Cloud 9 reminds me of Diamant - the mechanics are similar and both come with gorgeous components. However, my daughter much prefers Cloud 9 due to the very friendly theme (and lack of snakes). It is a great game to play with children and still interesting for adults.
This is a hit with the whole family! The concept is simple enough for some of the younger crowd to play and have fun. But there are tough decisions in the game that create tension enough for the adults to have a blast. Just when you think you have a solid win, the others do the impossible and push the balloon up to Colud 9! Great game.