We were sent a new board game called Hotel Tycoon to review.
Welcome to the addictive new family game for budding real estate magnates. Jet around the board snapping up land and title deeds as you go, then build your stunning Hotels – from the ice palaces of the Artika, to the skyscrapers of Uptown Towers. And if your guests stay long enough, they might just go bankrupt when it’s time to pay the bill!
Hotel Tycoon, Esdevium Games
My son was very excited when he opened the box to find he needed to construct several cardboard/plastic hotels in order to play the game. He likes doing that kind of thing so it was a great way to keep him busy for half an hour. For me, I felt a little overwhelmed with the amount of hotels that were needed to be made but my son had it sorted. When these hotels had been made the first time, they did not need to be made again though.
We read, and re-read the Hotel Tycoon instructions and decided that we would play the game to understand them as we went along. This worked better for us than just reading the instructions.
The first time we played Hotel Tycoon, we played with Grandma and Granddad. Although my son is seven years old and Hotel Tycoon is intended for eight years old plus, he enjoyed playing the game. We found that this game reminded us of Monopoly as the aim of Hotel Tycoon is to gain properties (hotels) and charge players as they land on the spaces near the hotels. Hotel Tycoon is played by rolling a dice and moving around the board, with each player being represented by an aeroplane. You can even get paid once each time you complete a circuit of the board.
This game does take quite some time to play so you would need to set aside a bit of time for it (I’d say about 45 minutes, if you’ve played it a few times). If you are intending to play this game with seven or eight year olds, I would suggest that you play it with adults first so that you are able to get to grips with the rules. My son got a bit bored the first time we played it, due to us stopping and starting to understand the rules. We all had a much better time playing it the second time round though and thoroughly enjoyed playing. The more we play, the more we get to know how to follow the rules so the better the experience we have. I think that this game would be great for older children too.
Hotel Tycoon has a RRP of £24.99 and is intended for players aged eight years plus. Two to four players can play this game. Hotel Tycoon is a new version of a 1970s game called, ‘Hotel.’
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Disclosure: We were sent Hotel Tycoon in order to write this review. All opinions are honest and my own.