The Mississippi Queen
original German edition
from 17 customer reviews
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The players are captains of Mississippi paddle-wheelers. They race their boats down the river. They can go as fast as they want, but must avoid the rivers islands and make two passenger stops on the way. Sudden speed and direction changes cost coal and when you run out, you crash. The first boat to the finish line with two passengers is the winner and gains the title Mississippi Queen!
While not exactly PC, the above is often the way our gaming group refers to MQ. This is a great filler game for gamers, and a good intro game for non-hard-core types who want a light, entertaining, yet not entirely random game. It's not a gamer's game in the sense of Puerto Rico or even Settlers, but is a good way to start the game night or to close out an evening when there's only half an hour left. This one is requested by everybody in my group for the above situations.
Two things really make this a 5-star game for me.
First, the game is easy to learn. Most of the games I have played were with my wife's younger brother and sister (ages 11 and 14). They picked up on the rules quickly and enjoyed playing with me--they can always count on their 'big brother' to bring over games they like.
Second, despite what the box says, the game only takes us about 20-30 minutes to play, if even that long. And that is a big bonus, because most of the time, there isn't time. Being busy families, it is rare that either family has time to break open the games that take hours to complete.
This is a great way to entertain when you don't have all day.
Last year when this game was selected game of the year in Germany (No small feat!) I found it hard to believe. I put it on my wish list this year for Christmas. The first thing that hit me was how simple the rules were as well as the concept of the game. Basically, you're racing a steamboat down the river and picking up two Southern belles on the way. What devoted gamer would like this game? So I played it. What a blast! You have to reserve your coal for picking up speed and slowing down. The shape of the river, the position of your opponents, and the timing of when to pick your ladies up is crucial. Half the time you're screaming and laughing, the other half you're deep in thought about your next move. A tremendous game.