CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Power Grid: Factory Manager
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- Standalone game in the Power Grid series
- For 2-5 players
- Takes about an hour to play
- Factory Manager uses a clever market mechanism for choosing the supply of factory tiles in the market
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By Rio Grande Games
Power Grid Expansion
Playing Time: 60 minutes
Ages: 12 and up
After Power Grid taught you the tough competition between energy producers, now you get to know the road traveled by energy consumers.
Start to be a Factory Manager and make the important decisions to improve your own factory. Fight against the other competitors for the best factory equipment available in the market to be the best player at the end of the game.
Power Grid - Factory Manager is a Business-Buildup-Game. You start with a small factory and try to improve it. At the beginning you may simply focus on increasing the production. Later you are confronted with new challenges: track the ever increasing energy price and cleverly distribute your workers for the best benefit.
By being close to the theme, the game is logical and coherent in its main features. A clever new mechanism improves the game by affecting the player order and the actions on the market.
But do not say we did not warn you: Because of only 5 turns the game is exciting right from the start. Be careful all the time or your fellow players will mercilessly leave you behind.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Power Grid game from the same company was much more interesting and fun.
I like factory manager. Some people in our group had complaints that it bears little resemblance to power grid, and that is because it is an entirely different game, not an expansion to power grid. I don't know why they mention power grid in the title, that's just a distraction. Power grid is probably a better game, but power grid is better than a lot of games.
Factory manager has a little auction, and a bunch of resource management. You have workers and money, and a clear time limit. At the end of the game, the manager with the most money wins. There are many components you can add to your factory, and a collaborative process for making them available to purchase each turn. The player who goes first gets to buy the best stuff, but has the least influence on what is available to buy each round. The player who goes last gets to buy from whatever the other players left unpurchased, but the last player has the most influence on which of the good items are available at all, and buys at a discount. So, determining the turn order is a big deal, but, sadly, you bid workers for turn order and you just don't have enough workers to do very much bidding. I think the game would benefit from a more interesting way to bid for player order.
Like I said at the start. I like the game, I don't love it, but I do like it.
It has you juggle workers, electricity use, machine production and storage to create the most productive factory. It is a short game, just about when you get the hang of it....it is the end! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My full video review - http://www.gameboygeek.com/#!power-grid-factory-manager/c1lbfPublished 7 months ago by Game Boy Geek
I was hoping for a game that rewarded the best running of a factory to produce the most profit. Unfortunately the winner of this game is determined by how much cash you have on... Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by maddogdad