CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Power Grid: Factory Manager
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- Standalone game in the Power Grid series
- For 2-5 players
- Takes about an hour to play
- Factory Manager uses a clever market mechanism for choosing the supply of factory tiles in the market
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I like factory manager. Some people in our group had complaints that it bears little resemblance to power grid, and that is because it is an entirely different game, not an expansion to power grid. I don't know why they mention power grid in the title, that's just a distraction. Power grid is probably a better game, but power grid is better than a lot of games.
Factory manager has a little auction, and a bunch of resource management. You have workers and money, and a clear time limit. At the end of the game, the manager with the most money wins. There are many components you can add to your factory, and a collaborative process for making them available to purchase each turn. The player who goes first gets to buy the best stuff, but has the least influence on what is available to buy each round. The player who goes last gets to buy from whatever the other players left unpurchased, but the last player has the most influence on which of the good items are available at all, and buys at a discount. So, determining the turn order is a big deal, but, sadly, you bid workers for turn order and you just don't have enough workers to do very much bidding. I think the game would benefit from a more interesting way to bid for player order.
Like I said at the start. I like the game, I don't love it, but I do like it.
The Power Grid game from the same company was much more interesting and fun.
It has you juggle workers, electricity use, machine production and storage to create the most productive factory. It is a short game, just about when you get the hang of it....it is the end! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping for a game that rewarded the best running of a factory to produce the most profit. Unfortunately the winner of this game is determined by how much cash you have on... Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by maddogdad
My gaming group was underwhelmed by Factory Manager. It's OK, kind of like how Pachisi is OK, just nothing special. Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by Henry