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This highly-anticipated follow-up to the massively popular 'Puerto Rico' didn't disappoint. It doesn't come close in respect to complexity, but it doesn't have to. It's a great game on its own.

You don't have to know anything about Puerto Rico to play it, but it takes on the same theme (city building and goods production on the island) and has very similar mechanics. You still choose a role on your turn, receive a bonus privilege action for choosing a role, and then everyone takes that action.

However, victory points are simplified -- they are achieved only through buildings. In addition, the cards act as the buildings, currency and goods.

The good: the play time -- it only takes about 30 minutes -- and the medium strategy element.

The not-so-good: after many plays, it seems that there's one or two strategies that are too strong.

My wife rates this one a 7/10 and I rate it an 8/10.
 
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