Monday, November 24, 2014

#65: O Zoo le Mio (Mark's 100 - 2014)

O Zoo le Mio

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 65th
  • 2012: 95th
  • 2010: did not appear
  • 2005: 96th
  • rank: 867
  • rating: 6.65
Print Status
  • I don't think it's still officially "in print" - but you can get a copy from
Why It's On The List
  • lovely graphics & components combine with "in the fist" auctions & tile-laying to make a zoo-building game that's relatively quick (45 minutes) and always interesting to play...
Tips & Tricks:
  • Yes, there are problems with the income system (you get $ based on the number of tiles in your zoo) and the escalating point values (scoring is similar to Acquire) in the later rounds - but in such a short game, part of your job is to plan to deal with both of those issues rather than whine about them when the game is over.
  • Circular pathways are an important scoring opportunity - and they can't be taken away once they're built.
  • The box says ages 9+... but my six-year-old enjoyed this game (when I helped him with tile placement).

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