Now my oldest is eight he likes board games with some strategic thinking. He can happily play the same game for hours whilst youngest bless him gets fed up, he wants a quick turnaround of games, nothing he has to concentrate for too long. But that’s understandable seeing as he is still six; nonetheless the buildings in the Hotel Tycoon game intrigued him. They do make the game look quite appealing; they are all very different and make you feel eager to travel the world in real life!
Youngest enjoys making things so thought building the hotels was an interesting challenge in itself. Thankfully once built you can keep them safely in the box so you can start the game more quickly in future. But I would say to get the most out of this game it helps to play with children 8+.
The idea here is you keep playing until all the other players are bankrupt. It’s not an easy path to victory you do have to be lucky with the dice; if you are unfortunate you could keep being denied planning permission! In principle it’s much like a game of Monopoly but with a more attractive visuals, the buildings are themed and colourful and to be honest we have played Monopoly so many times before we welcomed a change. Its not as simple as landing on a space you do need to get the go ahead to be allowed to build your property, so it’s a useful way to educate children in real estate. On top of that it teaches them the more luxurious your hotel the more you can charge players for coming to stay, so development is essential depending on funds of course! Unlike Monopoly you cannot land on your property you have to have an entrance to catch them out/encourage them to stay.
I think that Hotel Tycoon from Esdevium Games is a lovely gift idea for Christmas, let’s be honest the nights are drawing in already, its time to quickly restock the games cupboard for some quality family winter entertainment. Days stuck indoors can be long but with the right games everyone can have an enjoyable time. Further more it’s a great game to encourage your children to strive, to aim to be a tycoon! Why settle for anything but being the top dog and making a fortune in the process.
You can find stockists on the Hotel Tycoon website, it usually has an RRP of £24.99 but some retailers are offering it at a steal at the moment (Amazon £14.99 but not sure how long that bargain will last!), so snap up the game whilst its on offer and add it to your Christmas stash!
I have a copy to giveaway here if you would like to enter please fill out the form below by the 18th of October.
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