To earn your living as an artist - that would really be something. But what can you do if you're not creative?
In Final Touch, players hire themselves out as art forgers willing to copy the masterworks of great artists, with all of them competing to create - or rather, re-create - the same image. But only the player who uses the right colors to finish the image will receive money for their work, and this skill is sure to reveal the best painter... or the best bluffer...
In more detail, players play "Touch of Color" cards from their hand to either improve or smear the forgery, working both together and against their fellow painters. The first player to put the final touch on any forgery in the making earns the money for that forgery, while smearing pays out to their opponents and moves them on to the larger paydays. The first artist to earn $25 by putting the final touch of paint on a forged painting wins!
I have a friend who when we are over for dinner we have an afternoon of board games or card games before dinner. Sometimes it is good to try something new so when my friend suggested this game I thought "why not? it looks easy enough". I learn new things by trying/playing and not always by reading the rules so when my poor friend started explaining it did take a few rounds before I really understood the game.
It is easy enough to follow once you have tried a bit but that might be because I was drop dead tired after a long day at work. My ASD daughter watched us have a few rounds before being game enough to give it a go and then asked me to buy a copy for us to play at home, she loves patterns and routines and she could understand that you have to collect patterns so she was happy with this game. My boys have tried this game and found it a bit too easy but when you only want a short game and not a thinking game then this is the preferred choice.
I would recommend this game for young families, it is simple to play and short enough that the kids don't get bored and lose interest.
My kids had recently been looking at book where you had famous works of art and then a funny version of them, the kids then created their own versions of the artworks, so when this was spotted by my eldest, all three kids agreed it was one that we should get. The premise is nice and simple, the game itself very quick and easy to learn. Two players is the easiest version when it comes to scoring, smear a painting three times and your opponent gets the points. When you have three players, if you place the final smear on the painting then both of your opponents get the points. When four people play, you are essentially in two teams of two, with your cards being added together, so if the painting is smeared, once again you are helping out your enemy.
What I particularly like is that all the artworks being forged are all based upon real counterparts, so you get Girl with the Pearl Earring, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, The Scream and many more. The cards are nice and sturdy, the large, painting cards show the pattern you need to recreate nice and clearly, the small cards can feel a little odd at first to the adult hand, but all that is on them is a shape and a colour (which is helpful for making it easier to spot what card is needed), so they don't feel overcrowded at all, just nice and simple. There are times when the goal of $25 feels really low and short, but it equals out with the number of times you just don't get the cards that you need, as smeared artwork are worth half the points.
This is a fun little game and it doesn't hurt it that it also provides a learning opportunity should you wish to show your kids the real deal.
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