CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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- The cleverest player will build well and win
- For 2-4 players
- Great strategy game
- Tons of replay value
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Why do I like this game?
It can be played with TWO people. Yes, it may not be quite as exciting with two people (as it is with three or four), but it is still fun. I will say, however, that it is nice to vary the number of people you play with. Four people is fun in a way that three is not. Three is fun in a way two is not. There are cards that get played a lot more often in larger games, and the strategy changes based on the number of people you have. For example, with four people you are almost always trading your goods each round, so it is important to build a strong economy. (This is not as important with two or three players, where building might be your priority).
This game doesn't require any special equipment -like a board- and it is very portable. (You might even be able to play it on a plane.)
The games last about 45 minutes (at the longest) so you really can get a quick play in before moving on to something else. There are no worries that the game is going to go on forever. Basically, the game ends when ANYONE has built 12 buildings, so no matter how complex a strategy you have, if you don't hurry it up and time it to coincide with the quickest builder in your gaming party, you might lose.
Another thing that makes it fun: You DON'T keep score during the game (like with Scrabble or Hearts), so you don't really know how you are doing during the game.Read more ›
San Juan is the card game version of "Puerto Rico" by Rio Grande Games. We purchased "San Juan" because it can be played with 2-4 players, and we often only have two people available to play.
The concept is loosely based on the idea that you are in San Juan, Puerto Rico. You are building manufacturing facilities to produce goods such as indigo, sugar, tobacco, coffee, and silver. Also, you may build other privileges or benefits as an owner - for example, you might choose to build a Quarry, which allows you to build certain types of buildings for a lower price. As your manufacturing facilities produce goods, you trade them on the market, make more "money", and build more buildings.
It's difficult to explain the basic concept without being able to show you the cards, but it is a very easy game to learn. We have taught several people the game within about 10 minutes, and after we've played one round, they understand it well.
This game is surprisingly different every time we play. Strategy is important, but luck does affect the success of whatever strategy you use. Generally speaking, the games are generally very close in score.
A few things we love about this game are:
- once you've played it a couple of times, you can play a game in 20-30 minutes.
- the game seems drastically different whether you play with 2, 3, or 4 players.
- easy setup & cleanup. You need very little table space to play the game.
- it's a very accessible game. People ages 10 and up learn it quickly and enjoy it!
We learned this game first, then we tried "Puerto Rico". You do not need to know one game to understand the other.Read more ›
It is an amazingly simple, strategic, and fun card game. For those who might not have known, it is a stand alone card game, it is not an expansion, and you don't need Puerto Rico (the game it is based on) to play or understand San Juan. I have had an easy time teaching this game to other people and they were really surprised by it. It is a casual "hey lets play a game real quick" or "beer and pretzel" game that everyone seems to enjoy. San Juan is a great first step into the non-hasbro board games, and it comes in a nice small box with quality cards. I plan on throwing this in my luggage when visiting in-laws.
I can easily say that San Juan is a must own, whether you frequently play board/card games or not, and I can easily recommend this for families who like to play games, with or without mixed ages.
If it were lost, stolen, or ruined I would definitely buy another.
We bought Puerto Rico after owning this which is also a great game but is definitely a different animal. We also own Race for the Galaxy which I enjoy more, but only because of the sci-fi nerd in me. RFTG is just a hair different and possibly deeper, but San Juan is way more user friendly, a lot easier to teach others to play, and people are generally more accepting of its non-nerdy visual appeal. Truth is I am happy playing either one.
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The first thing I thought when I played this game was that it reminded me a lot of Race for the Galaxy (the base set, at least). Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mattroi
played this quite a bit with my girlfriend and now my wife for 4 years... it's a simple game that doesn't require a lot of set up but it's still quite fun... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I finally got a copy of San Juan 2014 Edition. This edition comes with building expansions and a seperate new building. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Francisco Cordero
Perhaps this game had a place in the world before Race for the Galaxy existed and you wanted to play a quicker card game version of Puerto Rico. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tony
Awesome game for any gamer! Must-have for anyone who enjoys eurogames but wants a quick, portable fix. simple enough to new gamers to play as well, but not lacking in strategy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
As noted in my other relevant game reviews, I'm I am always looking for games I can play with my fiance. Read morePublished 21 months ago by El Tonio
This game is so much fun and highly recommend it to anyone considering buying it. The outcome is different every game and there is no "one formula" to winning. LOVE IT!Published on December 15, 2013 by Lulu