Simple and elegant
This is considered a gateway game, and probably one of the best of the classic ones. Don't expect everything to go as you plan. Yes there might be randomness in the cards, but it's how you position yourself to the competition. This plays well for any age. I saw a 7 year-old kid and a group of 60+ women play this over and over.
Good for 2 players. Best with 4.
Invest-and-build, strategic-economy, gem-hoarding-combo game. Perfect for 2-4 players. My wife and I play this game every weekend. I always lose because she's an economist.
Beauty in Simplicity
Splendor is a game about collecting resources in order to collect more resources in order to score Prestige. That's really it.. Its major draws are its use of actual poker chips as pieces and the very fine artwork and production values that obviously went into the making of this game. In terms of innovation it is nothing new. Games of similar sort have appeared over the years but the presentation of this one just catches one's eye as a must have for casual players. Abstract games like this with only an excuse of a theme severely turn me off, but I will not deny the reason why people seem to love this game: It is easy to set-up. Easy to teach. Easy to learn. And easy to enjoy. Because every playthrough is determined by 3 random decks of cards, there is no overall game strategy and there are still chances for newbies to beat veterans of the craft. To put it simply, this game has a little bit of appeal for everyone save for the most hardcore of war gamers who might be looking for a little more umph in their tactics. With that said, the question of buying Splendor often boils down to whether or not you can see inherent replays with such a simple concept. Do you see it as something you'd be playing regularly or is it something that you'd rather just play in a cafe or in someone's place on a boring Sunday Afternoon?