For Sale combines everything most game players looking for a new style of game to play could want. The rules are very simple to learn, the game is played in under twenty minutes, and you can play it with a group of anywhere from three to six players. The general concept is you are buying real estate and selling it. This is done in two different rounds. As you can probably guess the first round involves buying, and the second selling. Before we get into the mechanics of the game though I will explain the game pieces.
In the game there are 30 properties you can bid on, they are valued from one through thirty. There are thirty check cards as well with two of each with values being 0, and then 2,000 through 15,000 with values increasing by 1,000. Finally you have money chips. To start the game you will get an assigned number of money chips based on the number of players in the game and if playing with fewer than 5 players you will randomly remove a certain amount of property and check cards.
As I said the game is played in two phases, buying and selling, I will explain the buying phase first. On each round a number of cards are dealt face up in the middle equal to the number of players. Alternate who has the first bid. When it is your turn you have the option to bid or to pass. If you pass you are out of the hand. When you pass another thing happens, you get the lowest value property showing face up. If you had bid previously before passing you do get one small favor, you are able to take half the money you bid back and pay the rest to the bank. This continues until there is only one person left bidding. They are the high bidder and win the highest value property of that round. They must pay the full price of their bid though! This repeats for each new round until all the properties are purchased. Then the selling phase begins.
In the selling phase there are a number of check cards turned face up equal to the number of players. The bidding is a little different though in this round. You bid with your properties and do it without knowing what your opponent bid until everyone has chosen their property to bid with. Everyone places a property face down. When all have played they are flipped face up. The property with the highest value gets the highest check card on the table, next highest gets the next highest check card and down to the lowest property. The property cards are then discarded and you play another round with just your remaining property cards. This continues until all the check cards have been claimed. To determine a winner everyone adds up their check cards and remaining money, whoever has the highest total wins!
Okay, one of the reasons I love this game is the simplicity of the rules. You won’t have to play practice rounds to learn this game with how simple the rules are. You can teach this in less than five minutes, and that is probably overestimating the learning time. The game plays quickly and while strategy seems simple it involves guessing how your opponents will play the game. Overall again, as I said in the beginning, this is a must have game. You can find it for around $10 which makes it even that much better. Honestly, this game is probably one of the best $10 investments you can make in your gaming collection. Now stop reading this review and go get it, you will thank me for the recommendation!