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Bora Bora Strategy Board Game
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- Contents: 1 game board, 4 player boards, 250+ tiles, 100+ wooden pieces, 60 cards, 12 dice, detailed colored instructions
- 2-4 players
- Playing Time: 60-120 minutes
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When I opened the box, the first thing I noticed was that the game is visually stunning. The colors are beautiful, and the pictures are intricate and gorgeous.
The second thing I noticed was that there are NO words on the game board. None. While this makes the game easy to market internationally, it can complicate learning the rules.
So, with that said, it is a typical Stefan Feld dice game. If you have played "Castles of Burgundy," then many aspects of "Bora Bora" will seem familiar. Each player gets a mini game board, in addition to the central shared board, and the actions each player can take on his or her turn are based on the numbers rolled on the three dice. There are a lot of "games within the game" and pieces to keep track of, but again, this is pretty typical for Stefan Feld's games and some other eurogames.
Even though this game is beautiful and fun once you learn the rules, learning the game play is non-trivial, even for seasoned board gamers. When three of my friends and I sat down to play for the first time, it was almost a disaster - it took so long to get through the rules that we had a lot of trouble even making it through two rounds (there are six rounds in a full-length game). It was so hard for all of us to try to follow one book of rules that I tried to struggle through the French instructions to help. My recommendation is to have at least one player read through the rules completely ahead of time (there is a PDF version on Board Game Geek) so someone can "lead the way" while everyone else learns along.Read more ›
Despite how colorful and pretty this game is to look at, Bora Bora is by no means an easy or light game, and I would say calling it "medium" might be a bit of a stretch. If it is, I'd say it was on the far end of what constitutes a medium or "middle-weight" game. There is a LOT of stuff going on (possibly too much), a lot of hard choices, and the poorly organized rulebook doesn't do it any favors. Unless someone knows the rules well and can teach it, most people will tear their hair out in frustration and never get past the first round.Read more ›
Bora Bora is one we just learned last weekend. It's important to know that we really like Stefan Feld games (as you see above) and worker placement games. Trajan and Bruges are one our "to-learn" list. And, I really want to go to Bora Bora! ha.
Now, Bora Bora is definitely a brain-burner to learn. Not unlike Castles of Burgundy. We ended up learning it in an afternoon (after reading the manual, setting it up, rereading the manual, realizing we didn't have time to learn it/play it and moving on to one we already knew for a few days). It took some dedication (finally took advantage of nap time after the third day of procrastinating!). After our first play we had most of the rules panned out and understood the concepts. We immediately wanted to play it again and, I'd say it took us about three play throughs to understand it all and be clear.
We definitely both want to play this one over and over. One of our new favs!! Very rewarding. Lots of strategy and different ways to play. There is a lot going on but it all makes sense. It's really fun!!! I am very glad we gave it a go and finally learned it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The game is okay. One of the main problems, is the amount of time it takes to set up. Once you take the time to learn the game, it sounds fascinating.... until you play it. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Dezi
Very fun game. A little deeper than the Catan and Ticket to Ride. Fun game to play 2-players.Published 2 months ago by Scott
The man and woman builder tiles are too overpowered, but fun and beautifulPublished 5 months ago by Michael Langford
This is probably my No. 2 favorite game right now (behind Le Havre). Great graphics. Awesome game play. Read morePublished 5 months ago by P.J.
My family and I really enjoy playing this game. This is probably in our top 15 games we own.Published 12 months ago by ashpash
We've had great fun playing Bora Bora in my household. The game has a very nice mix of Eurogame mechanics and American dice rolling. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eric A. Evans
Bora Bora has a lot going for it: beautiful design, lots of decision-making, well-scaled two-player rules, and interesting mechanics. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Meredith Mattingly