Reviews for Bounders and Cads

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Feels much like a boardgame

mahon | Sept. 10, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »

I am a boardgamer, and Bounders and Cads feels to me much like a computer version of a boardgame. But even though I know a large number of boardgames, I don't know the game it might be based on so I assume it's just a deliberate concept of the designers to give it a boardgame feel. Personally I like this approach, although I would prefer the game to be slightly more balanced. It's a turn based game, which reinforces the impression of a boardgame gameplay. In general the game is about trying to gain inheritance by trading properties and businesses, not always (or: preferably rarely) in a fair way. The more unfair your actions are the better your chances of success. You play either against your friends or as a single player, but obviously the social aspect adds fun to the experience. Replayability is improved by randomly generated elements of each game's setup, so if you are an avid boardgamer who has friends who don't mind playing games which are not perfectly balanced, give it a go.

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Entertaining for a while

darkyhbk | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »

Bounders and Cads is a colorful little game where your objective is to raise the largest sum of money by buying and developing businesses, but also through less conventional and honest ways. You'll get a boardgame feel right from the start, as you play a coloured pawn. The gameplay in itself is a rather unconventional Monopoly. You get to buy a number of businesses, upgrade them through larger levels of cost and production and attach different bonuses, while also keeping an eye out for the opposition's developments. If they're doing better than you are, you can sabotage their production or transportation, but you can expect a retaliation. While the AI works well enough, this is much more fun when played in the company of your friends. The graphics are very colourful and look well enough. The characters are cartoonish and make fun of corrupt officials or sneaky executives, and occasionally provide a good natured laugh, thanks to the solid voice acting. The music is also very well chosen, consisting of a number of retro/jazzy tracks, which suit the game's atmosphere really well. In conclusion, Bounders and Cads is a well designed, fun game, but in order to get the most out of it, you'll need to play against human opposition.