Keeping the lights on! This is the main theme for Power Grid. From the opening auction to the end-game scramble, Power Grid is a suspenseful and exciting game for 2-6 players. Players will fight for control of the least expensive routes between cities. In the auction phase, bidding on more productive power plants can be frustrating. In the meantime, one must keep a balance of finances, strong enough power plants, and building the right amount of cities. Although I tend not to win very often, this game is very fulfilling if you can end up winning at the end by… keeping your lights on! =-)
Last July was when I posted my first game review. If you are interested, click here to go back and read that post. It might give you better understanding of my rating system. As with Settlers of Catan, I do not want to explain how the game works or get into all of the rules and strategies. You will just get a small sample. =-)
My purpose here is to simply rate and review Power Grid.
Here is my rating system:
There are 10 points distributed in 5 categories.
Learning – Can players teach/learn in a short amount of time? Is the rule book clear and concise?
Components – Are the pieces good quality? Do they make the game better or are they distracting?
Interaction – Do players need to work together? Is there actions that can be spiteful or helpful?
Complexity – How deep is this game? Are there lots of ways to earn points and win?
Replayability – Will this game get boring? Is it the same for every play?
Each category will earn 0, 1, or 2 points.
Score of 0 – game does a poor job or does not display any beneficial or useable substance
Score of 1 – passable quality and fair mechanics but will still lack superior form
Score of 2 – excellent craftsmanship and function, brings enhancement to overall game play
And Power Grid earns…
Rate – 8 out of 10
Learning – This game can be tough to learn. The gameplay is somewhat confusing because each turn, the order changes. Score of 1
Components – The wooden pieces are typical. The paper money is a hassle so we just use pen/paper to keep track of our money. Score of 1
Interaction – Players must auction every turn. Players can also block other players for better routes. Lots of interaction here. Score of 2
Complexity – The only luck factor is which power plants come out. You must adapt to the game every time to win. Score of 2
Replayability – There are power plants that change every game. With turn order changing constantly, you won’t play the same game twice. Score of 2
If I continue to rate these games, I feel as if I will never get a 10 out of 10. Power Grid is certainly in my top ten list of favorite games. Perhaps even my top 5. I really love playing all kinds of board games but this one just gets me. So don’t let the 8 of 10 score fool you. Playing this game can be electrifying!
One last item. Would you take the poll? I plan on a Rate and Review every 3-4 months. Thanks!
Great, quick review. This is one of my favorite board games of all time. How is a game about powering cities suspenseful? it just is.
You are right. It just is. I also have First Sparks. Same basic game but certainly a different game altogether. Do you game often?