Also, how about "catching up"? Is it possible to catch up with the leader in those games? Are they unforgiving?
In Acquire if you run out of money and only have stocks from hotels that end up merging late in the game it can be impossible to catch up. This happened to me the first game, bought higher value stocks early, ran out of money and never drew a tile that merged any of my hotels, and the other players know it and avoid merging my chains also. Learned to spread out early or at least not spend every dime ASAP. Never played the other game so can't comment there. Still enjoy Acquire a lot now that I know the "trick" to starting.