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- For 2-6 players
- From the Empire Builder system
- Takes 2-4 hours to play
- Tons of replay value
- Bookcase game
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But if you are only going to buy one, chose either Empire Builder or European Rails. This one has some issues.
First off, like most of the first-run editions, it's all in black and white. The playing pieces all have little stickers that you have to apply to them - and they are missing some. They say there are 2 circuses and 5 pilgrims in the game, but there are only stickers for 1 circus and 3 pilgrims. Since the stickers are all on one sheet, and the sheet wasn't ripped or damaged, this must be a flaw in the game.
Second, the board is A LOT SMALLER. Most of the games, the puzzle playing board is six pieces, and the country is large enough to read the cities and towns. This one, although India is a large country - and the game includes the surrounding countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and two others I can't think of right now, the playing board is only four pieces. The board is thinner - substandard quality, and it warped. We have ours sitting under a set of books right now to try to flatten it out. The spots are smaller and closer together, so I know it won't wear well. We literally played the SPOTS OFF our Empire Builder game and have to replace it! But that took years of playing to do. I'm not sure that India rails will last that long. And because the spots are smaller, and the towns and cities are smaller, they are harder to read.
I do like the addition of some newer products.
I will play this game again. But I really LOVE Martian Rails! We own Empire Builder (USA), Eurorails, Lunar Rails, Martian Rails, Nepon Rails (Japan), China Rails and India. I would place India as my least favorite of them all - but that's like saying, "what's your least favorite flavor of ice cream?" I love all ice cream!
The way I check if someone's a good candidate for one of the rail games is to ask if they like Monopoly. Generally if someone isn't a fan of Monopoly, they won't care much for the rail games because it takes longer than they expect. And if someone doesn't have the attention span for the game, it is miserable for everyone and makes the game that much longer.
Btw, we use dry erase markers instead of crayons and prefer them. The edges of the board do retain traces of the colors but not enough to stop using them. We also start out with 70 million instead of 60, do three building rounds (I think original rules are for two building rounds before starting), and up the train speeds to 12 and 16 (instead of 9 and 12). That gets the game going that much faster and speeds up the overall time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting twist on Empire Builder. Excellent for teaching the players the nuances of India. As in all other iterations of Empire Builder players use crayons to draw in their... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Yendor912
A bit tedious and not much fun. Save your $$, get a better game.Published on March 15, 2010 by Charles R. Bloom
We gave this game to my son when he was about 10. He managed to figure out how to play it and he tends to win. Read morePublished on December 19, 2009 by Jyotsna Sreenivasan