I’m a fan of Stefan Feld so lately I’ve sort of taken it upon myself to try out all of his other titles. So where does Bora Bora rank? We shall see. .
The first time I played this game was with 4 players, and let me just say, I don’t know if I’d recommend it at that player count. It was INCREDIBLY frustrating. The main rule when taking actions is that you can only place your die on an action tile if it is lower than the lowest die already on the tile. As you can imagine, this can be very restrictive without proper ways to mitigate your dice rolls. In CoB, it’s nice because you can always ditch a die in exchange for 2 workers. In this game, unless you have the god expansion tiles, you can only mitigate dice via god cards which aren’t as easy to acquire. As a result, I had one or two rounds with all very high die rolls, which made it difficult for me to do ANYTHING, totally ruining my plans. I played it a couple of times again recently at 2 players, and it’s much more open and accessible. I think the game employs a lot of neat mechanics that go hand in hand with one another, such as recruiting the men and women in order to utilize their powers at the end of the round, and comboing god cards at the most opportune moments. The migration action and planting your huts on the island also work well with the rest of the actions, and I definitely found this game to have a pretty unique feel from the rest of his titles. The end-game bonuses are hard to get, and it seems like there are so many strategies you can employ, but we feel like there really is only one - build all of your buildings. I’m not a fan of the theme at all, or the idea of recruiting men and women tribespeople, but I do find the game to be pretty interesting.
Overall, Bora Bora probably ranks about 5th for Felds as of now but we definitely like it enough to hold onto it. It can be pretty frustrating,, but has clever mechanisms and can cause a nice little brain sizzle when playing. Be warned. .
Things I Enjoyed:
* Mechanics that work with one another
* Good replayability
* Plays well with 2
Not so much:
* Difficult to mitigate poor dice rolls
Which is your favorite Feld?