Another clever game from Kris Gould, Fruit Fair is fairly light, but still offers players a challenge. Each turn, you assign your workers between the four fruits available to harvest fruit or plant new ones. Fruit can be turned in to win prizes (which is where most of your victory points will come from) or to hire extra workers. However, the player with the most of each fruit will get a special ability for the next turn, so there's a good reason to hang on to some fruit, too.
The special abilities are key to the game. Your position in the turn order is important and controlled by one of the abilities. Another gives you a discount on prizes, while the others give you an extra worker or flexibility in arranging them. The big, bold artwork makes the game look like it's aimed at children, but the mechanics are cleverer than that. Good stuff.
For 3-5 players, aged 10+, playing time 60 minutes: £15.00 Clearance price £7.50 (£6.25 tax-free outside the EU) – or make me an offer....