The GamerJargon Game Review: Fleet

Fleet by Gryphon Games.Game Name: Fleet
Publisher: Gryphon Games
Published: 2012
Game Type: Card Game
Number of Players: 2-4
Play Time: 30 min.

On Amazon: $19.99

Reviewed by: Erik “Kunochan” Even & Paul “Pandachan” Ang

Fleet is a very nice little auction/hand management game from Gryphon Games; the set we tested was purchased through the Kickstarter campaign, and included special wooden painted fish-shaped bits instead of the standard blue squares (fish “crates”).  Fleet comes with 122 cards, four reference cards, 100 fish or crates, one wooden boat-shaped marker and one large wooden d6.

Players assume the personae of commercial fishing fleet owners, purchasing commercial fishing licenses and ships; assigning captains to the ships; collecting fish/crates, and trading those fish for money and resources. Players collect victory points for purchasing licenses, buying ships, and collecting fish; and the player with the most victory points when the license cards or fish/crates run out is the winner.

Boat cards double as cash, for purchasing boats and licenses, and as captains; licenses are purchased according to an auction system.  Different licenses grant the owner various abilities, such as greater cash resources or the ability to draw extra cards.

Fleet.

What we liked:

  • Very good quality cards and pieces; nice art
  • Plays quickly like a time-killing game, but has more depth
  • Requires some sophisticated strategic decisions
  • Relatively short game play time; good for multiple sessions
  • Turns are quick, with little downtime
  • Reasonably priced for an indie game
 What we didn’t like so much:
  • Runaway leader problem — once one player gets ahead of the others, it can be hard to catch up
  • Theme (commercial fishing) not strongly attached to game mechanics — it really could be a game about anything
  • Takes up a lot of space on the table
Recommended for:

GamerJargon.net Rating: "Good."

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