Review: Piece of Pie
Piece of Pie is a quick-playing drafting game for families. In this game, players take turns choosing slices from the pies available in a central tableau. As they create their own delicacies, players try to fulfill objectives and score the most points. Like many games from Blue Orange, Piece of Pie is accessible to kids, but offers gameplay that adults can enjoy as well.
Not to be confused with the similarly-titled Piece o’ Cake, Piece of Pie is a new game from Blue Orange about drafting delicious desserts. The goal of the game is to earn the most points, and players do this by completing objectives. Throughout the game, each player constructs their own pie from the pieces they select, and these pies are scored at the end based on their contents and arrangement.
At the start of the game, the pie pieces are mixed up and flipped over to randomly create 3 or 4 pies, according to the number of players.
A small disc is placed in the middle, with arrows that point to a piece of each pie. These are the first pieces available to be drafted. As soon as the first piece of a pie has been claimed, the 2 adjacent pieces become available, and for the rest of the game, players must always choose from the 2 “edge pieces” if they wish to draft from that pie.
During setup, players also display the purple card, which remains the same every game, as well as a randomly-chosen blue and a randomly-chosen green card.
Collectively, these cards determine how the scoring will work for the game. As the purple card indicates, players can always earn:
- 1 point per slice with chocolate shavings
- 3 points for every 2 adjacent slices with whipped cream
- 5 points for every set of 3 symbols
As shown on the blue and green cards, in this particular game, players can also earn:
- 4 points per set of 4 different slices
- 4 points for every 3 pieces of the same type next to each other
Each player additionally receives a secret card showing a particular type of pie. At the end of the game, each slice of that type earns the player 1 point.
With these scoring criteria in mind, players take turns drafting slices and forming their own individual pies. When all the pieces have been claimed, the points are tallied. As an example of how scoring might look:
This player earns:
- 3 points for the 3 pieces with chocolate shavings
- 3 points for the 2 adjacent slices with whipped cream
- 5 points for having a complete set of symbols
- 4 points for having a set of all 4 types of pie
- 8 points for having 3 pieces of the same type next to each twice
- 3 points for the pieces matching her secret objective card
After scores have been totaled, the player with the most points wins!
Piece of Pie is a very nice drafting game. It takes 10 minutes or less to play, so it’s easy to play several rounds back-to-back; if players want, they can even keep a running point total between games! In true Blue Orange fashion, this game manages to be simple enough that kids can understand it, but strategic enough that adults and gamers can enjoy it, too.
The game’s production is attractive. The tiles are easy to distinguish, the iconography is intuitive, and the pies look delicious. I love that the game box is made to look like an actual pie box; it’s cute and thematic.
I especially enjoy Piece of Pie as a 2-player game. At this count, the players make 2 pies each, which gives them twice the decision potential. It certainly works well with 3 or 4, I just prefer it with 2.
All told, I recommend Piece of Pie for families and fans of lightweight drafting games. It’s a lot of fun. (Just don’t eat the pieces. They may look appetizing, but trust me, they don’t taste good.)
A review copy was provided by Blue Orange Games.
The Bottom Line
Piece of Pie is an enjoyable game. Recommended for families and fans of lightweight drafting games.