Bora Bora Strategy Board Game
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- Contents: 1 game board, 4 player boards, 250+ tiles, 100+ wooden pieces, 60 cards, 12 dice, detailed colored instructions
- 2-4 players
- Playing Time: 60-120 minutes
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When I opened the box, the first thing I noticed was that the game is visually stunning. The colors are beautiful, and the pictures are intricate and gorgeous.
The second thing I noticed was that there are NO words on the game board. None. While this makes the game easy to market internationally, it can complicate learning the rules.
So, with that said, it is a typical Stefan Feld dice game. If you have played "Castles of Burgundy," then many aspects of "Bora Bora" will seem familiar. Each player gets a mini game board, in addition to the central shared board, and the actions each player can take on his or her turn are based on the numbers rolled on the three dice. There are a lot of "games within the game" and pieces to keep track of, but again, this is pretty typical for Stefan Feld's games and some other eurogames.
Even though this game is beautiful and fun once you learn the rules, learning the game play is non-trivial, even for seasoned board gamers. When three of my friends and I sat down to play for the first time, it was almost a disaster - it took so long to get through the rules that we had a lot of trouble even making it through two rounds (there are six rounds in a full-length game). It was so hard for all of us to try to follow one book of rules that I tried to struggle through the French instructions to help. My recommendation is to have at least one player read through the rules completely ahead of time (there is a PDF version on Board Game Geek) so someone can "lead the way" while everyone else learns along.Read more ›
Despite how colorful and pretty this game is to look at, Bora Bora is by no means an easy or light game, and I would say calling it "medium" might be a bit of a stretch. If it is, I'd say it was on the far end of what constitutes a medium or "middle-weight" game. There is a LOT of stuff going on (possibly too much), a lot of hard choices, and the poorly organized rulebook doesn't do it any favors. Unless someone knows the rules well and can teach it, most people will tear their hair out in frustration and never get past the first round.Read more ›
It's hard to pinpoint what exactly we don't like about Bora Bora. One issue is that while it's complex, it's not very cohesive. Now, we enjoy a nice complex game -- we play Castles of Burgundy, Twilight Struggle, and Agricola (in the original German, for an added challenge). But in those games, all the different parts enhance each other and round out the game, like the different positions and formations and penalty rules in soccer. Bora Bora is more of a decathlon, if you gather my drift. The parts of Bora Bora do balance well (it's not a broken game) but the effect is linear rather than multiplicative, as if the game designer just kept adding things to balance it rather than adjusting any core mechanics.
The second big problem is that Bora Bora has little sense of journey. I don't mean traveling around the island a la Ticket to Ride -- I'm referring to that satisfying feeling in a game when you carve out a strategy and accomplish more things towards the end of the game. Usually by the third time I've played a game I can see where the designer is guiding me. For instance, in Castles of Burgundy, you can work towards early or big completions, you can sell lots of goods, you can build up end-of-game bonuses, you can become a chicken farmer... there are many options. Bora Bora is so scrupulously balanced that I feel like no action is better at a given time than any other action, because you need to do everything to get ahead (want to buy jewelry in Bora Bora?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this to take with us on our trip to Bora Bora (because come on, who doesn't want to play Bora Bora, while in Bora Bora?) and the game is a mid-weight game. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Greell
There is a lot to do and not much time to do it in. A fun game that we would play more but one of our gaming partners doesn't really like it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eric Shearer
This game is quite fun. The components are quite nices and the symbology is pretty good though it may take a few reads through the rulebook to fully understand. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tolopka
The game is okay. One of the main problems, is the amount of time it takes to set up. Once you take the time to learn the game, it sounds fascinating.... until you play it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dezi
Very fun game. A little deeper than the Catan and Ticket to Ride. Fun game to play 2-players.Published 7 months ago by Scott
The man and woman builder tiles are too overpowered, but fun and beautifulPublished 10 months ago by Michael Langford
This is probably my No. 2 favorite game right now (behind Le Havre). Great graphics. Awesome game play. Read morePublished 11 months ago by P.J.
My family and I really enjoy playing this game. This is probably in our top 15 games we own.Published 17 months ago by ashpash