Such a fun little time-filler game. So simple yet extremely fun to set up and play. The game kind of plays itself a little once you learn how to manipulate the card system (ie. play as many cards as you can every turn - refreshing your hand is the key to winning on a consistant basis). Still, it's mindless fun and was a good purchase. There are enough variants in the rule book to challenge you once you become good. Great "gateway" game for non-gamers.
Better than Pandemic in my opinion. Easier to set up, quicker to play, without all the frustrations of Pandemic. I always feel like I am at the mercy of the game mechanics in Pandemic, where Forbidden Island makes me feel like I am a tad bit more in control.
I think out of Agricola, Gates of Loyang and this, Le Havre might still be my favorite Uwe game. All three games have similair mechanics to them, but there is just something more forgiving in Le Havre that makes it appealing for me. Again, it's one of those games that is incredibly simple to learn and play, but extremely in depth and rewarding to discover once you decide your path and follow it to it's end game.