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Good game, more complicated than similar titles
on February 21, 2014
Being fans of The Settlers of Catan, Power Grid, and Ticket to Ride, we enjoy this game as well. However, this is a game with far more intricate strategy. It's also a game requiring more time, both to play and to set up.
Puerto Rico has a variety of ways in which to play. You can produce a lot of goods, build a lot of buildings, etc. Each way provides a different tactic to victory. It will take several tries before you find a tactic that works to your liking. And much of you choice of path will be dictated by your opponents' paths. Not every building, for example, is available in sufficient quantity for everyone to buy.
Puerto Rico also has far more pieces than other similar titles. Lots of setup is required, probably about twice what a game of Settlers requires, and far more than for a game of Ticket.
Puerto Rico, for good or bad depending on your preferences, is also a fairly long game to play. As part of the variety of strategies I mentioned above, each round and player's turn tends to involve some thought. As such, particularly if you play with people who like to take their time, this can extend a single game well past the hour mark. I think we typically run about an hour and a half. So if you like a more involved game, this is good, if you like a quick game (like I think Ticket is), then Puerto Rico (with its set up and play time) might be too long.