Game play in Coloretto is simple: Either draw a card to play to a row, or take a row of cards to add them to your collection. A row can have at most three cards, so at some point everyone is forced to take a row. Once all the rows have been claimed, players start a new round, drawing or taking once again.
What are you trying to do with these cards? Collect huge sets - but only in three colours as every colour beyond the third will cost you points. Jokers are highly-prized as they always match what you want, and +2 cards provide sure points, giving you a back-up plan if everything goes south in terms of the colours you're collecting.
Once only a few cards remain in the deck, the round ends and everyone tallies their score, choosing three colours of cards to score positively while any other colours count against you. Each colour is scored using a triangular number system: the first card in a colour is ±1 point, the second card is ±2 points, and so on. The player with the high score wins!
A two-player variant is included with some versions of Coloretto, with the only change being that rows can have only 1-3 cards placed in them, depending on the icons on the row cards.
Awards & Honours
2019 5 Seasons Best International Family Game Nominee
2011 Ludo Award Best Card Game Editor's Choice Winner
2004 Hra roku Nominee
2003 Spiel des Jahres Recommended
2003 Japan Boardgame Prize Best Foreign Game for Beginners Winner
2003 Japan Boardgame Prize Best Foreign Game for Beginners Nominee
2003 International Gamers Awards - General Strategy; Multi-player Nominee
2003 Fairplay À la carte Winner