Puerto Rico Board Game

Game Info


Designer(s)     Andreas Seyfarth

Publisher: Alea (Germany) Grow (Brazil) Rio Grande Games (UK) Κάισσα (Greece) Devir (Spain) Lacerta (Poland)

  category: City Building Economic Farming

Mechanics: Variable Phase Order

Players: 3 to 5 Player Game

Play Time: 90 to 150 minutes

Age: 12+

Puerto Rico is a high quality farming and economic themed board game, great for game night.


From the Manufacturer

Puerto Rico board game is the most critically acclaimed board game of the last twenty years, Puerto Rico continues to wow people with its brilliant mechanics. Each player utilizes different roles -mayor, captain, settler, trader, prospector, craftsman, or builder to score the most victory points with their colony. Players can act on every turn of the game, allowing them to choose between shipping goods for points or building an impressive city. Players must manage their colonists, erect a variety of buildings, build up their plantation, and sell or ship goods. With dozens of options, Puerto Rico is a streamlined game that can be played in about an hour and handles up to five players.

Puerto Rico Gameplay

The aim of Puerto Rico is for each players to collect victory points by either exporting goods to Europe or by constructing buildings

Puerto Roco uses a variable phase order mechanic. At the end of each round ,  a governor token is passed on to the next player clockwise, and this player will take the role  of govenor. The “governor” player will begins the round by choosing a role  by selecting a role card from those on the table (such as “Trader” or “Builder”) and taking the first action.

 Each player uses its own little board with spaces for city buildings, plantations, and resources. A trading house, three ships, a supply of ressourcesand money (called doubloons in Puerto Rico) are shared between all the players.

During the game the  players will grow crops which they will then exchange for points or doubloons. Doubloons can then be used to buy buildings, which allow players to produce more crops or give them other abilities. Buildings and plantations do not work unless they are manned by colonists.

Players earn victory points for owning buildings, for shipping goods, and for manned “large buildings.” Each player’s accumulated shipping chips are kept face down so that the other players can’t tell the score from another player. Shipping chips come in denominations of one or five.  Goods and doubloons, as opposite, are placed in clear view of other players.The totals of each can always be requested by a player. At the later stage of the game, the fact that you don’t know the quantity of shipping tokens of other players require players to consider their options before choosing a role that can end the game.

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Game Type

Boardgame, Strategy


City Building, Economic, Farming

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