Steam Park

From the box: “As owners of a fantastic steam park, you’re to build gigantic, coal-powered rides to attract as many visitors as you can – but 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 that your park produces under strict control! Steam Park is an easy-to-learn game with two difficulty levels: one for the less experienced gamers and a more strategic one for those who want a more exciting challenge. In this management game, you’ll have to build your own amusement park and make it the largest and most profitable in the region. By constructing the three-dimensional, wonderful rides designed by Marie Cardouat, you will see your park grow right before your eyes. Choose your strategy! 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 your park. Thanks to a clever, original action-choosing mechanism, winning in Steam Park is as much a matter of being the best as of being the fastest!”

Loy says: “This game looks incredibly complicated; it’s not. It’s actually very intuitive and fun to play. You start with a base square and try to build a cool amusement park. The rides and stands are colorful and fun to look at. As far as play goes, I love how each round starts with the frantic rolling of dice until you have what you need and then evolves into the serious strategy of maximizing profit while minimizing ‘waste.’ Now that we know the game, we often build simultaneously, which speeds up what used to be the slow building part of the game. Don’t be afraid of all the little pieces – give this one a try!”

Kiera says: “It’s the poopy game! It’s a little like Roller Coaster Tycoon, but a board game with an added element of poop (dirt). It’s fast paced but then slow all of a sudden which is interesting; it’s a roller coaster of speeds. And it’s not hard to understand but the strategy is complex. Usually I can win board games at least once, but not with Steam Park. It’s hard to see where your opponents are at and the strategy changes from the beginning rounds to the later ones. Still, I like it quite a bit.”

Amazon: Steam Park

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