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Puerto Rico: The PC Game
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Puerto Rico is the the most critically acclaimed board game of the last twenty years, yet even with its immense popularity sometimes it's simply hard to bring to the table or find opponents. Fortunately, with Puerto Rico: the Computer Game, one never needs to find opponents, as the game will supply up to four willing computer players. Having both the basic game and the official expansion included, Puerto Rico has great graphics and an enjoyable, melodic soundtrack. Games can be played quickly, in less than twenty minutes; and multiplayer is possible, allowing one to play with opponents all over the world! Smooth play, strategic options, and a classic game are now available on your PC!
- Gameplay for 1 to 5 players
- Solo play versus up to 4 computer players, each can be set to its own ability level
- 3 levels of artificial intelligence (Beginner, Amateur and Professional)
- Multiplayer via hot seat, LAN or internet
- Includes the expansion set (new buildings) for even more replayability
- 3-D or 2-D gameplay (you can take a virtual tour of your 3-D colony!)
- Easy to follow tutorials and mouse over guides
- In-game save feature (you can save a game in progress)
Average Rating: 2.6 in 7 reviews
I played this game at a friends house and thouroughly enjoyed it. I'm sure if I played it more I'd get hooked. He bought it for me and since I came home (1000 miles away) I have not been able to install it on my computer.
When I first got home and played the PC version of Puerto Rico I was disappointed. I won my first game on the Professional (hardest) level of AI in a 5 player game. In fact the 55 victory points earned in that game still displays as an all time second place on my PC. However, I decided not to immediately write a review and give it a chance and I'm glad that I did. The AI in Professional mode is solid and while I win my share of games I don't win them all (as I do about 95% of the time in the PC version of Settlers of Catan).
But there's more... they have included the expansion tile set (something my game group hasn't used much) and there's also the 3 and 4 player versions to toy with which, as seasoned players know, changes the game a fair amount.
I agree with the first reviewer that the 3D mode is USELESS. Why they would include this is beyond me. It's also quite different not being able to do a quick scan of the table to see what the other players have. I don't feel as in tune with the game as I do when playing the board game version. Yes, I can scan and see what everyone has done.. it's just a bit more tedious. But in all fairness I'm not sure the developers could have done much with that... there's limited screen space and I'd prefer them not to have to include a magnifying glass with the game.
Finally, the Internet mode is lacking. Yes, you can play over the Internet... but to make it *really* fun they need a player matching service other than a Forum on the Eagle Games online bulletin board (much like Settlers Online or Blokus Online).
If you enjoy Puerto Rico then you'll probably enjoy this adaptation. I'm not a beginner and win a good share of Puerto Rico games against other live opponents including a first round game at DragonCon 2005 (coming in 2nd place in the finals) and the AI is solid for a PC game. In all honesty, though, I'd rather be playing people... however, I'm glad I purchased this solo adaptation.
Hey, just wanted to let you know, we got it running under Vista by applying the patch at the following link:
Note, DO NOT ATTEMPT to unzip the file in the installation directory under Vista, as it will be blocked by security settings. Good luck!
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