As a family we love board games, partly I think because as I have mentioned before, we are all very competitive. We’ve been very lucky recently to review Dobble, Timeline and Jungle Speed by Esdevium Games, and they have also now sent us Hotel Tycoon to play and review.
Having looked online at photographs of Hotel Tycoon before it arrived, I knew there was some building of the parts to be done before we played. Because of this, I made sure that I did all of this whilst the boys were at school still, as they’re inherited my (lack of) patience. I am very glad I did do this, as there is a LOT to put together.
The buildings for the game are made from cardboard, and have plastic bases and roofs that need clipping on. There were a couple bits that I have to admit made me get a bit sweary as it was fiddly, but mostly they were easy to do.
If you plan to give this game to your child for Christmas, my advice would be to make the buildings up first and leave them mostly made up inside the box as much as you can before you wrap it.
This will save time and avoid the risk of you getting sweary on Christmas day, for any reason other than you forgot to turn the oven on, or you forgot to buy batteries. Luckily Hotel Tycoon doesn’t need batteries and therefore doesn’t have an annoying bit to unscrew with the world’s smallest screw driver at the World’s most awkward angle – I’m sold.
The actual game is a lot of fun. It reminds me of a 3D version of monopoly but with hotels instead of places and luckily it doesn’t take anywhere near as many hours to play. In fact it should take less than an hour once you are used to playing it, and don’t have to keep checking the instructions as you didn’t bother to read all of them thinking that you could ‘wing it’. Here’s a YouTube video for you to watch and show your children as a visual aid on how to play.
The game is for ages 8+ and my 9 and 11 year old found it quite easy to play, so I think the age is accurate. Although obviously if you have a sensible clever younger child, it’s well worth a try. As for younger children who aren’t sensible, they will just make you cry by flattening the buildings you spent ages building at the beginning.
I would definitely recommend this game for older children, and would say the only small negative is how long it takes to put it together. However it is made from strong cardboard, so it will last. Pop to Esdevium Games to see what else they have to add to the Christmas list.
*We were sent this game free of charge for a fair review, which is the only type I agree to do. The link below is affiliated and it is entirely your choice if you use it*