In the tile-laying game Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King, 2-5 players are chieftains of famous clans and want to build their kingdoms to score as many points as possible — but in each game only four of the sixteen scoring tiles will be scored.
Thanks to the scoring tiles, each game is different and leads to different tactics and strategies, but having enough money is useful no matter what else is going on. Managing that money can be tricky, though. Each turn, each player places two area tiles in front of them and sets the selling price for the tiles. Setting a high price is great, but only so long as someone actually pays the price because if no one opts to buy, then the seller must buy the tiles at the price they previously requested.
In the end, the player with the best kingdom — and not the richest player — becomes the sovereign of the island. Good introduction game, easy to learn, with shades of Carcassonne and Love Letter. For 2-5 players, ages 8 and up. Allow 60 minutes to play.
If your German is any good, this video overview explains the game from the perspective of the 2016 Kennerspiel des Jahres (connoisseur/expert game of the year) award panel, which Isle of Skye won.
Or, watch the Shut Up and Sit Down review here: