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Aquaretto

4 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • For 2-5 players
  • Takes about 45 minutes to play
  • Tons of replay value
  • Strategy game
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Each player is the owner of a water zoo. Each player tries to lure as many visitors as possible into his water zoo and earns points for the visitors that visit his zoo. To create a zoo that people want to visit, a player must collect animals. When a player's water zoo is successful, he may want to expand it. When a player's animal basins are full, he must place additional animals into his depot, which loses him points at game end. When a player makes skillful use of his coworkers, he can gain additional points. The player with most points wins.

From the Manufacturer

Each player is the owner of a water zoo. Each player tries to lure as many visitors as possible into his water zoo and earns points for the visitors that visit his zoo. To create a zoo that people want to visit, a player must collect animals. When a players water zoo is successful, he may want to expand it. When a players animal basins are full, he must place additional animals into his depot, which loses him points at game end. When a player makes skillful use of his coworkers, he can gain additional points. The player with most points wins.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 11.8 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0018PS8OG
  • Item model number: RGG 360
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 14 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,030 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

As it predecessor is a very good game. Evidently some ideas where taken from Zooloretto expansions, but the game is very original.

The integration as 'Zooloretto expansion' is not that good. I had imagined that it could be much more interchangeable in its mechanics but in the end is like plying 2 separate games at the same time, sharing the incomes.

However, is a fair con for a game that is also a stand alone, and is very good as it. And many people would find it easier this way than to mix everything.

Don't be deceived for the very colorful and childlike looking of the game. The strategy and mechanics will make most adults scratch their scalp and rub their chins for the most part of the play. It is very good game for all ages.

If you are interested you can easily find the manual and much more information online.
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I enjoy board games and have owned/played well over 100.

This is a nice family game because its fun, interesting, doesnt take too long (game seems to end 1-2 turns too early), and not too complex.

The basic idea is you have an aquatic park that can hold 3 types of animals. If you want an additional type you must expand. As your park fills up you also need to expand. Gameplay consists of selecting a random animal chit and placing it in one of several trucks (that hold up to 3 animals) for delivery to one of the players. Alternatively you can take a truck and place the animals on it into your park. The catch is - animals must be placed adjacent to animals of teh same type, so you can run out of space. Surplus animals count against you at the end of the game. As you place animals you gain coins that can be used to expand your park.

The challenge is to place animals on trucks so that they do not benefit the other players (ex: 2 polar bears on the same truck - the next player may take them) and so that the contents of that truck will be useful to you, while at teh same time making sure that the trucks remain useful to you. You may have to take an unwanted animal to get two that you want. There are some bells and whistles like certain animals will reporuce and give you a bonus baby animal, or soem animals have fish symbols on them, and if you hire a keeper you get extra victory points at teh end.

The game is similar to Coloretto (a card based game that was the first in this series)
Its a decent game, it gets a 5 instead of a 4 because its a lot betetr than most games.
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I bought this game for my eight year old niece, looking for a game we all could enjoy. Aquaretto was challenging for her but nothing she couldn't handle and fairly simple for the adults but still enjoyable. A perfect game for my needs. If you are buying this for younger kids, this is one where I would read through the rules carefully before bringing the kids in. We jumped right in and ended up missing a couple key points. Overall great game, I imagine we'll be playing it a lot in the future.
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Aquaretto: 2-5 Players, Ages 10+, Average Play Time = 45 Minutes

I'll start by saying that the game is fairly light in terms of strategy. The only thing I had to really think about was making sure I had room for the animals I had taken from the truck I selected. There's also a bit of thinking in regards to which animal tile you should place on which truck...if you see your opponent eyeing a truck that contains one or two animals that they have in their zoo already, you could be a jerk and place the tile you just drew, an animal that they don't need, on that same truck. This forces them to bite the bullet and take the truck anyway or pick a different truck.

My eleven year old son, Vinnie Jr, enjoyed building his own park but quickly fell into the trap of not giving his basins enough space to expand away from each other. Placing animals takes a little bit of planning as you're only allotted so much room and thus, only so much potential money. He often took animals that he needed but ended up not being able to place them because his other basins were in the way. Regardless, he did an excellent job for his first time playing and nearly won.

Is Aquaretto a good game? In short, yes...but it's not going to appeal to everyone. I would recommend this game to families with younger kids or as a filler in between longer board games, with an emphasis on the words "families" and "kids." That's not to say that adults won't enjoy it, but some may be turned off by its simple and somewhat cutesy nature.
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