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Family Business


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  • Card game for 2-6 players
  • Resource management game
  • Takes about 45 minutes to play
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B001HBJ41C
  • Item model number: MFG4401
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 10 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,951 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Be the boss in this fast-paced card game of survival on the mean streets. "Family Business" pits mobsters against each other - all working to make sure theirs is the last family standing. Your gang members get placed on the Hit List. Can your "Family Influence" save them? Will they "Take it on the Lam", seek "Police Protection", or perhaps up the ante with a "Double Contract"? Family Business is fast, furious, and fun. Your goal is survival. What's in the cards for your game?

Product Description

Be the boss in this fast-paced card game of survival on the mean streets. "Family Business" pits mobsters against each other - all working to make sure theirs is the last family standing. Your gang members get placed on the Hit List. Can your "Family Influence" save them? Will they "Take it on the Lam", seek "Police Protection", or perhaps up the ante with a "Double Contract"? Family Business is fast, furious, and fun. Your goal is survival. What's in the cards for your game?

Recommended Ages:6 – 10

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Very simple and easy to play.
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My friends and I now play this game at every game night.
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A great and fun game to play with a group of friends.
Luis F. Sosa Romero

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Hyacinth on July 17, 2009
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My family, friends and I have been playing this fast-paced, easy-to-learn game for over twenty years and it's always our first choice for company.

Each player gets a "mob" of nine gangsters and a hand of cards that play dastardly tricks on the other guys -- or defend their own guys from attack. Attacked mobsters go on a "Hit List" and can be rescued until a mob war rubs them out.

Throw in special cards that cause double-rate wars, Ambush attacks, turn stealing, and a Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, and the result is a game of surprising strategy and quick reverses, where even a fairly young player can win.

My favorite aspect of this game is its "self leveling" nature. Any player who starts to fall behind becomes a weak target, meaning it's in the stronger players' interest to attack somebody else. People rarely feel picked on (except in fun) and there's no long dusty road to defeat.

Although gameplay can be complicated, the cards all have hints printed on them to remind players what they do, meaning even new players can jump in with gats blazing.

But don't forget your cement overshoes!

[UPDATE 8/09 - Although we still love this game, my family and I are NOT thrilled with the latest edition, which has been redesigned with cluttered graphics and a blocky hard-to-read font that detract from gameplay. Bring back the older (or at least a more legible) verision!!]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Smith on May 9, 2011
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My friends and I now play this game at every game night. It is easy to setup and very fun to play. One word of warning, this game leads to some of the most heated moments we have during our game nights. While other games end with an, "ok, let's add up the scores and see who won." This one ends with every screaming, "Oh man, I was so close! You are going down next time." and other various curses. I highly recommend this game.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MVV on January 3, 2012
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I played the game for the first time in early December and ordered a copy right away. It's easy to learn and provides a great combination of things needed for a worthwhile game:

1. It doesn't take forever. You end up playing 3 or 4 rounds at a sitting because as soon as it's over, everyone wants to play it again.
2. It provides just the right amount of strategy combined with some luck of the draw.
3. It stimulates a lot of fun interaction between players. You're killing each other off. No hard feelings!
4. The artwork is great. I catch myself wondering who I know who looks like one of the gangsters.
5. You never know who is going to win until the last play. You don't want to jump out in the lead too early, or else you'll become everyone's target. The game intensifies towards the end and then it often ends with a bang, usually with a surprise. Great stuff.

I've played it with all ages and it's fun to watch the demeanor of someone new to the game. They catch on and it's satisfying to see them get into it pretty quickly. I've played it in tandem with some other award winning games and you can see the energy level go up with this one.

I've been surprised to find that this game is way down the list in terms of favorites or best-sellers. No awards, not even nominations for awards. I have collected a number of strategy games over the years and have often bought them based on awards, sales history, favorites, and web recommendations. I never would have given this one a thought if I hadn't played it first. It's a good one.

MVV
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bweemes on September 19, 2012
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Just bought this game not too long ago and it has risen quite quickly to a place of honor on my game shelves. I love the mechanics of this game, the theme, the gameplay, the quickness, the chaos, the back-stabbing, and everything else that goes into keeping my mobsters alive while trying to kill all of yours. It is just fun. The theme might be a little bit dark for some families, but this is a great large group game. Play with people who don't get their feelings hurt easily because there is a lot of intentionally hurting other players and possibly causing them to be out of the game. I love this game though and my gaming group loves it, I can't ask for more than that. I am keeping it in my collection for sure.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JC on June 13, 2009
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First of all, parents, this game has almost no educational value, unless your child is planning on becoming part of the mafia. This game is very addicting, and all games are hilarious to play. The more people the better, and even beginners can win. This is a must buy for kids and adults 12 and over!
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This a wonderful game. I purchased this off a recommendation online and my friends and family have greatly enjoyed it. The rules are very simple and easy to understand. It does not take a long time to play so those that have a hard time with sitting to long are able to play and enjoy it. In a way, it reminds my of guillotine but instead of trying to just kill characters you are trying to save your mob as well. I highly recommend this game.
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This game is quick to learn, and the theme and artwork nicely draw you in. Each game is fast and easy, with unexpected twists and turns. But the creative artwork reminds you that this is only a game, and mob crime is not a goal for the real world, so it's good for family play too. My local game group winds up playing this as a favorite, one game after another!
This is a vast improvement over the previous 2nd edition of this game. The cards now have pictures and clues on them which tell which cards interact with which and how, so you don't have to keep interrupting game play and scanning through the rules like in the previous edition. My only complaint is that the box is much bigger, which means the game is not as portable.
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