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Retro gaming at its finest. I may have more plays of this than any other game - might be a toss up with old school Cosmic Encounter. A tight, tight game when playing with experienced opponents. Crushing heart-breaking mergers, lol. Nothing better than getting a majority shareholder position when your primary opponent has lost track, haha.
I have played this game more times than I'd like to admit (not always willingly), but it never grew stale. Strategy in using your budget, tactics in playing tiles, and luck in drawing them. Wonderful balance. It's not my favorite game, but it is extremely well made.
A Sid Sackson classic. A little bit counter-intuitive regarding stock and mergers, but if you overlook how it breaks some of the rules of how business in the real world is conducted (it is a game, after all), it's a mighty fine game.
Largely luck based upon the tiles you drawn and lacks any type of catch up mechanism. The rich just get richer in this game. Would be a decent family game but falls short as a strategy game.
Good game. Great when you think about how long a shadow it has cast. And as I play it more, I understand it better and feel the game is revealing itself to me. I have a vintage 3M bookcase edition with wooden tiles. Trade Value: $75
I like that this is math-y like Power Grid, but random enough with the tile draws that you just have to have a solid strategy that's able to catch lucky tile draws. Been playing a bunch of AChoir on my phone. I'm glad this app goes 12x9 and only primary and secondary instead of 10x10 with tertiary bonuses in the mix. 10x10 square and tertiary bonuses splash too much money around and feels less interesting.
This classic holds up well. Simple to learn, simple to play, difficult decisions, and a good intro into stocks. The trick might be finding people who want to play a game with paper money that looks like an excel spreadsheet.
The random tile drawing can be a little chaotic, and there is potential to get completely hosed from the beginning if you add poor play to the random tile draw. The real drawback for me is that this is another stock market game that I just kind of suck at (I don't think I've ever perfectly timed selling off a company). The elegant design is a classic for a reason, but I've never finished a game of this wanting to play again.
New Avalon Hill printing. This game is a classic. One of the best economic games ever made. Sid Sackson was a genius. Edit: Gave copy away. Will re-acquire at some point. Ayyyy. Edit 2: Found a 3M copy for $5 at the GGS! I'm overjoyed.
Acquire is fun to play. I like how companies merge. There's this interesting line you need to tread between buying the right shares and knowing when to pull out and take profits. Acquire is fairly light and simple, but it's engaging and there's enough hidden information and complexity in what other people hold to make competing for first place in a company fun.
What a great Sid Sackson classic. This is a wonderful abstrct game with a business themed veneer. this game is well designed and is a classic that all gamers should experience.
I can see why this game has sustained over time, but frankly there's not much here. There are so many other richer economic games worth my time. Typically only interested in playing with non-gamers. Trade Condition Notes: Box has expected shelf wear for a 40+ year old game; the components are in terrific shape.
Still a really good game,though if you aren't in one of the early mergers, you can be locked out of the game quickly. Too slow with 6 and borderline tolerable with 5 players familiar with the game.
How Acquire hasn't completely replaced Monopoly for people I'll never know. This game is just entertaining every time I've played it and it keeps you thinking about how to best maximize your money based on what you are doing and what others might do.