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Puerto Rico

by Rio Grande Games
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
Price: 30.60 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • 3-5 players
  • Ages 12 years and up
  • 60-90 minutes
  • One of the most popular Eurogames
  • Brilliant mechanics
  • Each player utilizes different roles to score the most victory points
  • Great for game nights
  • Everyone plays all the time
  • Type: Economic, City Building
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Technical Details
Item Weight1 Kg
Product Dimensions30.5 x 21.6 x 7 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:12 months and up
Item model number195RGG
Main Language(s)English, English translation
Number of Game Players5
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Included?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 11,415 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 Kg
Delivery Destinations:Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
Date First Available1 Jan 2007

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Prospector, captain, mayor, trader, settler, craftsman, or builder? Which roles will you play in the new world? Will you own the most prosperous plantations? Will you build the most valuable buildings? You have but one goal: achieve the greatest prosperity and highest respect! This is shown by the player who earns the most victory points?

Product Description

The players are plantation owners in Puerto Rico in the days when ships had sails. Growing up to five different kind of crops: Corn, Indigo, Coffee, Sugar and Tobacco, they must try to run their business more efficiently than their close competitors; growing crops and storing them efficiently, developing San Juan with useful buildings, deploying their colonists to best effect, selling crops at the right time, and most importantly, shipping their goods back to Europe for maximum benefit. A novel game system lets players choose the order of the phases in each turn by allowing each player to choose a role from those remaining when it is their turn. No role can be selected twice in the same round. The player who selects the best roles to advance their position during the game will win.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best game of its ilk. 25 Sep 2007
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Puerto Rico is an excellent game. It is one of those games in which luck has been reduced to the minimum and skill is all important. Luckily the game is so much fun and so interesting that you will play the game again and again and during the course of these games you will refine your skill. It is interesting becasue as you gain more experience at the game and your skill level increases, new strategies occur to you and so the game kind of constantly evolves within your playgroup.

You can play with 3 to 5 players. I have played ten 3-player games and five 4-player games, no 5-player games yet. I have found the 3 and 4 player games have slightly different dynamics, which again makes the game have very good replayabiliy.

If you like games such as civilization, settlers of catan, carcasonne and ticket to ride then I am fairly sure you will love this game.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal 11 Mar 2008
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
If I could award this game 4.5 stars, I would. It is a staggeringly well designed, thoroughly thought out and superbly executed game. That said, it's not one that I take off the shelf all that often.

There is very little luck in Puerto Rico and because of that there are cetrainly 'best' plays to make in any given situation. The more you play the better you get at discerning the best option to take, and that's where the problem lies for me. I would hesitate to label this a family game and I certainly wouldn't like to play with anyone under 12 years old as seating order and skewed player ability can have a huge effect on the outcome. Playing this game with those that have a played a lot before can be a dispiriting experience and it would appeal to those who want to strive to play it as best as they can. I know some who level the criticism that it is 'recreational accountancy' and whilst I can see why it would be considered dry, that is still a bit harsh.

To give it five stars would be to suggest this is a perfect game and it isn't. Although with four or five well matched players around the board, it certainly gets very close.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puerto Rico - the best strategy board game? 16 Jun 2007
By John
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Puerto Rico is a family boardgame of a similar ilk to the Catan series. Players build and trade in order to gain victory points to win the game. We are all in agreement that this is the best boardgame we've played so far. There is little in the way of chance in the game (no die-rolling) but the game remains unpredictable and challenging with many different ways to victory.

Absolutely brill!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb mechanics beneath a dry theme 13 July 2012
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Puerto Rico is a gamer's game. Easy to learn, very difficult to master. The theme itself is extremely dry and isn't particularly immersive; you're shipping goods from a 17th century Caribbean Island back home for VPs. Not one that many people, especially non-gamers will probably jump in delight at.

However don't dismiss it because lurking beneath the average-looking artwork and dry-as-the-desert theme is a game with very slick, efficient mechanics. It is a masterwork of how games should be, with rules that can be learnt in 5 minutes and an average playing length of around an hour or so.

Each player is provided with an island containing spaces for plantations and buildings. The plantations produce five types of crops, which rise in order of their ease to produce and conversely their retail value. So, whilst corn is easy to make, it sells for nothing. Coffee however is difficult to make, but will net you a tidy profit when you sell it.

Players can choose from a number of buildings, some of which turn crops into goods, or others that help you make a better profit on selling goods, store them, or later on in the game, give you extra victory points. Last but not least, the essential part are your colonists, which help turn the crops into produce and then man the buildings to turn them into goods.

The game action itself is beautifully simple. A Governor is appointed randomly, and as the first player each turn, they get to choose from six different actions. As the first person, they also gain a small advantage over the other players - for example, the builder provides them with a discount when purchasing builders, or they get one extra colonist when taking the mayor action.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agricola lite 11 Jun 2010
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Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Not much to add to the existing 'most useful' reviews, which I broadly agree with. I've played many good board games - Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride (numerous versions), Thurn & Taxis etc. I think I'd give Puerto Rico the no. 2 spot, but the no. 1 spot goes by a clear margin to Agricola, which is similar in some ways but a richer and more satisfying experience to play.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great family game 5 April 2009
By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
We love board games in our family and we like civilisation-building games such as Settlers of Catan where you collect resources to expand your empire. Catan has a weakness though which is that you can only collect resources if the right numbers come up on the dice - in other words luck is the main factor that determines the outcome. Puerto Rico is in the same genre but it is cleverly designed so that no dice are involved.

In a nutshell the aim is to earn victory points by establishing plantations and attracting a workforce, thereby allowing you to produce lots of goods (eg corn, coffee, sugar) which you then sell or trade. Each turn consists of every player choosing a job (Mayor, Settler, Trader etc) which allows players to start plantations, attract workers, trade goods and so on. Everyone is involved in every turn so there is no sitting around doing nothing while you wait for your number to come up on the dice. There are numerous strategies you can use to accumulate victory points - build the most buildings, have the most plantations, load the most goods onto ships etc.

Lots of thing happen in a single turn and this makes the rules quite complex. In fact the first time we played we probably spent an hour just working out how to get started. But once you know the rules, it's really quite quick to play (about 45 minutes). It's a really ingenious game and great fun - highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A staple in gaming
One of the best games still, I love it, people I introduce on regularly basis loves it. Even my mom loved it and serious gamers always loves it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter Banck
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to playing more Puerto Rico
We have only played the game a couple of times but it appears to be another great board game with lots of opportunity for strategy but keeps everyone involved. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cherylle Dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game never the same outcome twice
I have not been home yet to see the game so cant comment on packaging etc but love the game and looking forward to owning it having played it many times at friends houses
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the world best board games of this kind
One of the best strategy games I played until today with average complexity, hard to know all the rules at the beginning, better than Agricola.
Published 10 months ago by Hugo Silva
4.0 out of 5 stars Puerto Rico game
read the reviews and ordered it. came promptly. Oredered to gice us a change from Settlers of Catan, which we have played and enjoyed for years. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lester
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game
If you like to spend time on board games with your friends, this is the game to go with. It is long and has a steep learning curve, but the time is worth it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tudor Uricec
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
This was bought for friends who have enjoyed our game many times. It was delivered on time and well packaged. This must be my favourite board game - I'd definitely recommend!
Published 16 months ago by Sian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Game
We play with out nine year old daughter and find this game really addictive. The great thing about this game is that you play it different every time thinking a different strategy... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. D. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game but ends suddenly
I had played Puerto Rico against my PC a few times before buying this so had a good idea of the rules. Read more
Published 18 months ago by B. Yardley
5.0 out of 5 stars Might seem a little complicated at first, but the concept's actually...
I am not going to go through the rules here (you can find it in the box) but overall this game is fantastic, with a combination of economic management and strategic thinking vs... Read more
Published 18 months ago by pwnerman
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