Great Uncle Edward has popped his clogs, snuffed it, shuffled off this mortal coil, kicked the bucket or whatever other term you would like to use to describe his passing. As sad as that it is, it means his massive billion-pound fortune needs to be passed along. But Great Uncle Edward hasn’t made it easy, and only one worthy person can have this life-changing amount of money and he has set a challenge to earn it! Accept the challenge set out in his will, be the first to complete it and you will become a billionaire! The challenge is to be given ONE MILLION POUNDS and spend it all before any of the other potential inheritors (your fellow players) in this exciting board game Go for Broke.
We love to play board games as a family and in Go for Broke the competition to lose a million as you work your way around the board is excellent. Go for Broke is a board game for 2-4 players, aged 8 upwards with a playing time of around 45 minutes. It is a game where to win, all you must do is spend a staggering ONE MILLION POUNDS faster than the other players. Spending that amount must be easy right? Cars, houses, yachts etc. and your money is soon gone. No, it’s not as easy as you think, no matter how good or bad you are with money.
Great Uncle Edward has left each player a million pounds to spend as quickly as possible. With £1,000,000 you could live the high life buying cars and houses, chartering a yacht, buying and selling antiques, betting wildly on the stock exchange, gambling or maybe buying a motor racing team. The idea is to just squander all that money as fast as you can. Go for Broke… the game you win by losing a million!
In the box:
- Pack of money in different denominations
- Company share certificates (oil, gas and steel)
- 2 dice (red with white dots)
- 4 playing pieces
- 4 race cars
- Slot machine with 4 dice (black with gold symbols)
- Stock Exchange spinner
- Auction House hammer spinner
- Racetrack spinner
- Sticker sheet
To play, you need to set up the board first. The spinners, slot machine and race cars need to be added to the board in their correct places (on first play, stickers will need to applied to the pieces):
- Slot machine in Casino Corner
- Stock Exchange spinner in Stock Exchange corner
- Auction House hammer in Auction House corner (insert it into the holes on the board)
- Racetrack spinner in Racetrack corner
- Line the 4 race cars up in the Pit Lane in Racetrack corner
Once the pieces have been slotted onto the game board you need to select one player to be the banker to oversee the money and share certificates. Once the banker has been decided, the banker needs to sort the share certificates in to three piles of different companies. The banker also must also distribute one million pounds to each player (6 x £5,000 l 7 x £10,000 l 6 x £50,000 l 6 x £100,000). Each player then selects two share certificates to get them started on the Stock Market.
With the argument over who is the banker out of the way, the kids can now start a new one over what playing piece to have. Each player must select a playing piece from the choice of gold bar, jet, jewel, or limo and place it on the corresponding corner of the gameboard. Then each player rolls the red dice and the player with the highest number gets to start the race to lose their money (with play then going clockwise around the board).
Playing the game is easy. Players must roll the dice, move their playing piece clockwise around the board (unless you get to a fork in the path and then you can follow the arrow directions to select which way you want to go). If you are lucky enough to roll a double six on your turn you must pay the bank £100,000 (an excellent way to lose a large amount of cash). If you land on a square that is occupied by a fellow player, you must pay them a £10,000 collision fee.
As you journey around the board you will have to pay out or receive money, buy company shares or visit one of the corners where you can win or lose money (our favourite corner is Racetrack Corner where all players get to race their race cars up the track (hint: try not to be in lanes 3 or 4).
Each corner of the board has a place to visit to try and lose a ton of cash, but beware, you can also win some too. There are four places to visit:
- Stock Exchange Corner: Here you can spin the spinner. This will let you find out if your shares have gone up or down. Go up and you win more money, go down and you can lose some.
- Auction House Corner: Here you can take part in an auction and come out that little bit richer or poorer.
- Casino Corner: Here you can play the slot machines for a fee. Match two or more symbols on the dice and you could be a big money winner. Get sent to Snake Eyes and you have to play a game of chance with the dice, don’t roll any ones and you could have to pay the bank a fortune.
- Racetrack Corner: Here all players must bet on the outcome of a race and could lose you £50,000.
The winner is the first player to spend all their money.
Overall, I love Go for Broke. I loved it as a child and still love it now. As a family we have had great fun playing it. It is an easy game to play, one that the entire family can play together without anyone having any advantages/disadvantages. The rules are very easy to understand, and the playing time of 45-60 minutes is a good length for family game nights.
Game play is excellent but we did have a slight problem with the Stock Exchange and Auction House spinners, they tend to shoot off the board with spun too hard or stick so that you don’t get a good spin – we did find that holding down the board when spinning the Stock Exchange spinner made it work a whole lot better and are still trying to work out the best way to use the Auction House hammer.
Go for Broke is a simple game where chance and luck play a big part in who the winner will be. It is great fun trying to lose so much money, and a lot harder than it sounds. A game where you have to lose to win and if you can make the other players richer whilst doing so, it’s even better!