While it’s fun to play involved, conflict heavy game – sometimes it’s just as fun to settle down with a classic. And Azul has established itself as one for a reason. A fundamentally solitaire experience, play involves unpacking a puzzle where you take and discard tiles to fill your player-board, with dropped items resulting in an increasingly crippling penalty. Oh, and when we said it was solitaire…we kind of lied. While there is zero direct player interaction, Azul quickly devolves into the most passive-aggressive game in experience as you nudge and cajole other players into making draws that back them into a corner until the both of you are neck and neck while, thematically, surrounded by shattered tile. And with light rules, an easy teach, and a short playtime; it’s only a matter of time until you break it out over a glass of wine and a cold winter’s night.