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Lawrence Lopez
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How similar are these two games? Which (if any) plays better with 2 players? What about "family friendly?" Is one better than the other? I have played Portobello Market but not Market of Alturien.
 
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Nattakorn Vuttichaipornkul
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I own and played both games. I don't think the two game are similar at all except the theme. Portobello Market definately plays better with two. Alturien is like a euro version of monopoly, which is pretty cool actually. Both games are family friendly but Althurien is a longer game than Portobello Market. If you want a quick filler then portobello Market is good. Althurien is a light main courses.
 
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I, too, have both. TMoA is the better of the two, imho.

PR is quicker, but has less depth to it. It lacks something. Pity, it could have been made into a better game. I think PR is easier for children to play than TMoA.

Horses for courses.

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Just a tad late with this reply, but I greatly prefer Portobello Market to TMoA.
PM is a great head scratcher that fills the proverbial gaming tummy in a mere 30 minutes or less, and it works well with 2-4 players. It's not a Ticket to Ride class gateway game, but I think it's close.

MoTA is one of the few games I have ever tried that I could not play a full game of. The mechanics work, technically, but the game is just no fun. I constantly found myself penalized for playing smart and reining in the leading player, but that just meant that the rest of the players were free to use their moves for their own personal gain. Ugh, it's just awful.
Granted, this would be a great gateway game gift for a family that absolutely adores Monopoly.
 
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Steer well clear of The Market of Alturien, it's terrible. You can really tell it's a remake of a much older game as it doesn't stand up to the quality of modern Euros. I don't see much similarity between it and Portobello Market, other than the word 'market'.
 
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