The game is a satirical one that is rather cynical and cutting. However unlike many such games this is actually fun to play. Even if you have played it a few times and get the gags it is still quite enjoyable. Seven or so games this weekend with two other people and we didn’t tire it one bit. There is enough actual game-play to get keep it fresh. And there are enough variables to make games change their direction in a die roll.
First of all I need to point out that this game is in fact old school and on cardboard. Yes it is a board game with dice, counters and cards like games of old. It requires at least three people to play as well. However the game is playable to more than the four “organizations” in the game. We were able to use the latest rules and it clear that the makes have done some good tweaking and clarifying the rules. The rules are simple and everything is explained in a clear manner. Then again I suspect this was designed as a beer and pretzel game so there is a need not be too complex. If you have ever played Monopoly or anything then you can grasp this game quickly.
What is an interesting twist is that being defeated does not always mean that you are necessarily out of the game. It is possible to both die and just be chucked out of the game. If the latter happens you may “buy” into a free organization that you have never played and continue on. In fact in one of the games, someone punted from the game actually won when his luck turned positive.
The political bent of this game takes aim at Big Government, Big Government Medicine, Big Unions and Wall Street. The use of quotes to justify the various absurdities in the game makes it all the more amusing. Games can take anywhere from about 30 minutes to over an hour, depending on how badly your fellow players roll. In my case I won one game with a crushing victory while generally being killed off first in event other attempt.
The packaging is high quality and the components are built to last.. The visual style is amusing and engaging. Visual and written gags appear on everything from the faux money to the places around the board.
The game would be enjoyed by tea party types and “Occupy” participants in equal measure. The creators have managed to make a game that is cynical, funny, topical and most of all fun. Have a good time and Spread the Wealth Around.