This Sid Sackson classic has taken many different forms over the years depending on the publisher. Each player strategically invests in businesses, trying to retain a majority of stock. As the businesses grow with tile placements, they also start merging, giving the majority stockholders of the acquired business sizable bonuses, which can then be used to reinvest into other chains. All of the investors in the acquired company can then cash in their stocks for current value or trade them 2-for-1 for shares of the newer, larger business. The game is a race to acquire the greatest wealth.
Some versions of the 3M bookshelf edition included rules for a 2-player variant.
The famous "World Map" edition was actually a test marketing edition, which came out very late in 1963. (Sid Sackson received his copy of the World Map edition on December 11, 1963.) Acquire was first published in mid-1964. The copyright date of Acquire is not the publication date. (Source: archive of Sackson's correspondence with 3M.)
At the end of the game, just fill in number of tiles of each hotel then scroll up and fill in the player names and the amount of stock they own. WALA. There you have the Major and Minority Shareholder bonus and also the cash they get if they were to sell the stocks away. Not to forget, include the amount of cash they have in hand in the allocated column and there you have the winner of the game!!!
Feel free to use, do let me know if you encounter problems on this.
An aid to help you track the size of your hotel chains / corporations that fits on a single A4 or Letter page. I suggest using it with translucent glass bead counters. Made for the 2008 edition of the game.
An aid to help you track the size of your hotel chains / corporations that fits on a single A4 or Letter page. I suggest using it with translucent glass bead counters. Made for the 1999 edition of the game.