The Manufacturer's Board Game Review of Java:
Java is a fascinating island with great potential for development. Of special interest is the undeveloped area of central Java with its fertile soil and rich natural resources. These riches are much desired by the rulers of the regions that surround central Java. Each develop the region for himself. Each wants to bring his culture and control to these undeveloped areas. The players irrigate the land and cultivate new rice fields. They found villages, build palaces to create cities from the villages, and arrange festivals in the palaces they control. Each desires to be the dominant force in the development of this new area. Players earn fame points for building and enlarging palaces, for creating irrigation systems, and for arranging palace festivals. They record these points on the scoring track. The most points are earned in the final scoring. The player with the most fame points after the final scoring, is the winner.
Rainy Day Game's Board Game Review of Java:
There are almost as many board games as there are gamers. And although you may love a particular game, there's no board game that fits every situation. Perhaps our favorite game of all time is Settlers of Catan, but there are times when even the saintly Settlers isn't quite what we want. The Java board game steps in to pinch hit when we want a bit more serious challenge.
There are some definite similarities between the two games. Both are based on the concept of developing a remote island and amassing points based on the quality of your area. Like Settlers, Java starts with an empty area which is filled in with tiles to create the area to be developed. But in Java, the players themselves lay the tiles based on their strategies. As you lay tiles creating farms and villages and build palaces and irrigation systems to improve them, the options and strategies start to pile up. Only a sharp mind can negotiate the thousands of possibilities to dominate the island.
Although it takes a similar amount of time to Settlers, this board game can get a lot more intense. Less of a drinks-with-buddies game, you're going to want Java for that Game Saturday you arrange a week in advance. It's short enough that you can get a few games in over the course of an afternoon, but you'll definitely notice the greater brain wattage needed to push through to victory. The Java board game is the perfect cure to getting a little burned out on your favorite games.
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