Acquire board game

by Christian

(Pennsauken, NJ, USA)

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Board Game Manufacturer:
Avalon Hill
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Quick verdict

An educational spin gives the Acquire board game some appeal to parents. Most gamers will not find it to their taste.

The game and gameplay

Once more this game from the 3M Bookshelf Series gets a complete overhaul as the the Sid Sackson classic is given new life.

Click here to Put Your Foot Down: submit your OWN Footprint Rating and leave comments for this game!In a game that is all about moving around and acquiring as many business acquisitions as one can, it is surprisingly entertaining. Acquire is relatively simple, albeit the confusing and sometimes intimidating game pieces. The name of the game is “Buy, buy, buy!”

Players strategically deal and invest in other businesses, all while trying to maintain the controlling interest of stocks.

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Now just like real life, these businesses can be bought out or merged with other businesses, creating more profits, stocks and even split stocks.

All the while, young business tycoons can trade their stocks in a 2-for-1 share ratio or sell them for current market value. The whole point of the game, you guessed it, is to make more money!The Acquire board game is composed of a board, paper money and stock notes as well as business tiles. The tiles are stacked one upon the other. This is to denote which businesses are doing better than others. A veritable Stock market Jenga.

As much fun as you would think this, it’s like sitting in an interactive Economics class in high school. Quite frankly too, I never did too well in Economics. I still play this game today for the interactive factor with friends.

Pros and cons

The Pros are pretty simple, so listen up parents, I’m talking to you right now. Acquire teaches a child about money and the value of a dollar. Everyone knows what it’s worth, but does anyone know its true value? That’s the moral of the game. Everyone gets a fair share of mathematics, socialization and even ways of pitching a sale.

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The cons (and once more this is to the parents)… This game makes enemies. It almost teaches children or whoever plays the game to be underhanded and conniving. Like other games of its kind, it brings out the worst in all of us.

I guess cause money is concerned, like with most games where the sole objective is to win all the money and make everyone poor.

The verdict

With the exception of the edition that sports an anime box top cover, the Acquire game barely changes from the original Sid Sackson edition. I didn’t care for it then and I certainly don’t care for it now. However, due to the educational spin on the game, I give it an average score.

Boardgame Beast gives Acquire two-and-a-half footprints out of five. Click here to leave comments and submit your OWN score for this game!

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Apr 29, 2010

Simply brilliant

by: Doug

This game is SO simple to pick up but has so much re-play value. There is no ONE way to win and so much of the game depends on timing and when that merger tile gets played to give you a mega-bonus or your other players. Love it and it’s a good game for teenagers once they understand the concept of pocket money!

Mar 27, 2010

Must agree with other posters

by: The Beast!

I found Acquire to be a much better game than Christian reckoned. However, I do think it’s one that takes repeated exposure to sink in. We played with a mixed age crowd, players aged 11 to late 50s and everybody had a good time once we had a proper grasp of what was going on.

Games don’t survive 50 years plus without offering something original and compelling and Acquire is definitely both.

Jan 27, 2010

Essential Stategy for Life

by: C_Fitzloff

I played this game with my older siblings as far back as I can remember. Not only is the strategy in this game AWESOME, it also teaches a (simulated) painful life lessons. It pays to play the real estate game, but it may not go the way you intended!

Nov 02, 2009

Good, brainy fun.

by: anonymous

I have never played a board game as addictive as Acquire. It makes me and my kids think.

It’s a business game, like Monopoly, but takes more brain activity and doesn’t last all doggone night.

Aug 10, 2009

And the Designer is?

by: Anonymous

It’s Sid Sackson….

Not Sid Jackson… Geze.

Jul 23, 2009


by: Anonymous

fantastic game. Must play it against quality opposition for it to be at its best. 3 players is the optimum, 4 is also good any more or less and it is half the game it should be.

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