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- For 2-5 players
- 75 minute playing time
- Strategy game
- Takes about 75 minutes to play
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Without getting into the specific game mechanics, here's how it works: In the early days of aviation, ten airlines of different sizes are vying for the licenses to operate between major cities in Europe. Players can invest in these ten airlines by securing these licenses, and are rewarded by taking stock certificates (for any of the airlines, not necessarily the one that they bought the license for). The players may add these stock to their portfolio, or trade it for shares in a larger airline, Air Abacus. As these airlines expand their territories, markers move up the scoring track. Three times during the game, a scoring card will be revealed, and each airline will award Victory points (as printed on the scoring track) to the players. The player with the most stock in an airline will get the most points, the second most stock will get the next highest points, etc. (Air Abacus has a pre-determined payout of points printed on the board.) After the third scoring card is revealed and points are awarded, the game ends. The player with the most points wins.
The game mechanics are simple and straightforward, and should become second nature by the time the first game is done.Read more ›
Though not quite as easy to learn as Ticket to Ride, Airlines still provides a tense feeling as you try to figure out which companies to invest in and which choice of many to make on each turn. Highly recommended for all families looking for a great game that will get played again and again.
Firstly, I want to praise the game for having a great tray insert for the pieces. The pieces themselves were bright and colorful, as were the cards. My only complaint was that it was hard to tell the difference between the red and orange planes. The manual did a good job in explaining the rules, but I was forced to re-read it multiple times before everything clicked. Along that note, this game was a lot to take in at first. The above doesn't cover all of the nitty-gritty details, which may serve to overwhelm new players. Our first play session lasted three hours and we were seeking water and Excedrin Migraine by the end of it. To be fair, we weren't the budding board game connoisseurs that we are today. I think our biggest hurdle was getting around the fact that players didn't get assigned any particular color. In games like "Ticket to Ride", it's clear as to who is who. "Airlines Europe" is more about observing all of the colors and making decisions based on what companies are pulling ahead of the others.
There's a boatload of strategy in "Airline Europe", mainly due to the fact that not all companies have the same amount of share cards. This brings company size into the mix. A company that has eight share cards is small compared to one that has sixteen. Having five share cards in a company that only has eight ensures that you'll have no competition. You could, in that example, safely expand that airline without having to worry about someone dropping shares at the last-minute to steal your precious victory points during a scoring round.Read more ›
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Think of it as a combination of “Ticket to Ride” and “Aquire”. The only drawback is that the gameplay is a tad counterintuitive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris Mruzik
great game - I love stock games and this is as good or better than Chicago Express.Published 4 months ago by David S. Smith
I like it better than Ticket to Ride, but it has a similar feel to Ticket to Ride. I would suggest this game to any Ticket to Ride Fan.Published 4 months ago by Stupid People are Annoying
A great game that requires strategy, but not in a hard core way. I'm not one who really enjoys strategy games, but I have a lot of fun with this. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sarah Geddes
This game felt very much like Alan R. Moon's big hit, Ticket to Ride, but not as good. In this game we are still collecting different colored tickets but instead of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tony