Sunday, February 2, 2014

Build Your Own Amusement Park Game With Steam Park by IELLO Games

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Steam Park by IELLO Games was sent to us for review. Brandon, age 11, loves new games. We start every homeschool day by playing a board game or jigsaw puzzle together. He was very excited to incorporate Steam Park into our routine.
Our morning routine typically takes us about 30-45 minutes to play our game or work on a jigsaw puzzle. The first time we played Steam Park, it took us almost an hour and a half. Be forewarned that there is a lot of prep work to constructing all of the stands, rides, punching everything apart, etc.
Beyond the initial construction of the game, we read and re-read the instruction booklet several times trying to make sense of all of the rules. There's lot to remember. 
Thankfully, there are reference cards  (4, one for each player) that help you remember some of the extra parts to the game.

Once we figured it all out, gameplay moved much more quickly. Repeat games have only taken 15-20 minutes each.

There is a lot of pieces to this game so be careful if you have young children. This game is intended for ages 10 and older.

Overall, we have enjoyed the game even though it started out rough. This game does retail for $39.99 which I think is a bit steep for a board game, but I guess when you factor in how much comes with the game and the great artwork that is on all of the pieces, it could seem worth it. 

Product Description               
In this management game, you’ll have to build your own gigantic, coal-powered amusement park and make it the largest and most profitable in the region. By constructing the three-dimensional, beautifully designed rides, you will see your park grow right before your eyes.
But as owners of those fantastic steam parks, building attractions won’t be enough: you’ll also need to manage your employees, invest in advertising in order to attract and please the different kinds of guests visiting your park, and, above all, keep the dirt your park produces under strict control!
Choose your strategy well! Build Stands to attract more Visitors, or Toilets to keep the Dirt under control. Whatever decision you take, take it quickly: the less time you spend planning, the more time you’ll have to maintain you Park.
Thanks to a clever, original action-choosing mechanic, winning a game of Steam Park is as much a matter of being the best... as of being the fastest! 
  • Innovative yet simple, fast-paced dice system, by the designers of Dungeon Fighter
    An easy-to-learn game with 2 difficulty levels: one for the less experienced gamers, and a more strategic one for a even more exciting challenge.
    Fantastic artwork by Marie Cardouat (Dixit 1 & 2).

  • 24 dice (6 for each player)
    42 Visitors (7 for each of the 6 colours)
    4 Starting Ground tiles
    20 Additional Ground tiles
    18 Rides (3 for each colour and 6 in each size)
    24 Stands (4 for each of the 6 kinds)
    1 Turn Track
    4 Turn Order token
    1 Turn Counter
    4 Pig boards
    Dirt tokens
    34 Bonus cards
    1 Cotton bag
    4 Reference cards
    1 Rule book 

Steam Park is one of twelve board games sold by IELLO Games.

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