Bankruptcy: The Card Game
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Insider Trading, Outsourcing, Cooking the Books. Who said CEOs should have all the fun of running a company into the ground?
Now, with Bankruptcy: The Card Game, you and your friends can join in the fun! This fast paced game pits 2-6 players in a game of one-upmanship and dirty deals to see who can be the first to declare Bankruptcy!
The concept in Bankruptcy (Tangent Games, 2007 - Geoff Habiger & Jim Gower) is that players are attempting to declare bankruptcy by liquidating their stock in the "SuperMegaBig Company". While the concept is funny, it's nothing new; as I was laughing at the same "get poor" idea in Go For Broke as a child. Still, stock games tend to suck me in; and so I was interested in giving this one a chance, especially with the reverse theming.
Well, the deal is this: Bankruptcy is simply an "Uno" style game, in which players are simply trying to get rid of all the cards in their hand. This is accomplished by playing a few different types of cards, to help yourself and hurt other players. There is a huge amount of luck, which is slightly countered by the very short playing time. I've had piles of kids play through it and have a laughing time, but it's entirely too light for adults. This, combined with a poor graphic design makes me give it a negative vote, although I will acknowledge the speed, humor, and ease of the game.
A deck of 110 cards is shuffled, and seven are dealt to each player. The rest are placed in a draw pile, and one player is chosen to go first. Fifty cards in the deck are share cards - and denote 1 to ten shares in the company. These cards cannot be played by themselves. Instead, a player may play one of the following types of cards:
If a player cannot play a card, they must draw one and end their turn. Play passes to the next player, and the game continues until one player is out of cards. They then can declare Bankruptcy and win the game!
Some comments on the game...
The problem with Bankruptcy: the Card Game is that it just doesn't offer anything unique or different from other games - from a lackluster presentation to rather derivative mechanics. It's not the next Uno (a game it will likely often be compared to), but it won't completely disappoint. So I would tell folks who already own the game - play it, you might enjoy it! But if you haven't heard of the game before, then pass it by - there are both better card games and better stock games. This will amuse you for twenty minutes, but it's quite forgettable.
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