Cargo Noir is an auction game that shines because it manages to turn very simple rules into engaging and highly tactical gameplay. It provides a much deeper experience than the rules imply and once the player know how to evaluate the value of the lots they are bidding on, it can be extremely competitive (and thus fun).
A good gateway game, 2-5 players play crime families scrambling to get their hands on smuggled goods. Players go to different ports to outbid their opponents for contraband like jewels, ivory and uranium and place them into their warehouses. These items are then cashed in for things that would help the player in the game or items that would boost the player's victory points. Good game. Give this game some props!