now is 4 or greater in amount, the cards are set aside for the reshuffle, and the player takes the top reward card from the disposal site and puts it face up in front of them on the table.
The player then takes all the cards in the discard area and adds them to their hand. If they have more than 5 cards they must discard cards from their hand face down in front of them until their hand is size 5 again. These cards score negatively.
The discard area is then replenished by the number of garbage in the factory, plus one - so there will always be at least one card drawn by each player at the end of the turn.
The next player then has their turn. The game ends when someone takes the bottom reward card from a stack. Each player then scores as follows:
-1 for each face down garbage card in front of them
if they have no garbage cards in front of them they receive +1 for each player who does
reward cards score their face value, but only if you have 2 or more reward cards in that colour.
The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
Thoughts from the players
I really enjoyed this light filler. There is a pleasant level of suffering trying to keep your hand under 6 in size, but sometimes playing to discard cards helps you in the long run. Taking cards to collect groups in the same colour is helpful as it will enable you to discard more cards per time, decreasing your hand size again. The theme is fairly thin but even so adds a nice flavour to the game.
A nice, light card game
R-Eco is a good light filler, quick to pick up and fun to play. The main downside is that (as with most Japon Brand games), it is more costly than you would expect for the game components.
- Last edited Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:06 am (Total Number of Edits: 2)
- Posted Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:27 pm
Update: have played this loads of times now, with groups of 3 and 4, and it is still a great game. A good solid filler which now has a permanent home on the filler shelf.
Thank you very much for playing.
If you don't mind, please test 2 player variant.