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Puerto Rico

#7 ALBS, English language edition

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Product Awards:  

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 90-150 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Andreas Seyfarth

Publisher(s): Rio Grande Games, Alea

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Product Description

The most critically acclaimed board game of the last twenty years, Puerto Rico continues to wow people with its brilliant mechanics. Each player utilizes different roles (Mayor, Captain, Settler, Trader, Prospector, Craftsman, or Builder) to score the most victory points with their colony. Players can act on every turn of the game, allowing them to choose between shipping goods for points or building an impressive city. Players must manage their colonists, erect a variety of buildings, build up their plantation, and sell or ship goods. With dozens of options, Puerto Rico is a streamlined game that can be played in about an hour and handles up to five players.

Difficulty: 7/10

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game (special award), 2003
Games Magazine Awards
Best Advanced Strategy Game, 2003
Spiel des Jahres
Finalist, 2002
Deutscher Spiele Preis
1st place, 2002

Product Information


  • 5 player boards
  • 1 governor card
  • 8 role cards
  • 1 game board
  • 49 buildings
  • 54 doubloons
  • 58 plantations
  • 1 colonist ship
  • 100 colonists
  • 1 trading house
  • 50 trade goods
  • 5 trade ships
  • 50 victory point chips

Game Errata:

Some copies of the game have a misprint on some of the player boards. The builder privilege is incorrectly given to the mayor instead of the builder as is correct and explained in the rules.
Puerto Rico has the following expansions available:

Treasure Chest expansions for 7 Rio Grande / Alea games Out of Stock

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.7 in 82 reviews

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A decade of dominance
May 30, 2012

The end of 2011 will mark the tenth anniversary of Puerto Rico. Over the decade since it was first released, it has enjoyed a long reign of dominance for several years at the top of the rankings in many lists of modern board games. It still enjoys a strong following, and can rightly be considered a quintessential and highly influential euro that offers much enjoyment and replayability for gamers.

For the most part Puerto Rico has stood the test of time, and its gameplay holds up well even when measured by the standards of the latest and newest crops of games - many of which are indebted to it and influenced by it. If there is an aspect that could be improved, it's that the components could do with a visual makeover, particularly the building tiles. The plain text-only purple buildings are starting to look somewhat vintage and austere, and are just not up to snuff when compared with the artistic production values witnessed in the components of most newer euro games today. But despite this, it's a fantastic game and the gameplay is strong enough to compete with the best of today's games, and Puerto Rico can expect to enjoy continued success on the strength of its established reputation.

As such the current edition of the game is still worthy of heartily and fully positive recommendation. Despite its age - which is old by the standards of modern games - this classic retains its appeal for a new generation of gamers who might be coming across it for the first time today. Puerto Rico is still a strong seller, and there's good reason to expect its popularity to continue, despite the wide variety of new games appearing on the market. It has rightly earned a well deserved reputation as a quintessential pioneer among eurogames, and is still considered an essential staple of many gaming collections today. With the game now having celebrated its tenth anniversary, and still enjoying strong popularity despite heavy competition from newer crops of games, now is a good time as any to add it to your collection if you enjoy strategy board games. There's a good reason it's a modern and influential classic!

EndersGame, BGG reviewer

No other grade available: five stars!
December 12, 2010

The designers reached jack-spot when designing this game. It is truly a work of art, a fantastic experience.

Being simple, but not simplistic, its mechanics are something to wonder about. The fact that each player has a chance to play in the other player's turn is incredible, and also guarantees that you will not get bored.

Puerto Rico: highly acclaimed for the right reasons. It's indeed that good.

by Fonseca
A great game!
April 20, 2010

A great game! This a must have.

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