Monday, September 2, 2013

Airlines Europe [Board Game Review]

Hello again, readers. It is I, Daniel, back with another game review for you. You can check out the previously reviewed games here. This time, I will be taking you through the game Airlines Europe, a fun and relatively fast-paced game about, well, airlines in Europe. Imagine that.

Airlines Europe is the brainchild of Alan Moon, who also created Ticket to Ride. When you open the game box, you can see the similarities, both in the components and in game play.

Airlines Europe is a game for 2-5 players (although a quick search of the Google should yield rule changes for 6 players) and should take about 15-30 minutes per player. Ginny and I played a game Friday night that took under an hour, but a 5-player game could up to 2+ hours. The goal of Airlines Europe is to accumulate the most points through investing in airline companies and expanding their routes across Europe.

On your turn, you have four options: 1) Claim a route for an airline company, paying the money to the bank and advancing the company up the share track and drawing a share of stock into your hard; 2) Lay down shares of stock into your "portfolio," earning money for each share laid down; 3) Exchange shares of stock for shares of Air Abacus, a government-run airline company; 4) Receive money from the bank. Three times during the game, a scoring card appears, and you award points based on ownership in each company. Total all the points accumulated through each scoring round, and the one with the most points wins. As always, the rule book details these steps further.

What I like about Airlines Europe is the simplicity of the game yet complexity of the decisions. What airline do you expand? What stock do you add to your hand? What stocks do you add to your portfolio? When do you add them to your portfolio? When do you invest in Air Abacus? Those decisions make the game fun for me. The game can turn quickly if a scoring card appears right after (or before) you lay down stock into your portfolio.

This game is one of my favorites. It is easy to teach, easy to learn, and a lot of fun. If you've introduced Ticket to Ride to people, I think this would be a good next step game for them. I give it an 8.75 out of 10. A fun game that you should check out.

Happy Labor Day!

-D

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