- Author Lars Jansen
- Illustrator Andrew Bosley
- Game mechanics Deduction, Hand Management, Push your luck, Set Collection, tag74, Take that!, Wager
- Player Type Amateur, Sociable, Sporadic
- Gaming Situations A Quickie, At the Pool, Less than One Hour
There is a party on the island... And it lasts a whole week! On the beach there are 5 wooden masks painted in bright colors and they are collecting colorful feathers to decorate them. They have to make them look beautiful, the more feathers the better. Of course, black feathers are bad luck. Sometimes the wind blows a feather away, and sometimes some of the feathers are burned by the flames of the bonfires. You have to try above all to make your favorite mask look as beautiful as possible - but no one can tell which one it is. Do you know which mask the others are decorating, and will you be able to prevent the others from knowing which one you are decorating?
Designed by Lars Jansen and illustrated by Andrew Bosley (Everdell, Tapestry, Love Letter...), Samoa is a fun card game with deduction and luck-forcing mechanics and a good dose of bluffing, in which nothing is what it seems. All players compete to earn the most points over three rounds.
Each player has a favorite mask, but the others don't know what it is. Your goal is to decorate your own mask with as many colored feathers as possible to score points, but without arousing the suspicions of the others. To decorate the masks, cards are placed on the top and bottom of a mask. There will be cards that will add more points and others that will even subtract. At the end of the round, players will try to guess which mask each player has and if they succeed, they will get bonus points. However, if the others manage to discover a player's mask, he/she will not be able to score points.
With very few rules, but with a lot to offer, Samoa is a perfect game to play with family and friends. And don't go by the recommended age on the box... To adapt the level of difficulty to the playing group, the rules offer some adjustments to the rules so that younger players can enjoy the experience.
Samoa is one of the new titles in Devir's pocket collection, a line of small-format, low-cost games that are ideal to take anywhere. Will you be able to outwit your opponents and dance with the prettiest mask on the beach?