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Around the World in 80 Days


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  • 3 to 6 player game
  • 50 to 70 minutes
  • Biblical flood theme
  • Strategy game
  • Victorian era theme
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 2.9 x 11.8 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0009GWH8I
  • Item model number: 259RGG
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,984 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Product Description

Following in Jules Verne's footsteps, players attempt to travel around the world in 80 days on a map with Victorian-era decorations. On a player's turn, he chooses one of the face-up travel cards. Each card comes with an extra (getting to be first player in the next round, for example). Then he decides whether travel to the next city. Does he want to wait until the next round in hopes of better cards, or will he make his journey now? If so, he must have and play the required travel cards. The two transportation types are trains and ships. For example, 2 ship cards are required to travel from Suez to Bombay, so 2 ship cards must be played; train cards won't help in this instance. Time is spent each step of the way in the form of days, and (while meeting certain other requirements), the winner is the player who spends the fewest number of days getting around the world. The number of days depends on the travel cards used, plus help from special cards, hindrance from the meandering detective, and so on.

From the Manufacturer

Lead one of these nations to victory. But watch out for your enemies, as they will want to conquer your cities to destroy your temples. The game depends not on the luck of dice or cards, but on thoughtful plans and skillful diplomacy.

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Customer Reviews

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I recommend this game for families who are interested in geography.
Heidi Kroll
It didn't engage my imagination at all and there were really no tough decisions to be made.
S. Ellis
This game is a lot of fun because it is often decided in the last few rounds.
Provence

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Kroll on August 3, 2006
We just bought this from a local toystore and have played it three times in the first 24 hours of owning it! We homeschool, so we are always looking for fun ways to expand our knowledge. The first time we played it, it took 2 hours rather than the 30-60 estimated. There were four of us playing; the larger the group, the longer each round is. I'm sure we have missed a few of the fine points, but we had a lot of fun. Our 7 1/2 year old played right along with the rest of us, but needed some help to read the event cards. Don't miss the detail that you can buy discarded travel cards and event cards for 2 gold pieces.

I recommend this game for families who are interested in geography. It is worth the price. When you are tired of it or your kids outgrow it, donate it to a school, church, or homeless shelter. I'm sure they will enjoy it too. We are all citizens of the world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Provence on January 17, 2010
Around the World in 80 Days is a great family game. The rules are a bit confusing at first but once one figures them out the game is a blast.

The aim of the game is to race around the world using a combination of train and ship travel cards as well as special travel cards. The winning player is the one who completes the journey in the least days as long as he/she doesn't come in last on their own.

This game is a lot of fun because it is often decided in the last few rounds.

The game is family friendly because there is a fair amount of luck although careful planning can mitigate this somewhat.

The game is very educational because it is very close to Jules Verne's book. So often we are used to movies "based on" a book but the movies don't feel like the book. This game feels like the book!

The cards and pieces seem very durable.

Overall, this game if 5 stars for what it is. It's not the deepest strategy game in the world but doesn't pretend to be either. Hard core game geeks may not want to play this amongst each other but could do worse than sharing this with their casual gamer friends. In addition, the artwork is simply stunning which greatly adds to the game's enjoyment. So, read the book and play the game or vice versa!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Woodsheddin' on May 14, 2011
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We boardgame a lot and sometimes we have exactly six players. I can think of only a handful of perfect boardgames for six and 'Around the World in 80 Days' is one of them. You start in London and instead of trying to get as many victory points you are trying to use up as few days as possible to travel (the track is around the outside of the board). Journeying from city to city generally take two train cards (numbers on them represent days travelled), two boat cards, or a combination. More if you are on the last leg of the journey. Player turn order gives you a pick of one of the cards but it's also associated with a special action (e.g.: first pick next turn; move a day-stealing detective; get money; special action card). And special actions are where it's at. An action card deck can give special aid or set all or nearly everyone back when a storm takes place. I fully recommend this game for all.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Ellis on November 11, 2009
This game is really nice to look at while you're playing it. That's about all I can say for it. Otherwise, it's just a chase your opponent around the board type of game. It didn't engage my imagination at all and there were really no tough decisions to be made. I also couldn't really see that there was any kind of strategy that you could have to help you win. All in all, I've played much better Rio Grande games. If you want a Rio Grande game, buy Puerto Rico instead of this one.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Clifford B. Keller on December 29, 2008
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The game is attractive and professionally put together. However, after reading and re-reading the directions over and over, we gave up, put the game back in the box and decided to return it to Amazon. We are 6 college educated adults, imagine kids trying to figure it out!

I am certain this game would be fine if the manufacturer re-wrote the directions.
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