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"An electrifingly amazing board game "
5 stars"

I absolutely love this game! Its numerous awards and extremly high ranking on (#3 overall, and #1 6-player game) are well deserved. I regularly get together with a group of 4–6 friends and they are always eager to play. Each round of the game involves an auction of power plants, purchasing resources for those power plants from a fluctuating stock market, and purchasing connections to cities which will pay money in return for the power you provide them. Each of these phases can be highly competitive as players attempt to bid up the price for the best new power plants, grab all of the cheap resources, and prevent other players from connecting to cities they already supply. With a large selection of power plant cards, a double sided board (USA & Germany maps) and loads of player induced variation this game has endless replayability. There are also a large number of viable strategies for winning this game and after each session we are always eager to play again to refine our strategies a little further. Despite this it is still possible to play with newbies as they pick it up quickly and easily and throughly enjoy themselves even if they are not winning!. In summary, I highly recommend this game, it is enjoyable with 2–3 players, but really reaches its full potential with groups of 4–6 players.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
"Excellent game - a must for your collection"
5 stars"

A really well ballanced game. Each map (two included in base set) has a differenct set of challenges on top of the usualy mechanic. The ‘bidding’ mechanics for the powerstations and resources is a touch of genious and all but guarentees a close game every game.

I'd rate this game as ‘medium’ complexity. If you're looking for a bit more than “Settlers” or “Ticket to Ride”, then this is the one for you. Just be aware that game length is approx 2hrs, so a bit longer than the most ‘after dinner’ games.

A game that well deserves it's excellent reputation that's easy to pick-up fro beginers and families but with enough crunch to provide longevity and challenge for avid gamers. A must for any true gamers shelf.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Excellent game"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This is a fairly complex, but brilliantly thought out strategy game. It's beauty, for me, lies in the fact that there is no dice and very little comes down to luck. Part of its beauty is that the playing order changes each round, so the person who is losing gets a slight advantage, keeping the game interesting even if you aren't winning, and adding an extra strategical element. It can take a while to get through the first couple of times while you become more familiar with the rules. There are many expansions available but I think they are just new maps and don't alter the dynamic of the game. I would recommend this game to anybody who enjoys strategy games.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


Earning money with electric power- Earning lots of money with electric power- A very good idea! Should I use coal or oil to generate power in the old-fashioned or will there be a shortage of those resources in the future- Will there be a future in burning garbage- Certainly nuclear power is very exciting and as long as the government will manage the nuclear waste there will be a lot of profit. Of course, you can use more ecological friendly power and be independent of resources. But will such power plants be powerful enough for the customers in the future- Naturally you must watch your competitors to see what plants they build, which cities they have in their net, what resources they depend on, and what new power plants they find interesting.

The object of Power Grid is to supply the most cities with power when someone's network gains a predetermined size. Players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection, and then vie against other players to purchase the power plants that you use to supply the power. However, as plants are purchased, newer more efficient plants become available so you're potentially allowing others to access to superior equipment merely by purchasing at all. Additionally, players must acquire the raw materials, like coal, oil, garbage, or uranium, to power said plants (except for the highly valuable 'renewable energy' wind/solar plants), making it necessary to upgrade your plants for maximum efficiency while still retaining enough wealth to quickly expand your network to get the cheapest routes.

An award winning strategy game of planning with surges of energy. Select "Power Grid", under Product Details, for optional extra expansions.

  • 1 two-sided gameboard (Germany / USA)
  • 132 wooden houses
  • 84 wooden tokens
  • money
  • 5 summary cards
  • 43 power plant cards

2 - 6 players
Ages 12 & up
Playing time: 2 hours
Publisher: Rio Grande
Author: Friedemann Friese
Artist: Maura Kalusky

Finalist Best Advanced Strategy Game Games 100 2005
Finalist International Gamers Awards 2004
Recommended Game of the Year (Germany) 2005

Release date NZ
June 5th, 2013
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  • Auction
  • Network Building
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