Arraial is a tile-laying game where players create a diverse party and compete to attract visitors.
“Arraial” is the name given to traditional Portuguese summer celebrations during which people take to the streets eating, drinking, and having fun in the old neighborhoods that are bedecked with arches, colorful balloons, popular music, and the aroma of sweet basil. [source]
Arraial is published by MEBO Games, designed by Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro and Paulo Soledade (who have also designed Madeira and Nippon), and features art by Nuno Saraiva. Its a game aimed at families and supports 1-4 players, aged 8+, and plays in about 30 mins.
In Arraial, players take turns placing tiles in their neighborhood with tiles which fit perfectly with previously placed tiles. The central board, from which players obtain their tiles, rotates, which means that a player’s position at the table has an impact on game play.
Tom Vasel really enjoyed the game, even though he was unsure of it when it debuted on Dice Tower Tonight, and you can see his review to see why he said, “The game is fast, it’s simple, it’s fun. I actually like it better than Uwe [Rosenberg]’s entire trilogy. I like it better than Cottage Garden, Indian Summer and Spring Meadow. I just like this one alot.”
If you’re fortunate enough to make it to Essen Spiel 2018, you can get Arraial from Portugese publisher Mebo games, and from Pandasaurus Games early next year.