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Control aircraft used by airlines today and vie for control of the top spot at the major national airports in this head-to-head game of no-nonsense airline competition. Can you build a great Air Carrier or will you succumb to the pitfalls of deregulation? Find out in Airlines!
This card game requires a high understanding of the rules set, and there are tons of rules! I almost want to call this an ABSTRACT card game due to the way the 'virtual playing board' works. Your table is essentialy the map of the U.S. where you place the airports and hubs. This game is NOT for a small table...you need space to create the board. the game starts out with a few airports (one greater than the number of players) and your hand. You can play aircraft cards on your hubs at the airports. the object is to have 'seats' in play for scoring were all the confusing comes into play in this game. there are lots of event cards that affect your airlines...airports or seat capacity.
The game play is quite fun once you get the hang of it but it takes a few games to get a good grasp on the rules. My reason for the score of 3 stars is the confusion in the rules and the scoring phases that tend to slow the game down. there is a lot to keep track of when there are a lot of aircraft in play!
If you have time to spend with this game...it is worth your while! there is an expansion that really adds chaos by basically doubling the cards!
If you can find someone who ownes the game and can teach you, it makes the rules much easier and more clear!