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Terra Prime is a game created by Seth Jaffee and produced by Tasty Minstrel Games. It is a game based on the theme of space exploration where you along with several friends can compete to in a race of exploring spacing, building colonies, fighting aliens, and upgrading your ship as you race to be the one with the most Leadership points at the end of the game. Terra Prime is for 2-5 players and plays in 45-90 minutes (15 minutes added for each additional player). It is made for everyone aged 10 and up!
I read through the long rule book and then we jumped in feet first to start playing it really turned out to be a fun game! We invited over our friend who often comes over for game nights and doesn’t mind the learning curve for a new game. It was very interesting to see how others viewed and played the game as we each had VERY different strategies. I went full on for attacking the aliens and exploring the hexes and upgrading my ship. Our friend built 6 colonies all clumped together and many of the same resource and a ship FULL of shields and cargo holding and got resources the whole game. My husband did a bit of everything, colonies, resources, completing the demand hexes, and some exploration and upgrades as well. In the end, it seemed to be a pretty close game. I won and was followed by our friend and then my husband barely behind in 3rd place.
What I liked – Terra Prime was a lot of fun. We enjoyed building up our ships and settling colonies as well as competing to get the upgrades or colonize a certain planet. Once we got over the confusion with the rules and trying out a game for the first time we all really enjoyed the game! It will be really fun next time as we all know how to play and can try out our newest idea of what strategy to try! The game play was not super complex and there was a lot of different methods you could try to gain victory points so you could each go for something different or compete towards the same goal.
What I didn’t like – The rulebook was very confusing and is 12 pages long! The rules felt very disorganized such as their is one section on attacking aliens and one (pages later) on being hit by an alien. These can be separate actions, but are often paired together and so it would make more sense for them to be near each other in the rule book. We had several times where we had to hunt through the instructions several times to try to find an answer to a question and that was a bit frustrating. Another thing I don’t love is there are TONS of pieces! It takes a little bit to get them all sorted out and stacked and in place to get started. Also, it meant a TON of pieces to punch out prior to trying out the game and they were a bit hard to punch as you had to go carefully about it or the paper might stick and rip off. Once you try the game once though, the rules are not much of an issue and the game pieces just need a bit of organizing to make set-up quicker.
I made a short video clip recap on some of the rules in Terra Prime as well as just sort of a look at some of the game pieces! My camera only takes up to 3 minute video clips so it is separated into 3 approximately 2 minute clips.
*I received Terra Prime for free to keep in order to try the product and form an opinion for this review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site. Actual experience may vary. Thank you to the sponsor for allowing me to review their products and host this giveaway!