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Family Business

4.8 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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  • Card game for 2-6 players
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  • Takes about 45 minutes to play
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Be the boss in this fast paced card game of survival on the mean streets. "Family Business" pits mobsters against each other all working to make sure theirs is the last family standing. Your gang members get placed on the Hit List. Can your "Family Influence" save them? Will they "Take it on the Lam", seek "Police Protection", or perhaps up the ante with a "Double Contract"? Family Business is fast, furious, and fun. Your goal is survival. What's in the cards for your game?

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Be the boss in this fast-paced card game of survival on the mean streets. "Family Business" pits mobsters against each other - all working to make sure theirs is the last family standing. Your gang members get placed on the Hit List. Can your "Family Influence" save them? Will they "Take it on the Lam", seek "Police Protection", or perhaps up the ante with a "Double Contract"? Family Business is fast, furious, and fun. Your goal is survival. What's in the cards for your game?

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Product Dimensions 8 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
Item Weight 11.7 ounces
Shipping Weight 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B001HBJ41C
Item model number MFG4401
Manufacturer recommended age 6 - 10 years
Best Sellers Rank #19,015 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#382 in Toys & Games > Games > Card Games
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My family, friends and I have been playing this fast-paced, easy-to-learn game for over twenty years and it's always our first choice for company.

Each player gets a "mob" of nine gangsters and a hand of cards that play dastardly tricks on the other guys -- or defend their own guys from attack. Attacked mobsters go on a "Hit List" and can be rescued until a mob war rubs them out.

Throw in special cards that cause double-rate wars, Ambush attacks, turn stealing, and a Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, and the result is a game of surprising strategy and quick reverses, where even a fairly young player can win.

My favorite aspect of this game is its "self leveling" nature. Any player who starts to fall behind becomes a weak target, meaning it's in the stronger players' interest to attack somebody else. People rarely feel picked on (except in fun) and there's no long dusty road to defeat.

Although gameplay can be complicated, the cards all have hints printed on them to remind players what they do, meaning even new players can jump in with gats blazing.

But don't forget your cement overshoes!

[UPDATE 8/09 - Although we still love this game, my family and I are NOT thrilled with the latest edition, which has been redesigned with cluttered graphics and a blocky hard-to-read font that detract from gameplay. Bring back the older (or at least a more legible) verision!!]
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Fun game. We enjoyed it as a family over the holidays. The faces on the cards and the names led to lots of joking and laughing as we played. Probably not the game to start your evening with, but fine to swap in after the seriousness is dying down and people have a few drinks in them. Recommended with 4 stars. (Especially for the low price!)

*I am getting sick and tired of all the fake reviews on Amazon. Let me assure you that I am a normal person who paid full price for this game and that this is my honest, unbiased opinion. Nobody paid for this review or offered me any favors or free product to write it.
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My friends and I now play this game at every game night. It is easy to setup and very fun to play. One word of warning, this game leads to some of the most heated moments we have during our game nights. While other games end with an, "ok, let's add up the scores and see who won." This one ends with every screaming, "Oh man, I was so close! You are going down next time." and other various curses. I highly recommend this game.
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Family Business: 2-6 Players, Ages 8+, Average Play Time = 30 Minutes

The components are fairly straight forward: cards, cards, and more cards. The quantity, colors, and text on said cards might seem overwhelming to first time players, but it’s actually very easy to understand. It took me perhaps five minutes to grasp the basic concepts, though this is the first time I’ve had someone teach me a game as opposed to learning it myself. Regardless, I’m confident I could have had a basic understanding of the game within ten minutes of reading the manual (which happens to be fairly short as well). Once one understands that family / mobster cards have no use beyond being interactive / movable life point counters, all they’d really need to learn is what the various action cards do.

When I first saw this game, I was intrigued by the whole elimination mechanic in that you lined mobsters up against a wall and eliminated them in turn. It gave me a sense of a ticking clock that was winding down fast. Since you can only play rescue cards on your turn, there’s a good chance that your mobster will be eliminated before you even get a chance to do so (especially when playing with a lot of people). There are plenty of cards that re-arrange the hit list, allow for substitutions, and prevent a contract from being placed from the get go, but there are also some cards that are truly nasty. One eliminates every mobster on the hit list for example, while another causes two mobsters to be eliminated every player turn…ouch!

As a whole, “Family Business” is easy to pick up and play. Despite the theme (eliminating mobsters), it’s very family-friendly and doesn’t feature any sort of violent card art.
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Just bought this game not too long ago and it has risen quite quickly to a place of honor on my game shelves. I love the mechanics of this game, the theme, the gameplay, the quickness, the chaos, the back-stabbing, and everything else that goes into keeping my mobsters alive while trying to kill all of yours. It is just fun. The theme might be a little bit dark for some families, but this is a great large group game. Play with people who don't get their feelings hurt easily because there is a lot of intentionally hurting other players and possibly causing them to be out of the game. I love this game though and my gaming group loves it, I can't ask for more than that. I am keeping it in my collection for sure.
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I've played this game before with my friends and decided I needed it for my own! I enjoy how each game changes on who you are playing with. The cards are study but are not so stiff that they are difficult to shuffle. The pictures on the cards are fun and the mobsters on the cards are real people. So it is fun to look up there stories after wards.
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