Jamaica

Jamaica

Product #ASMJCA01

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Regular Price: $59.99

Special Price: $47.99

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Manufacturer: Asmodee

Raise the sail and straight on 'til morning.How else could the honorable Henry Morgan celebrate his 30 years of governing Jamaica than with a race around the island? Gathering every Pirate and Buccaneer around, the "Great Challenge" will be a memorable race. Not to mention - what's better than a race where you can earn some booty and shoot at your opponents? The ''Great Challenge," that's what!The goal is to sail around the island of Jamaica as fast as possible while gathering the goods required: gold for port taxes, powder for naval battles and food to eat while out on the high seas. Each time the pirates meet, they will have to fight to try and steal the contents of each other's holds (and maybe pawn off a chest full of cursed gold at the same time).And so, hoist up the sails and head towards Port-Royal. May the fastest and richest win!


Ages: 8+
Players: 2-6
Game Length: 30-60 minutes


NOTE: Manufactured by Game Works; Distributed by Asmodee North America.



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Great game for family, and easy to teach children.
My wife and i love this game and have played it at our friends multiple of times. Since it went on clearance it was the perfect time for us to buy this game for ourselves. We love how simple and easy the game is to learn and to teach others.
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Review by adam on 3/4/2017
Great regardless of the number of players
The artwork for this game is amazing -- it won a Golden Geek award for best artwork/presentation.
While the instructions can be hard to grasp at first, after your first play-through it becomes very easy to understand. The best part about this game is that it is easily scalable, so whether it's three people or an entire party, the gameplay is still fun.
Once you know the rules, it takes about 30-50 minutes to play.
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Review by Shawn on 10/22/2016
A fun game with great art
I love the art in this game. The theme is good, the strategy is light and there is a strong luck component but it is lots of fun and has good replay ability.
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Review by Dagon on 11/16/2015
Yarrrrrrrrrrr! Give me your booty!
To give background, I have a family of 7 and my kids are no older than 9...at this point. I am constantly looking for games that we can play as a family and that stick with us as the family grows.

This game is such an awesome game. My family is really into pirates and we have been searching for a great pirate themed game. I came across a review that pitted Jamaica against Pirate's Cove and decided to go with their suggestion and get Jamaica. I haven't played Pirate's Cove but I can say that this was the absolute right pick for my family.

The game mechanics of the game is so simple that my 4 year old understands the core principles but the game can be so deep that my wife and I can take a minute trying to figure out how to place the dice and which cards to use to maximize the output. My kids really enjoy doing the pirating thing and are looking for ways to board the next ship and plunder their loot.

There is a ton of strategy that can be implemented here as well. You have to choose your next move but also take into consideration what others may do as well. You have to start planning for the end game if someone decides to take off towards the finish line. It can be really deep and having the chaos of kids really makes you adapt your game play each time so it doesn't get boring.

My kids have had so much fun with this game that when their friends come over they are able to teach them the game and all play together. At the end of each game, I help explain some strategic tips for the next game play and they are able to grasp those concepts and build on them.

I really love this as a family game. I can see this getting a couple of plays with my older gaming group but not something that everyone will get into. It plays so much better if you make yourself a pirate while playing.

The game components will be able to last quite some time with my family. The big knock on this is the game rules being the treasure map. It gets in the way when you are trying to figure stuff out. I would have loved to see a quick reference sheet added so you don't have this massive thing each time you try to reference a rule.
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Review by Josh on 11/12/2015
PIRATE RACE YARR!
Take on the role of a pirate and race around Jamaica while gathering food, gold, treasures and combating other pirates. My gaming group gets really into this game, its very simple and easy to learn and yet challenging to play. Great for competitive groups.

The one thing that truly stands out above all else is the artwork of the game. It is absolutely gorgeous! Fun to play and look at!
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Review by marcin on 11/5/2015
A Great Piratey Racing Game
First thing I have to say about this game, it's absolutely gorgeous! Both the board and the cards have fantastic artwork, it's very pleasing to the eye.

This is a simple racing game for 2-6 players (although the 2 player game is kinda lacking). On your turn you role 2 dice that will determine your daytime and nighttime actions. You then pick a card with 2 actions on it which will be your moves for that turn. Actions include moving forward, moving backwards, or collecting goods (food, canons, or gold). When you move, you have to pay the cost of the final spot you land on (either in gold for port spaces or food for water spaces). When you land on a space occupied by another player you will fight using the combat die and any number of canons you want to use (if you have any). Once someone has made it all the way around the island of Jamaica the game is over and you total of your points (gained is various ways) and the person with the most points is the winner.

This is a great light weight racing game for families or for gamers that don't want a heavy game all the time. Highly recommend!
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Review by Shawn on 10/15/2015
Great Racing Game
This is a fun racing game full of twists and turns. The game allows you to move forward based on a dice roll and your cards. Some of the cards have a move back option and also there are very few places you can land on the board that are free to stay. The other places on the board require you to spend either gold or food so you need to use your cards to gather these resources to advance. There is also an option on some cards to gather cannons which you use to help fight an opponent when you land on a space together. The game is very fun and is easy to teach.
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Review by Jon on 10/13/2015
Pirate Race!
This game really gets the theme right, and the board is wow amazing, bright beautiful colors. Essential, you're racing around the board trying to be the first player back to its start line, Port Royal. Each turn, each player takes two moves either move in either direction or receive any combination of gold coins, gun power, or food. One uses food as a parking fee on most spaces, gun powder increases your strength in battles, and gold counts as point at ends game.
Along the way, pick up treasures and as much as gold as you can and hope to be have the highest combination of points at ends game.

The one con here, is the limitation presented by the small amount of move cards within one's deck (10) as one can only chose from the 3 top deck cards every round. I thought I would love this game more, but its just ok for me..which is ok on most nights.
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Review by Steven on 10/3/2015
Game that satisfies the whole family
In our house there is a split between adults that want to play Euro-style games (many of them German) that may not be exciting to look at but have a lot of strategy and puzzle-like qualities and kids that want an American style game with an exciting theme and more drama to the dice rolls (more of a luck based game).

We have discovered with this game a sweet spot. Though the publisher, Asmodee, is French, this is a real American style game; with engaging art and characters, dramatic ship battles, and a lot of luck involved in racing around the board. But under this there is enough strategy and well thought out rules (being first around the board is not always enough to win... there are longer routes with more treasure that can balance out or even outweigh speed) that give it more depth than your usual racing game.
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Review by NB on 9/26/2015
Shiver Me Timbers, We Be Havin' a Race to Win
Argh! Full speed ahead! Er, actually, no, slow down, paying food to stop there would be a crying' shame...a bit more wind and we can stop on that pirate hideout for some BOOTY!...and...the others passed us! Full speed ahead!

Jamaica is an attractively well-produced, light-hearted family racing game that takes players on a race around the island of Jamaica on their pirate ships. While in most racing games, players are usually pushing for the most speed, Jamaica requires players to consider their routes and speed more carefully, as which space you land on can be more or less beneficial than another.

Players race around the island collecting food to consume at certain stops, cannons with which to improve their chances on die rolls in battle, special weapons and equipment to give their ship an edge, and gold, which must be paid as port tax at certain stops. When a player makes it completely around the island, the game ends, but the first player to the finish does not necessarily win: players receive points based on where their ship lies in relation to the finish space, and after adding all your gold and treasure cards, a player could still win without having crossed the finish line.

Each turn, the 1st player, "The Captain", rolls the two thematic wooden dice, then arranges them in the order that he would like them to take effect. Each player will have two action cards to play on each turn, and which ones players choose to play and in which order are affected by The Captain's choice order. Player cards can require them to move forward, backwards (which can have good results!), and gain gold, cannons, or food. Types of spaces player ships can land on include food "tax" spaces, gold "tax" spaces at ports, and pirate hideouts, where player can draw treasure cards that may be booty, or could be cursed treasure!

Jamaica's components have received special attention with thick cardboard chits, quality cards with beautiful artwork (players always enjoy placing all the player cards end to end to create one seamless, panoramic picture!). The dice are beautiful wooden "pirate-y" dice, and even the first player marker is over the top. The player plastic ships are of sturdy, high quality and good detail, making me think I need to paint them...the game rules sheet is in the form of one large foldout treasure map. Not completely practical, but a nice thematic touch.

Game play is fairly simplistic, and is aimed for younger players as well as adults. There is not a very deep amount of strategy to this game, although how one chooses to play his cards matters greatly. Jamaica is a nice addition to your game collection, and is most enjoyed with those who are looking for a pirate theme that is lighter in nature and not too heavy of a rules set. Perfect for families!
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Review by John on 9/7/2015
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