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.308 Jake
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Hey. I can't make up my mind which one I want. Which one is more fun? Which one is easier to explain? It seems like explaining games to people is all I do lately haha. Thanks in advance.
 
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Chris Ferejohn
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Neither of them are super complicated. Aquaretto has a few more wrinkles, so I guess it is marginally more complicated, but the wrinkles probably will keep it interesting for longer.
 
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Larry Rice
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Both are easy to explain. I personally find Aquaretto more interesting because of the spatial dynamic that is added into the game where you have to be careful how you position your water loving creatures.
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Jim Patterson
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Aquaretto is better, I think. There's the space management that Larry mentions as well as the meeples/worker placement.
 
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I don't think there is really one winner here. They both are fun games. It may come down to the age of your gamers. I think Zoo is a bit easier for the younger gamer (my daughter is 6) due to it's defined space for the enclosures. The spacial management of Aqua was a bit confusing for my daughter at first. To be honest though, we only play them now together not individually so I say get both.
 
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Eddie the Cranky Gamer
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Aquaretto is, to me, the better version to get.

For the sake of those to come I will mention that the combined game is WAY more trouble than its worth.
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apotheos wrote:
Aquaretto is, to me, the better version to get.

For the sake of those to come I will mention that the combined game is WAY more trouble than its worth.
What is this "trouble" of which you speak?
 
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Rob Herman
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Aquaretto is better. Aquaretto is meaty enough to be a serious, if light, game. Aquaretto would have been a deserving winner of the SdJ.

Zooloretto is unimpressive. It is bulky, expensive, and takes 45 minutes to play, while offering no more fun or strategy than its older, leaner sibling Coloretto. (Coloretto is my #2 game, but when you spread out the same amount of fun over three times the time, I like it a lot less.)
 
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Julie Lemonde
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Zooloretto have more expansions available than Aquaretto.
 
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Karl
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Zooloretto is a good deal easier to explain IMHO. Also Aquaretto is missing the reference cards which is a problem for new players.
Which one is better is hard to say. Aquaretto offers more freedom and tactical possibilities. However, the lack of freedom in Zooloretto forces tactics in itself. I'd say I slightly prefer Zooloretto, tho neither would be me favourite game.
 
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Stef Pauwels
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It will also depend on the audience I think.
I played Zooloretto with my 8 year old daughter. No problem, she understands the rules and sometimes offers challenging strategies.
I do think Aquaretto might be a tad too difficult for her atm though.
 
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