PARKS: First Impressions
Wow. This is a very pretty game with great art, great storage, and solid gameplay. Now, I've only played once so my first impressions should be taken with a grain of salt.
First of all this is an easy game to play. It took me 5 minutes or less to explain the rules to my wife and 8 year old son and they were able to engage it fairly well. We played fairly fast due to some events for my wife this evening so I think a normal game would take about as long as a game of Wingspan. The turn to turn decision making is relatively easy although you do have several choices.
Each season you will lay out about six basic trail tile +1 one advanced trail tile add each season (including one during the first season). Each turn you move one of your two hikers along the trail to an empty trail space or use your campfire to occupy a space another hiker is using (including your own I believe). You gain something generally (sun, water, tree, mountain, or wildlife) which are use to "visit" national parks by paying the required resources for that park.
Additionally you can buy gear and attain "canteens" that make the parks cheaper to visit or give you other bonuses during the game. You can also "take photos" at the Vista trail spot that give you a point during endgame scoring.
All in all I'd say this game is about a difficult as Century Spice Road but a bit more fun due to the art and way you manage resources. It will take a few months to know for sure but I can see this hitting the table as much as Wingspan this year. My wife liked the friendly nature of the game as there is no stealing or resources or ganking parks from people.
It's just a walk in the park...