Festivities are upcoming and this calls for cakes to be baked! To bake a cake is easy - you simply put together layers, fillings and toppings. But wait, you need ingredients and kitchen tools to prepare the parts. Moreover, you are not alone in the kitchen. Maybe you should take their ingredients? Maybe you should use their kitchen tools? Or maybe you should simply forget about the cake and eat the ingredients instead?
In Bake the Cake!, the players both cooperate and compete to bake the best cake. Players score by buying ingredients, preparing parts and baking cakes. Although the cakes belong to specific players, the players may freely use each others' ingredients and parts to bake them. All players participating in a cake will score but only when it is completed and only if the cake wins the final contest.
Bake the Cake! is not about baking your own cake first but rather contribute most to the winning cake. To stop other players, you may take the ingredients they want, use the kitchen tools they need and even eat their ingredients (but not too many or you will get a stomache ache).
The gameplay is quick and intensive as the players fight to get hold of the ingredients and the tools, not unlike what it would be in a real kitchen with too many bakers. Behind the playful theme hides a tactical game where each player must play her cards well to spread her colors to all cakes and at the same get as many other players to them as possible. Please don't try the game recipes at home and don't eat the winning cake!
"This results in a gameplay that is very unpredictable and, some would say, chaotic. Planning may at first seems futile as an ingredient you pick may end up on another player's cake before it's your turn again. However, the challenge lies in understanding how the other players will react to your actions and act adapt your plan accordingly. The game provides several small tactical tricks, such as the blocking actions mentioned above, to force them into your plan. The key to victory is to have the other players play in a way that benefits you."
My name is Nicholas Hjelmberg and I am a hobby gamer since childhood. Starting with classic games
like chess and RISK, I moved on to explore "American" games like Diplomacy and Civilization and then
"Euro games" like Settlers and Tigris & Euphrates. Combining my game experience with my history
interest and IT and quality profession, I have entered the exciting world of board game design