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Gerard Boom
Netherlands
Waardenburg
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7.5
Nov 2005*
Great artwork, great way the balloons work on their diffrent levels. Sure there is luck involved but the way this game is developed with the winds on diffrent altitudesis great.
I remember always scanning the map because there is so much to see.
2005-11-27*
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Stven Carlberg
United States
Decatur
Georgia
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7
Jun 2009*
Balloons move around the board on hexes according to wind direction for one of three altitudes. On your turn you pick your altitude and then draw a card to see whether it changes the wind direction. Typically when the wind shifts it's by 60 degrees clockwise, so you can see the possibilities in front of you and take a guess. Once the simplicity of the routine was established the turns went quite quickly, and at this tempo the gameplay was engrossing. Luck-ridden, of course, but fun to try your luck.
2005-08-01*
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Daniel Danzer
Germany
Stuttgart
southwest
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7
Jan 2007*
The ranking depends obviously on the players you want to play a game. This one is for KIDS. And they usually like this one very much.
2007-01-27*
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Richard Clist
United Kingdom
BATH
ENGLAND
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7
Feb 2007*
A light hearted well presented box of fun. Sure the game can sometimes get bogged down but its always worth an hour or so.
2007-02-27*
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Greg Fleischman
United States
Brookfield
Illinois
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7
Apr 2007*
Got this game in 1987 before I was into the European games. Thought it was quite novel. The only reason for reluctance to play was fear of breaking the cool balloon pieces that moved up and down on the base. The game is light, but not overly so.
2007-04-13*
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Michael Saunders
England
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7
Jul 2008*
Great for the kids. Great for the newbies. Perhaps the luck element makes the game too long.
2008-07-12*
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Ollie Blacklock
United Kingdom
Lymington
Hants
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7
May 2010
Fun party game when you have some kids who what to play.
2010-05-10
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Eamon Bloomfield
Germany
23569 Lübeck
Schleswig Holstein
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7
Feb 2012
Has a game from 70's ever been made more delightfully?
2011-03-11
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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6.8
Oct 2010
Got a decent used copy at Essen. It's getting harder to find. Good family game.
2010-10-25
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Noshrok Grimskull
Germany
Bremen
Bremen
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6.5
Nov 2010
Neat game with nice components.
2010-11-14
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John (Jay) Gettel
United States
Brighton
Michigan
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6
Jan 2004*
Fun family game. Great components.
2004-01-15*
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Kevin Nunn
United States
Houston
Texas
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6
May 2006*
Don't look for any deep gameplay here; this game is as light as the air which holds its subject matter aloft.
2006-05-18*
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Stephan Koehr
Germany
Frankfurt
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6
Jul 2008*
Beautiful made family game. Much more luck than strategy. Endgame drags a bit with 5 players, but with 3 or 4 it's ok.
2007-12-18*
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Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
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6
Nov 2008*
Based on two 2 player games, there is something here, but it's light fun and captures the chaos that ballooning always appear to be to me, sitting around waiting for the right wind conditions.
2007-02-18*
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Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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5.5
Oct 2007*
Interesting game that has you working to take advantage of the winds - A good balloon themed game - awesome bits!
2007-10-04*
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John Squires
United States
Brooklyn
New York
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5.5
Sep 2005*
Beautiful game with some of the best componenets. Great theme too but the overall game play involves too much luck, as you're hoping & waiting for the wind to change to your advantage. Feels like a strange simulation & probably wouldn't get too much repeated play.
2005-09-18*
Richard Garfield
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Mar 2003*
Nice components, highly random play - good for those seeking chaos, but probably they would only be happy playing it once in a while.
2003-03-13*
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Mark Jackson
United States
Goodlettsville
Tennessee
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5
Apr 2009*
Very nice bits but rather slow... and, as befits hot air balloon racing, a bit random. Still interesting, though...
2007-09-15*
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Remco That's me
Netherlands
Unspecified
Unspecified
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5
Aug 2008*
crap
2003-09-17*
Fiske Warren
Australia
Perth
Western Australia
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5
Jul 2008*
Lovely balloons make this a nice game to own but not a lot to the play
2008-07-14*
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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Plate of Shrimp.
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Here we are folks, the dream we all dream of.
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5
Sep 2008*
Gorgeous board, outstanding pieces, fantastic mechanics, perfect feel, but where it excells in one end, it fails at the other, control and decision making. I suspect that this game would be bumped up to a seven if you could have one card in hand where you could play it or draw another. Use the lose a turn card to steal a card from another player, they may only draw. If it had just a smidgen more control it would be quite good.
2005-09-06*
Brian Bankler
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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5
Sep 2011
A clever idea that didn't grab me.
2011-09-22
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Juriaan
Netherlands
Leiden
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5
Jan 2006*
Fun: 6
Quality: 4
-limited influence (-1).
-few options (-1).
2010-01-01
Rudy Van den Broecke
Belgium
Heusden
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5
Nov 2012
Not the 999 game!

Probably a 6 with more than 2 players
2012-11-05
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Richard Bethany
United States
Roswell
Georgia
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4.5
Apr 2005*
I don't mind playing this one, but it certainly often seems like an exercize in futility.
2005-04-08*
Sven De Backer
Belgium
Lier
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4.5
May 2010
Played it once. It didn't feel too bad, but it seemed to become a bit repetitive towards the end. Don't know whether we had bad luck with the wind cards or didn't play it correctly. Should give this a second try sometime.
2009-01-09*
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Mike B
Netherlands
Utrecht
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4
Aug 2009*
I thought this was the original, more beautiful version of the newer card game Balloon cup...

NL: prachtig uitgevoerd racespel met mooie 3D ballonnen (die op verschillende hoogtes verstelbaar zijn). Gekocht vanwege het uiterlijk.

Te weinig controle, teveel geluk. Wellicht leuk & spannend met kinderen.
2008-01-16*
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Claudio
United States
Portland
Oregon
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3
Sep 2013
Missing two sandbags. Replaced with some cardboard impersonators.

Wow. Despite having the coolest bits of pretty much any game - balloons with four different altitudes! - this is a terrible game. There really are no decisions contained within the box.
2013-09-17
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Peter Millen
United Kingdom
Greyabbey
Northern Ireland
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trading within UK only for postage reasons
2013-05-20
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David Wright
United Kingdom
Wallington
Surrey
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2005-10-09*
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Mats Blohmé
Sweden
Simlångsdalen
Halland
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2005-12-12*
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jos horst
Netherlands
Groningen
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R4
2008-04-09*
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Beat Liechti
Switzerland
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2015-03-10
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Bulldozers
United States
Crystal Lake
Illinois
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Would love it for the art.
2010-01-09
Paul Thaben
Germany
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Crelle
2011-03-22
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Stephan Krug
Germany
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ohne Karton
2014-01-07
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Frank-Philipp Wolfer
Germany
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2015-05-25
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Bayerisches Spielearchiv
Germany
Haar
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2015-03-28
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