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Saving on Vacation

 

 

SCORE: 81

 

Saving on Vacation 

 

We have not done a board game review in some time here at Family Friendly Gaming. It was a nice change of pace as we are recovering from the massive amount of electronic products that have come in for the Christmas rush. Four of us sat down to enjoy a game of Saving on Vacation.

Saving on Vacation comes from Eric & Barb Dohrmann. All of the artwork was done by RbWrX Designs. They did a fantastic job with it. All of the instructions are clear and easy to read. The board is bright and colorful. There are four game play pieces and a nice green dice to roll.

Saving on Vacation is all about saving and spending. We land on squares that allow us to save money, or spend it. Some will even provide a choice. The directions explain most of this. We were unclear on what the "Save or Spend" square meant. We took it mean we either got another dice roll or we lost a turn. Guess which one we always picked.

Saving on Vacation came rolled up in a tube. Which was fine. Once we rolled it out we realized we needed four books to hold the corners of the game down. My hope is we were provided a prototype, and retail versions will be laminated in some fashion. The books would cover parts of the board (like the instructions) or they would slip off and the board would try to roll itself back up making a mess of where our pieces were.

Saving on Vacation tells us it is a game of chance and strategy. We completely understand the chance with rolling of the dice. None of us quite got the strategy. Since the goal is to save as much as possible, we would avoid spending at every turn. The first player to the finish gets more money, than the second. The second gets more than the third, and so on. That might be where the strategy comes into play.

The overall conclusion is Saving on Vacation is a fun little board game with a neat whirlpool twist to it. Family members may also land on a square where they have to help the player in the most need. I see some real potential in Saving on Vacation.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 82%
Sound: 77%
Replay/Extras: 85%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 83%

System: Board Game
Publisher: Eric & Barb Dohrmann
Rating: ‘NR’ - Not Rated
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