Best Board Games #5: Puerto Rico

Playing board games together is one of our family’s favorite past times.   This is the an article in a series of top 10 best family board games. <–You can see the entire list with all the details there.

Top 10 Board Games named by Kids Activities Blog for family game night
Our #5 pick is the board game Puerto Rico

This is the best family board games list so far:

Top 10 Board Games for Families:

10. Streetcar

9.   Empire Builder

8.   Monopoly

7.   Railways of the World

6.   Carcassonne

puerto rico board game box

5. Best Family Board Game: Puerto Rico

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Board Game Designer: Andreas Seyfarth

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Players: 3 – 5

Time: 90 to 150 min.

Age: 12+ (My recommendation: 10+ if motivated)

Fun to Age Ratio: 5

Type: Economic

Strategy-x——–Luck

Puerto Rico is a high strategy, low chance game of wealth building through changing roles and the special abilities ascribed to each.   I’ve included it on this list because its game play (if not its theme) is an interesting departure from most of the other games on my list, and it has been incredibly popular since being introduced about 10 years ago.   Puerto Rico is a reasonable entry into heavier strategic gaming and, as with Railways of the World, might not be the best choice for those new to board games.

puerto rico board game boardThe game is played over multiple rounds; during each round, players assume one of several roles such as settler, trader, builder, etc.   Each role has its own special ability which the player utilizes for that round.   Roles change from round to round so the players will be exposed to different abilities and privileges as the game progresses.   Each player has his own board on which buildings and plantations are constructed and resources are processed into goods.   Goods are sold for doubloons which may be used to purchase more buildings, giving the player the ability to produce more goods and earn other abilities.   Victory points are earned through goods production and building construction and are maintained with victory point chips.   When one of several conditions is satisfied, the game ends and victory points are tallied.

Puerto Rico is a dice-less game with very little random chance.   One of the intriguing aspects of the game that gives it re-playability is that there are various winning strategies that can be applied.   If you’re tired of rolling dice, please give this a shot.   An expansion is available which introduces extra buildings.

There is also an iPad version of this game, but I don’t consider it the best way to learn the game.

WHAT WAS THE BEST FAMILY GAME ON OUR LIST?

Check out all the details on the family game Acquire as our top pick for best family games to play on family game night!

#2 Settlers of Catan

#3 Ticket to Ride

#4 Elasund

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One Comment

  1. Hi there, just stumbled across your blog via a tweet by @nurturestore (who we sponsored for Cybermummy2011). Great blog! I don’t think that you can get Orchard Toys in your neck of the woods, otherwise you would have our fab game What a Performance! up there with the others http://www.orchardtoys.com/products/what-a-performance/ It’s a fun, learning boardgame that even allows the little ones to join in with the rest of the family. Check out the great video review on this link, second one down.

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