Review: Cucina Curiosa – cookery college


The kitchens on the boats are renowned for fish specialties. But in order for people to enjoy it, there is also a very good chef needed. And here is the moment, when all the players com in through the board game , which was published by . The author is and illustrations were made by and . It was released in .

On the lid we can see the kitchen, where all the greatest delicacies are prepared. The slightly bigger box then hides four boards for the players with the positions prepared for building pieces of the kitchen. To do this, individual opponents will also have one set of kitchen tiles arranged according by the color on the back. While one of players shuffles tiles and creates a drawing deck for him, the other payers can spread tiles with images up. They will soon be searching through them.

Starting player reveals the top tile of his deck, shows it to the others and everybody finds the same one among his uncovered pieces. Then he places it freely on his game board anywhere he likes. Players will use sixteen of twenty tiles to create their kitchens.


By laying tiles, all players strive to create paths across the kitchen. This is because each plan has one entrance to the kitchen below and it is necessary to keep cook access to lobsters. Each such lobster, which is available through the paths from the entrance, will bring its owner a victory point. The same applies to guest pictures. However, on the contrary, any fish bone remaining near the paths will deduct two points from the total score! Final scoring counts not only with guests, fish and crabs from the tiles, but also those printed on the game board from the start. And whoever gets the most points will become the winner.

Cucina Curiosa offers you kitchens just the way we like them. No coincidence and a superbly looking presentation. Unfortunately, the game does not come with this option first. Karuba () has done it all better and has been on the market for some time now. Probably both games were in preparation at the same time, but the adventurous version was a bit more successful in our judgment.

That’s because this theme is not as tempting. Additionally, the pictures on the pieces are firmly printed, although they can be rotated freely. Players on the map create paths for chefs and try to get as many points as possible by combining lobsters and hungry guests. And those options are just a drop less, that they could be.


But the very charm of choosing the same tiles and trying to get the best place is just enough to make Cucina Curiosa super fun. And it really works. While players do not have this option, they only need sixteen tiles every game. This means a quick game (about twenty minutes) and including setup itself for splitting pieces.

Players each have their own board and fight more with themselves and their own abilities. That’s why it’s not a matter of whether you’re fighting in two, three or four. The game is always the same. Fortunately, the look and appearance of the kitchen differs, so fortunately you do not have to worry about the overall impression.


Plates are pretty similar and sometimes it’s easy to make a mistake, when searching for them. Players therefore must be careful not to cheat (unwillingly). Thanks to that, the game really has a cooking taste at the end. The possibility of rotation ensures that players can choose from a range of options each round. Options number is still increasing in the next rounds, when some of the tiles are already on the plan. They all should be well connected to the rest.

Because of the great emphasis on the overview, it is quite difficult and schoolchildren can not manage it well. It is better to delay playing fishes and start training with eight-year-olds, who will be able to deal with all of the placement options.


Cucina Curiosa does not come up first with the idea of all players placing the same tiles on the board. Still, it still brings us mechanism that we enjoy and you will too. Scoring is simple, images are clearly printed, making the game quite simple and nicelooking. Cucina Curiosa will surely find your fans thanks to the underwater theme and fast game time.

DesignerReiner Knizia
ArtistAndrea Hofbeck, Fabia Zobel
PublisherNoris Spiele
Year Published2015
# of Players1 - 4
User Suggested # of Players Best with 4 players
Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4 players
(4 voters)
Playing Time30
Mfg Suggested Ages8 and up
User Suggested Ages6 and up
(2 voters)
Language DependenceNo necessary in-game text
(1 voters)
MechanicNetwork and Route Building, Pattern Building, Tile Placement
FamilyTheme: Food / Cooking
Primary NameCucina Curiosa

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Review: Cucina Curiosa – cookery college
Final word
Cucina Curiosa will send the player to the kitchen where they will have to worry about the best placement of tables. But at the same time, players must also serve guests and distribute them a lobster treat. They do all of this by building up the plates and making them run. They have to link the right pictures to get points. But everyone has the same part in each round and it is up to them to place them as they like, but in the best position possible. The same chances guarantee an exciting course, but it also maintains short game time. Cucina Curiosa has an interesting name, theme, and good gameplay.
Reader Rating0 Votes
only sixteen tiles = speed
excellent mechanism (all players have the same options)
negative points
variable match
similar games are already on the market
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