The life of a cattle baron may seem like it’s all blue skies and steak dinners, but to be the greatest rancher requires a keen business sense and ruthless efficiency.

In El Gaucho, you are a cattle baron in search of the most stately cattle there is, training your gauchos at rodeos before sending them out onto the while blue yonder to wrangle the strongest cows and bring them back to you. Rival ranchers will try to poach your prized bovine from under your nose, however, so you’ll have to get your hands dirty by pilfering their cattle or abducting their animals before you head on home to sort your cattle and sell them for more Pesos than you can imagine.

El Gaucho, from noted designer Arve D. Fühler, is all about smartly placing your workers and collecting the strongest cattle, all while doing what you can to stop the other players from doing the same. The game moves at a quick pace, too, with game times averaging around an hour.

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Zee Garcia ( The Dice Tower), reviews El Gaucho.