07 December 2007

Review: Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is one of the most complicated board games we play. I feel like I can't even begin to describe it to you, but I will attempt nonetheless. The overall goal is to earn victory points. To do that, you have to load goods onto ships. To produce goods, you have to build settlements, provide employees to work the settlements, and build factories with employees to work at the factories. Plus you sell your goods to get money, which you use to buy factories and buildings that give you certain privileges.

That is a really simplistic description of this rather complicated, but extremely fun game. This might be my favorite board game these days. There is a lot of strategy involved, and some luck. Unlike other games, you really can't have the same strategy every time. You have to vary it according to the other players' strategies.

Puerto Rico is pretty intense and competitive, but it doesn't cause nearly the contention that Tigris and Euphrates does, perhaps because it is not a game of warring states.

The game is meant for 2-5 players. It takes 1-2 hours.

1 comment:

One Smart Cookie said...

This sounds like my type of game! I am excited that you do reviews of board games that you like/don't like because sometimes it's hard to know what is good until you buy it.

Do you have any suggestions for any DVD type games? I bought the 24 DVD game on a whim and it was really fun, but now I want more. The Scene It games don't seem to be a good option for us since we are really bad at them but I was hoping to find something else.