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Game #5120
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  San Juan    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: Unofficial Boardgame Conversions
Strategy   Tabletop strategy

Rating: 7.22 (18 votes)

San Juan box cover

San Juan screenshot
San Juan is a competently coded PC conversion of the card game of the same name, which is in turn based on the Puerto Rico board game. The description at Boardgamegeek.com explains the basics: "The pack of 110 cards consists of production buildings (indigo, sugar, tobacco, coffee, and silver) and "violet" buildings that grant special powers or extra victory points. Cards from the hand can be either built or used as money to build something else. Cards from the deck are used to represent goods produced by the production buildings, in which case they are left face-down. A seven-card hand limit is enforced once per round. In each round or governorship, each player in turn selects from one of the available roles, triggering an event that usually affects all players, such as producing goods or building. The person who picks the role gets a privilege, such as producing more goods or building more cheaply. Though similar in concept to Puerto Rico, there are many differences too. In particular, there are no colonists and no shipping of goods; goods production and trading are normally limited to one card per phase; and trades cannot be blocked. Victory points are gained exclusively by building, and the game ends as soon as one player has put up twelve buildings."

This PC version lets you play against up to three computer opponents. The AI is decent, although all the computer opponents seem to share one basic strategy. The interface is a bit confusing at first, but after a while you will get used to it. As a 'work-in-progress' program, there are still some bugs: for example, clicking on the top-right-corner "X" to close the program doesn't really shut it down (the EXE is left running in the Task Manager) – you need to click the "EXIT" button to exit cleanly. Although more options would have been welcome, the solid implementation of basic rules and faithful gameplay (all cards are scanned from the actual ones) make San Juan a good way to practice your strategy while waiting for the next real game. It is also a good intermediate-level game for anyone who is interested in role-based business games. Recommended!

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Andreas Seyfarth & Mark Haberman
Developer: Rio Grande Games
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2004
Software Copyright: Mark Haberman
Theme: Business
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
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If you like this game, try: Turncoat, Carcassonne, Seafarers of Catan 3D

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