Published by: Bezier Games
# of Players: 2 to 6
New York Slice may have a weird theme on why you are dividing the pizza and wanting certain slices, but the components make the pizza theme shine brightly. The box is pizza box but made with sturdier cardboard than your usual cardboard pizza box and more like your higher end board game box. Each slice is illustrated to look like a slice of pizza minus the number on the slice. Even the back of the slices are illustrated to look like pizza crust. New York Pizza comes with a waiter's check for scoring at the end of the game. This makes scoring very easy at the end of the game and you will not miss any points. The one issues I have with the components is that there is not a decent insert and all the pieces just float around in the box. While I have not seen any damage yet, I worry that over time pieces could get dented or scratched from moving around. The rules are in the form of a menu. This fits the theme perfectly and does not affect understanding the rules at all. The rules for New York Slice are fairly simple so it wont take long to learn and the rule book does a great job explaining everything you need to know. I would say this is one of Bezier's best games component wise for working with the theme and efficiency.
New York Slice is a set collection game played over a varied number of rounds based on player count. The goal in New York Slice is to be the player with the most points at the end of the game. Players will obtain points at the end of the game based on owning the most a slice type, pepperoni eaten, and from some daily specials.
At the start of the game, players will make stacks of 11 slices face down and add a face down Today's Special card. One person will start as the slicer. The slicer will move to the player on the left after each round. The slicer will pick a stack of 11 slices of pizza and flip them over and make them into a full pizza. Once the pizza is formed, you can not change the order of the slices on the pizza. The slicer will then split the pizza into a number of portions equal to the player count. The player to the left of the slicer will have the first choice of which portion to choose. Before dividing up the pizza, the slicer will read aloud the special card. Once they have divided the pizza portions, they will assign that special card to a portion. The player who picks that portion will also get the special card. The slicer will be the last player to pick their portion. Basically they get what everyone else did not want, so be careful to try and balance the portions so you get something decent. Each slice of pizza has a number on it. This number represents the number of slices of that type in the game and also the amount of points you will receive if you have the most at the end of the game. After you have selected your portion you will have to decide to keep a slice or eat a slice. Eating a slice will give you points at the end of the game based on the number of pepperoni on each slice you ate. There are times that you end up with a slice that there is no way for you to have the most of that type and so eating it allows you to earn some points. Once eaten, you can not add it back to your collection for counting types at the end of the game. Likewise, once you add a slice to your collection, you will no longer have the option to eat it. If your portion had the special attached to it, you will use that special if it is an instant one like getting a slice that was discarded before the game started. Other specials will have end game benefits like extra points or a slice type counting as double. By the way, Anchovies are negative points because they are gross. I completely agree with that.
After all the stacks have been portioned out, players will check to see who has the majority of each type of pizza and receive points for that type. Players will receive points for any end game specials that apply and will add the number of eaten pepperoni to your total. Finally, you will subtract points for anchovies because anchovies are gross. The player with the most points wins the game and is the genius of pizza selecting. Everyone's stomach will be losing because you will be dying for real pizza by the end of this game. Seriously.
I am a big fan of set collection games and also enjoy pizza. Normally I would not think those two would ever belong together, but New York Slice proves that it can be blast. New York Slice is definitely on the gateway (lighter) side of difficulty and strategy. However, I found that new ones and ones who are seasoned gamers both highly enjoyed the game. New York Slice was easy to teach, even to new ones in the hobby. Each game plays around 20 to 45 minutes based on player count and decision making. While New York Slice is simple, there is some brain burning when it comes to dividing up the pizza and picking portions. My only worries for the game are that with loose pieces, they may get damaged and that it could feel too much of the same game after playing a bunch. I still really enjoyed it and it is probably my favorite gateway set collection game. New York Slice will make you hungry for real pizza after playing and will make a lot of people hungry to play it again right away. This is a perfect game for the family or one of those nights with the friends where you want a game you can talk around. New York Slice is staying in my collection. Now I just need to go on a diet.
+Components make the theme stand out.
+Easy to teach and learn. May be the best way to teach set collection mechanic
+Picking portions may be brilliant for parenting as well
+Quick fun for a wide audience
-Pieces loose in the box may get damaged over time
-Could feel like your playing the same exact game after a moderate amount of plays
-Will make you hungry for pizza. (even writing this review made me hungry for pizza)