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Acquire

by Hasbro

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  • Payers: 3-6 . . . Ages 12+
  • Setup Time: 5 Minutes . . . Playing Time: 90 Minutes
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • ASIN: B00005EB9Z
  • Item model number: HAS41305
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,999 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

As a powerful tycoon, there are only seven businesses in the world worthy of your attention. Using nothing but your wealth and wits, you must vie against other business superpowers to manipulate construction and capitalize on mergers -- buying, trading, and selling stocks in order to get the greatest return on your investments. Acquire challenges you to pit your resources and resolve against other players in this high-finance game of speculation and strategy!

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He had a group that played every Friday and they always had a blast.
Ellie
The best thing about Acquire is that it is very easy to learn, but nonetheless involves a lot of thinking and strategy.
Patrick M. Hussey
There are 9x12= 108 tiles in this version, the SAME as every other edition of ACQUIRE that I have ever seen.
Eddie H

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By SAW on October 1, 2003
Acquire is one of the most incredible Money-Hotel/Corporation games to be invented! Fast paced, full of surprises! Mergers, takeovers and upsets. NO two games are ever alike and like the stock exchange, you don't know who is the winner until the "bell" rings! The reason this outshines games such as Monopoly, it that ACQUIRE it is truly a "group" game! All the players play until the end and enjoy the fun equally. In Monopoly the goal is to "wipe out" the other players. If you play with six people, eventually four or so are off doing other things. How exciting is it to watch a greedy mogul in the final conquering stages. In Acquire, everyone plays to the bitter end and more often then not, the winner may be decided by a one note difference; talk about suspenseful endings. Strategies that work one time, will vary the next. I enjoy that there is less luck; as in mind-numbing rolling of "casino mentality" dice, and more strategy. In Acquire you always have six options open to you, but will you make the right choice, or did you hold out too long. The result can change the direction of the game for all. Also, the corporation of the most importance or profit margin vary from game to game. In Monopoly, Boardwalk is always Boardwalk and Baltic Ave is always Baltic Ave. I seriously doubt anyone has ever won investing solely on Baltic Ave. Yet in Acquire, the third class corporations may end up on top in one game, while a middle stock may be the dominate one in the next game. Ahhh! Variety is the spice of life! Finally, the best aspect of Acquire is that the game only takes twenty to forty minutes;whereas, Mononoply may go on for days (for some of the players) Yawn!Read more ›
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Eddie H on June 27, 2002
ACQUIRE is a classic financial game. Buy stock and maneuver corporations. Cash in bonuses for being a major stockholder when the mergers happen!
This is the best-looking American edition of this game (it's been printed several times by different publishers here and in Europe), with nice colored headquarters buildings and chunky gray board tiles, with a glossy black board that holds the tiles in place.
The game plays quickly, and is over in about 45 minutes or so. You'll usually be paying attention even when it's not your turn, as your opponents tile placements and stock buys will often affect your plans. Everyone is in the game to the end (no one gets eliminated), and the game usually ends up being pretty close. Sometimes the winner is someone you thought had no chance, but you'll figure out when the winner turned it around during the after-action analysis. Why play Monopoly (which takes about 4 times as long to play) when you can play ACQUIRE, which is at least 4 times as fun and interesting?
P.S. - Someone must be high in Tallahassee. There are 9x12= 108 tiles in this version, the SAME as every other edition of ACQUIRE that I have ever seen. The number of companies and stock certificates are the same, also. So don't worry, this edition has all the standard pieces the previous editions had, and is prettier to boot!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2005
This is a really great game. I can't believe it has flown under my radar for so long. I actually don't play the new "Avalon Hill" version. I prefer the 1960s 3M version, available on Ebay if nowhere else. The 1960s version is quite a bit simpler and doesn't have the gaudy colors and names that the new version has. But basically they are the same game.

There are two main reasons this game is far superior to Monopoly - 1. No dice - that element of chance is not present - there is still some chance, but it is a very level playing field. 2. There is no negotiations like there is in Monopoly. My brothers and I had to stop playing Monopoly after a while because we would fight too much. But we can play Acquire because there are no negotiations! You just build hotels and buy stock. Great game - great fun for the whole family (provided the family is old enough to understand and play well - I suggest 14 and up).

Another great game is Settlers of Catan, and though it does have dice and negotiations, it is a very good game too.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Patrick M. Hussey on December 19, 2001
The best thing about Acquire is that it is very easy to learn, but nonetheless involves a lot of thinking and strategy. This is unusual for strategy games - most of them tend to involve lots of rules and so players get bogged down or scared away. But not with Acquire. You will actually get new players regularly, and old players keep coming back. Games are short (45-60 minutes), which is another big plus.
It is the best multiplayer game that is popular among non-gamers. I cannot speak highly enough of this game - you will soon find yourself thinking like a financial strategist and corporate bigwig. If they had an online version of it, I would play every day. Try to get it used, since the price tag is high, but be sure to get one with the plastic pieces. This new version by Hasbro is GREAT! Buy it today.
If you want to see me rip Hasbro for putting out horrible expansion sets for Axis & Allies, please go to the reviews for A&A Europe and A&A Pacific to read my thoughts there. Quite the opposite of this review!
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