Each summer in Portugal, neighborhoods host a traditional street celebration where both locals and visitors enjoy food, drink, and fun in old neighborhoods decorated with arches, balloons, and music. These celebrations are the inspiration for the game Arraial, which features Tetris-like tile placement and a rotating game board.
Arraial was created by Nuno Sentieiro and Paulo Soledade, the design team behind Nippon (see “‘Nippon’ and Signorie, From What’s Your Game?”) and both contributors to Panamax (see “‘Panamax’ & ‘Kanban: Automotive Revolution’”). The game was produced by Mebo Games of Portugal, which will premiere it at the Spiel fair in Essen, Germany later this month.
The release date for the game in the U.S. and its MSRP have not yet been announced.
Pandasaurus also plans to release a “legacy” version of Masao Suganuma’s Machi Koro in the spring (see “‘Machi Koro Legacy’”).