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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

by Andreas Seyfarth
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Games
Current Retail Price: $44.95

If you're looking for a politically correct game, this probably isn't the best choice. That may be an overstatement, but consider the premise—your job is to get rich managing your very own plantation. Of course, none of the potentially problematic elements of such a scenario are included, and Puerto Rico ends up being a great game for strategists that you can play with anyone free of shame or embarrassment.

The goal is profit. This is primarily accomplished through shipping items like indigo, tobacco, sugar, corn and coffee back to Europe, though simply getting your goods on a ship is only a small part of gameplay. Players grow and store crops, construct and maintain buildings, deploy colonists, and sell, sell, sell.

Unlike many agriculture and trade based games, Puerto Rico allows you to complete each turn's phases in whatever order you want. When your preliminary turn rolls around, you pick a "role," and when your actual turn is underweigh your role for that round helps you accomplish what you need to become the fattest fat cat in the whole New World.

Well, the whole South Atlantic New World, anyway. If it's pure historical accuracy you want you're bound to be disappointed, but for logic, planning and strategy (with some cutthroat spice thrown in for good measure) Puerto Rico's hard to beat. Setup is easy, gameplay isn't difficult once you get the hang of it, and replay value is exceptionally high for a game about raising healthy corn plants.

  • 3-5 Players (2 player variant possible)
  • 90 Minutes
  • Ages 12+
Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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  Lots of Fun!
Hannah F. of Oregon, 11/3/2011
This game has plenty of planning and strategy elements, without being one of those games that takes 3 hours to play! You have the satisfaction of watching your shipping business grow and bring you money and victory points, but there are not too many little fiddly pieces. There are many routes to winning, but you have to keep an eye on the other players, and keep your strategy up-to-date with their moves, or you will get left behind! This takes a little bit of time to set up, but only about 1 hour to play. This is currently in my top 10 favorite games to play with my husband.
  Fabulous!
Matt Winckler of WA, 3/2/2011
I enjoy every play of this game. It moves quickly, allows you to follow through on strategies, and has a fun element of trying to predict what other players are going to do in order to formulate your own moves. Really the only consistent drawback to this game that I see is in teaching new players, the amount of text on the buildings can be tough to absorb. However, it's really not that bad to stumble through a game or two and pick it up.