In Reiner Knizia ‘s Money, you have to spend money to make money. It ‘s a turn-based card game with several different currencies, with the goal of whittling your way down to two or three types of currencies in order to score the most points and win the game.
The learning curve is relatively small, and the gameplay is fairly simple. But most importantly, it ‘s fun.
To start, each of the four (or three, if you choose) players start with six random cards. In the center of the board, there are two lots of four cards on which everyone will bid. From your lot of cards, you place your bid. In decreasing order of bids, each of the four players will get their choice of what lot of cards to take. In addition to the two lots in the center of the board, you can also choose to take another player ‘s bid instead. In either case, you swap your cards with the lot you want to take.
This continues until the center deck of cards is empty and the player with the most points is declared the winner.
So how does scoring work? It ‘s actually quite simple, although it took me a couple of games before I got the hang of it.
Each of the currencies has nine different cards: 20, 20, 20, 30, 30, 30, 40, 50, and 60. If you have at least 200 of the same currency, you have those points. Anything less than 200 gets you that score, minus 100. So, for example, if you have 150 of one currency, you get 50 points (150 – 100 = 50).
There are also triple bonus scores. To earn this, you have to collect three of the same 20 ‘s or three of the same 30 ‘s to earn 100 bonus points.
Lastly, there are special 10 point coins that earn you just that: 10 points.
As for options, there aren ‘t many, but what is there is sufficient. You can choose between three or four players, three different difficulty levels, toggle on/off if you want the ability to pass your turn, and more.
The game also includes a copy of the rules should you ever need them for reference.
The visuals, although minimal, are great for the most part. The biggest thing is that the currencies are easily distinguishable, which is obviously important. The one minor gripe I have is that, when selecting what cards you want to bid, the selection window can be somewhat small and you can fat finger a selection. Fortunately, you have to confirm your bid, so you can easily fix a mistake should you make one.
There aren ‘t any sound effects, which is a bit odd. I was expecting sounds of cards shuffling and whatnot, but there are none to be found. It doesn ‘t detract from the game at all, however.
Another nice touch is that, although the games aren ‘t incredibly long, your progress is saved when you exit the app.
If you ‘re at all interested in card games, I suggest giving this one a try. It ‘s easy to play, yet has some depth. When it all boils down, Reiner Knizia ‘s Money is a fun, enjoyable card game that ‘s worth a look.
Reiner Knizia ‘s Money is available now in the App Store for $2.99.
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