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Treehouse or penthouse? It's all the same! The main thing is to buy cheaply and resell for lots of cash. But watch out, in the frenzy around the houseboat or high rise, only genuine real estate sharks succeed -- anyone else is just a small fish. So keep your nerves and stay cool in this exciting card game for clever profiteers.
Okay, I've played and reviewed enough games by now to know that the saying 'This is the best game ever!' usually only holds true for 6 months at the most. So I really whittled this proclamation down: it is the best 10-minute card game that I have played so far.
One great quality about the game is that it really could appeal to gamers 8 years old to 88 years old. It is easy to learn, plays quickly, and it plays in such a way so that you always feel like you would have won the game if you'd played just one card different (always a good quality in a game.)
It's fun to take chips to try and bid in such a way as to pick up bargains on the buildings (nicely drawn), but even if you do so-so in the first (buying) round, in the second half of the game, you are selling your houses, and can often play cleverly to pick up some good money to pull out the victory.
This game is a bit like 6 Nimmt! in that it has blind bidding revealed simultaneously, but it has a bit more theme, nice card art, and slightly more involved decisions than 6 Nimmt! As such, this game wins 5 stars for being in a game category that doesn't have enough contestants: fun, challenging games that finish in ten minutes. This game is a real gem, and groups could find themselves playing 3 games in a row in 25 minutes. A really neat game to pull out after a holiday meal to play with relatives too, because of its accessibility and quick play time.
It's worth mentioning another comparison (since I always used to get these games mixed up when I read about them), this game is similarly themed and durated (durationed? =) to Reiner Knizia's High Society, which I feel is one of the driest, most mathematically boring games ever made. For Sale just has a fun lightness to it that High Society seems to lack for me. Both games are fairly abstract, but For Sale is definitely an approachable game for families and non-gamers.
Ravensburger PLEASE reprint this one!
....and I respect Jy Avery's opinion on most things, but I happen to love High Society, and even I enjoy For Sale very much. Therefore, the game actually stands on its own without requiring any negative comparisons to sell it! Yea!! Don't assume that if you like High Society you'll dislike For Sale, or vice versa--but you wouldn't do that, or you wouldn't be the conspicuous consumers that I know you all are!
This nifty little game has a lot (bad pun, sorry) going for it.
The rules are simple and the game play is straightforward, so it is easy to get into the game right out of the (small) box. The interplay fits the theme seamlessly, and the tension as the bids are revealed builds (sorry again) in a hurry.
Its been well received by the range of people and ages Ive played it with. I even got my 60-something dad--who hardly ever plays games--to play this, and hes played it more than once, equally amazing! And my then-9-year-old liked it, too, not to mention my 15- to 22-year-old nephews.
Any deeper, and it probably wouldnt be as approachable. Although it may be a bit dry, its good for what it is.
May as well get it, its hard to find a better value in light but enjoyable gameplay than For Sale.
I won't go into detail into how to play this game as one of the other gamers has given a pretty good description. I'll just tell you that I really enjoyed this game. At first glance I thought the rules were complicated; I guess I was looking for more rules, twists etc than there really are. In fact, it's amazingly simple, possibly too simple for some folks but as I like playing card & board games with my kids 11 and under it is perfect. It plays in about 15-20 mins and will have you shouting 'I knew I should have played this card instead!'
I like it, my kids like it; therefore, it passes the test.
This is a great game to introduce non-gamers to German games. It's fast, light, easy to understand, and takes about two minutes to explain. It's also easy to win the first time you play, even against people who have played many times. At the end of a game night, it's a great game to play when you don't want to start a longer heavier game. An interesting note, you never want to raise a bid unless you led it. This little quirk is the price for the game's simplicity. A small price indeed.
Game components consist of two decks of cards and bidding chips. One deck of cards contains twenty houses, numbered 1 through 20. The second deck contains twenty money cards, numbered from 0 through 20 (some numbers, like 0, appear on two cards - other numbers, like 19, aren't represented). Each player is given 15 chips to start the game.
The game consists of two rounds. For the first round, all players are bidding for the house cards. For a four player game, 4 house cards are turned face up. Players bid with their chips in an attempt to get the higher cards. Be careful not to bid too many chips - once you use them up, you don't get any more! Each player will get one of the cards - as bidders pass, they pay half of their chips and take the lowest card that is left. Finally, when only one bidder remains, he pays his entire bid and gets the highest card. Then the next 4 cards are turned up and the bidding procedure is continued. This is repeated 5 times - until all of the house cards are gone.
At this point, each player has five house cards. Players now use the house cards to bid for the money cards. Four money cards are turned face up and a blind bidding procedure is used. The highest house card takes the highest money card, lowest takes lowest, etc. This is repeated 5 times until each player has 5 money cards. Players total the value of their money cards and the highest value is the winner.
I like this game because it has some interesting strategy (and a little luck too). Bidding strategies vary based upon the values of the 4 cards that are turned up. If they are all high cards, it might be best to bid low (since all players will get a good card anyway). If the cards turned up range from low cards to high, it might be worth it to bid higher (but exactly how high?) The text from Funagain that appears above says that this game takes about an hour, but that is not true - it really only takes about 15 or 20 minutes. It is such a fun and quick game, you might find yourself playing again. Recommended!