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Pay Day must be one of my most played games. After receiving it for Christmas from my anty I played it weekly for months, could have been years.
The aim of the game is to be the person with the most money at the end of the game. It is very much like monopoly except you are not buying and selling houses.
Included in the game is:
One game board: this is a very colourful board and has a lot going on so it can be a bit overwhelming if you are not used to it.
Six counters: I like that there is a purple counter as it is my favourite colour. It's nice to have different colours rather than the usual red, green, blue and yellow. It is also good to have six as you can have more players joining in.
Purchase cards: these are one way of making money. I always hope to get the swimming pool.
Event cards: these are great if you win something but not so nice if you owe it. I like these cards though as I always hope for a good card, not always lucky though.
One regular dice and pay day cash and savings books (any savings in here by the 23rd of each month will earn you interest). I like this idea for a game as I havent seen savings in any other game.
At the start of the game each player gets given £1500 from the bank. This is a good boost to get you started earning money but if it is not spent wisely and you become bankrupt your in trouble.
Each player starts on the first day of the month and keeps rolling the dice until they get to pay day in the middle. When you reach pay day you earn your salary and start back at number one again. This continues until you get fed up of playing or someone stops the game.
The squares around the board have instructions which you follow. They are really easy to understand so even younger children should be ok following them.
Some of the common ones include:
'You have mail': pick up the required amount of mail cards. This can be fun as some of them are postcards which are amusing when you first read. After a few games we stopped reading them as you know what they say.
Purchase: pick up a purchase card which you may choose to purchase the item to sell on. There are some really expensive items that we all want to get.
Sell: this is your opportunity to become wealthy by selling your purchases. I love this bit as it gives me money, what I need to win the game.
What's on: here you pick up an event card. You could win the 'knobbly knees competition' or it may be time to pay out. These are a great boost to income as you get the money in an instant.
Others squares include 'happy birthday', good if it's you that lands there as each player must give £150. 'enjoy a day trip', just sit and enjoy doing nothing. Lottery, risk it and you could win big, a favourite square for me and my family.
This is a fantastic game to play with family, whatever there age. I like the unique squares like lottery which aren't in other games. This game is similar to monopoly, my favourite game, so I think if you are a fan of monopoly this is a game you should try.
It's the time of year when we have to start searching through items in our house which we no longer want and ship them over to the church for their Christmas fair. Usually there will be disagreements as to what gets taken, books and DVDs tend to get exchanged between us and gradually the stuff we send out more or less stays put. However over the years our mountainous pile of games has slowly diminished as we no longer play with them. Dungeons and Dragons are only just hanging on and now Payday is finally leaving.
With 2-6 players joining in, the winner is the person who has the highest amount of money at the end of the game. The board is laid out in the style of a calendar, with 31 spaces indicating each day of the month. At the very beginning it's up to you to decide how many months you'd like to play. If there is the full 6 of you then a smaller amount might be advisable as it can take a while.
Your game will include two different sets of cards. Red and blue. The blue ones symbolize your post and the red are your deal cards. On the board if you land on a postbox it will have a number on it, telling you how many blue cards you should pick up. They aren't always that fortunate. You can pick up bills going up into the thousands for things like a Victorian watercolour or a gentleman's hairpiece. End up paying a neighbour for making a bridesmaids dress for you, donating to charities or have to pay back monster charges. There are a few helpful ones in there as well though. You could also collect money from a neighbour or have a card telling you to move to the next deal or buyer square.
Landing on the deal square means you can pick up a red card although it's up to you if you want to keep it or not. These will have the name of a company, how much it will cost you and also how much you will receive if you get the chance to sell it. So you might pick up Yum Yum Yogurt for £5,000 but you'll be handed back £9,000 when landing on a buyer square. Sometimes you might not have the funds so your next step would be to get a loan. When you land on a buyer square it means if you have any deals you can sell them back to the back. You can have more than one deal at a time so you can pick which one you're getting rid of for a profit.
Loans are only a short term fix. At the end of each month you'll need to either pay the whole lot off or at least the interest. When you start the game you are given £3,500 which tends to start people going for the loans so as to get the best profits.
Other spaces on the board which will cost you are shopping sprees, charity concerts or going ski-ing. All of this money goes into the jackpot space and if a player is lucky enough to roll a 6 they can claim it all. Naturally if they don't remember then it is their loss and the money pile continues to grow. The better squares are lottery, winning £5000 for doing nothing and having a birthday where all players must congratulate you by handing over £100. There is no limit as to how many birthdays you may have during the game.
What I like about this game is that it's very easy to play. In the past we've been given board games with booklets which are pages long and make no sense whatsoever but in this case everything is self explanatory. It's recommended as being a game for people aged 8+ however as in the case of other younger relations in our family there's nothing to it which should stop anybody younger joining in. Depending on how many of you there are it can last for ages, enough to make you wish you hadn't joined in. On saying that, if there is only 2 of you playing it might be finished within 20 minutes.
It's uncomplicated and can fill in a bit of time, especially during the Christmas period when you have people over who you don't particularly like. A very good distraction method but even better to keep some entertained and not causing havoc. Somehow I have a feeling this game will be missed this year!
I play quite a lot of board games as i work in an after school club and the children love to sit down with a game. One of my favourites is Payday. This game is for 2-6 players and is recommended for ages 8 and up.
First you need to decide how many months you want to play, that is how many times you want to go round the board and move along the calendar from start to finish.
The object of the game is to be the person with the most money when you have finished playing through however many months you decide to play.
It is recommended that you if you play a game with 4 players that you play at least 2 months. If you play for 3 months it should take about an hour and a 6 month game roughly about 2 hours.
To set up the game
The game board just gets laid out on the table. There are post cards and deal cards, these need to be placed in piles face down. One of the deal cards needs to be placed under the car boot sale space at the edge of the board. One person needs to be the banker and another person will have to be in charge of looking after any loans, they will have a pad of paper to keep track of everything. You then pick a player to go first and you are ready to start playing the game. Each player takes it in turn to move along the board and then depending on what square they land on depends on what they need to do next.
If you land on a space with a post box this means that you have to take a post card, but there will be a number on the post box. This will correspond to how many cards you need to pick up for example, 1 card if there is a one, 2 cards if there is a two and 3 cards if there is a three. Some require you to sort them out immediately while others you hold on to until pay day at the end of the month. There a five different sort of cards that you can pick up-
Pay a neighbour- this one you have to pay straight away depending on how much it says on the card.
Mad money- this one you get to collect money from a neighbour straight away, if they dont have the money they will have to take out a loan.
Charity- this one is to be paid straight away and goes into the jackpot. The jackpot can be won whenever a player rolls a six on the dice.
Monster charge- these are your big bills and can be paid off at payday. If you dont want to pay it all off you just pay the interest which is shown on the card, the bill gets carried over to the next month.
Deal/Found a buyer- this card allows you to move to either of the spaces, it is your choice.
When you land on a deal space you pick the top card off the pile and you decide whether you want to purchase it or not. You can take a loan out if necessary. You are allowed as many deals as you want at one time. When you land on a found a buyer space you can sell one of your deal cards back to the bank at a time. They are worth more when you sell them back, the price will be on the deal card. These can not be used again in the game and any that you have left over at the end of the game will be worth nothing.
The other board spaces are-
The pools- if you land on this you collect £5000 from the bank.
The lottery- every player can take part in this if they wish but it is not necessary. Each player gives £100 andthe bank gives £1000, then every body picks a number between 1 and 6 to correspond with the dice. When the dice is rolled, whoever had that number wins the money if there are less than 6 players, you just keep rolling until someones number comes up.
Buy a pet, super ski sunday, charity concert, food for the month and shopping spree- this money goes into the jackpot.
Radio phone in contest- each player takes it in turns to roll the dice, the 1st to roll a three wins £1000 from the bank.
Happy birthday- each of the other players must give you £100.
Car boot sale- whatever number you rolled on the dice times it by 100 and pay the bank and the deal card that you put there at the beginning of the game is yours.
Walk for charity- Every player except the person who rolled the dice, must roll the dice and pay 100 times the roll to the jackpot.
Payday- You must stop here and collect your salary of £3500, if you have a loan you must pay interest and can pay off some or all of it. You must also pay your bills and any deal cards you have are no longer worth anything.
If a player finishes the game before the others they can still join in with the lottery, Happy birthday, Walk for charity or the radio phone in contest while they are waiting for the others to finish.
The winner is the player with the most amount of money.
This game sounds very confusing but when you have played it a couple of times you soon get to understand the game and the rules. It is a lot of fun but is definately not suitable for younger children.
At last, not a game review here. Only 2 more of them to go and i'm out of ideas for a while anyway.so i'll have to make do with another wonderful game, onethat doesn't hurt your eyes.
The Box- A light blue background fading to white nearto the bottom. Ity shows people standing on different squares with different days labelled on them. They are all running towards a guy in the middle who has money and are holding bills, post etc. In big writing it says 'PAYDAY' with it saying just above it-The Classic "Where Does All The Money Go?" Game.
Newer versions have a different cover on it. The old one, i think, is shown on the picture above.
Made by Waddingtons, 2-6 players, ages 8-adult.
It is a shame that so many teenagers (like me) spend so much time on their console, better than mugging people on the streets i have to admit, but since this game is available for little less than £15 at Argos, it is much cheaper. People will have to stick with youngsters buying it then, ages 8+. So, WendyBull, in the next 8 years, get this game for your newborn, to save her watching TV. Instead, get them to play this.
Basically, it is a game of finances and post, the lottery and buying and selling deals for the right price. Start out with a certain amount of money given by the banker and win or lose. It is up to the players how many times they go round the board. Roll the dice and move the alloted squares. So would you prefer a noughts and crosses length game,or monopoly? Just normal adulthood then really. The board is like a calender really, with it numbered from 1-31, then Payday, where you get some more money. Each line has 7 squares, one for each week.
What are in these squares though hmmmmmm? Well, its different each time. Here they are.
You get post if you land on a postbox square. Pick up how many it tells you and do what is on the card.
In here you get bills of different amounts of money varying from £100 to about £2000. Notes you get in the game vary from £100 to £10000 by the way.
Then there are 'give to charity' posts. You are forced too as well. I pay £3 a week to RSPCA, so why on earth would i want to pay £200 to charity to look out for litterbugs. Terrible.
Pay a neighbour means you owe your neighbour money for babysitting etc., or because they brought something off of you.
Monster Charge-Pay back any loans you have got. E.g. For every thousand pounds you have, by the time you reach the end of the month it has to be paid off. Risky. So the interest is £100 per £1000.
Mad Money-Collect money for E.g. Walking dogs from a player of your choice.
Then of course-Move ahead to the next Deal or Buyer Space. (Explained later).
Another square is 'You've won pools, collect £5000'.
Deal Squares-The part of the game that earns you the money. You pick up a card labelled Deal. E.g.
Bounce Around-(bouncy castle). Buy it for £3000. Land on a Buyer square and the idiot that doesn't exist pays £5500. Its an offline eBay.
Or Fly-By Night Airlines-buy for £11000 and sell for £19000. Obviously you prefer £19000, but , will you make as much money in percentage value increase.
Lottery is another square. If you can afford the bloody expensive £100 lottery ticket, each player picks a number. If you want and there are 2 or 3 players, choose more than one as long as you get an even amount. The persons who's go it is rolls the dice and whichever number it lands on is who gets the money off of each player and £1000 off the banker.
Want a pet? Pay £300 on one square for one.
Want a Ski Sunday? Pay £500 for one.
Shopping spree of £500 is another square.
How about £600 food for the month.
Concert for £400 too.
There is also a special deal card. It has it's very own square and if you land on it, you pay just that price x£100 (optional) for the card. E.g. If you land on 4, pay £400 for it. You might get a £20000 deal too.
Another one is a radio contest. First to roll a 3 gets £1000
Buyer squares are there but hae already been explained.
The 31st day is payday, and you get £3500.
An optional rule is to put charity in the jackpot. If you roll a 6, you get the jackpot charity.
Thats the rules already explained. Roll a dice and move that amount. Do whatever the card says. Easy rules really, and you don't have to have a 4 hour battle.
I have to give this game a pretty worthy 4 stars because of the simplicity of it. You read the rules, or this review once an off you go. I played this only last year and plan to again on a nice day with my sister and herboyfriend. It gives me a chance to do a jigsaw, play this, or monopoly and get away from the TV andrest my eyes and all parents should really encourage this in their children early on so they aren't always inclined to watch TV.
However, it is a copy of the monopoly in some ways due to the cards you pick up etc. but you'll see that when you play it. You shouldn't be bothered though, because they've made it excellent and sort of unique, so it is still fun.