- Designed by Reiner Knizia
- Published by Gryphon Games
- 3-5 Players
- Plays in around 30 minutes
For this review, I asked my friend Rose to write her thoughts on the game. I've played Money!, but not nearly as much as she has. Ergo, I felt she was better suited to giving a review than I was.
Give away money to try to get more money! Try to collect entire currencies for the most points.
|A look inside the box.|
Each turn, two sets of four cards are laid out. You place cards from your hand face-down to bid on the available cards. The person with the highest bid gets the first choice and exchanges the cards they bid for the set of cards they want, second highest bid gets the second choice, etc.
|All of the green currency cards|
The main interaction in Money is trying to figure out how much other people are bidding and how badly you want to beat them for a particular set of cards. Because the bids are placed face-down, all you have to go on is the number of cards placed. The actual value could range from 60 to nothing, since each player has a bluff card they can use to “pad out” their bid to make it look bigger, or pass on a given hand entirely.
International currency! The theme is the driving force of this game, and as such it works very well.
|One of each type of currency card|
Medium. It takes a playthrough or two to get the hang of how the strategy of the game works.
I like the bidding mechanism; the only other games I've played with bidding were bridge when I was a kid and Monopoly (which was actually my favorite part of Monopoly). It's complex enough that it stays interesting, and there is some skill and strategy involved, but there is a certain amount of dumb luck, which means it's not overly intellectual.
|Nice big pile of Money!|
Very replayable. I usually play at least three games in a row.
Money is a fun, quick game. Once you get the hang of the scoring, it's not very complicated, but it's not simple enough to get boring quickly either. I'd give it one thumbs up.
Bridge is the closest relative I can think of, but it's a fairly distant cousin on the family tree.
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