Reviewed by Pevans
TULIP BUBBLE (Moaideas Game Design, 3 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, 45-60 minutes; $40)
I understand that there is some debate whether the early 17th-century tulip mania in the Dutch Republic was actually a bubble. It was demand for an actual product and had no wider economic repercussions. Be that as it may, the prices of tulip bulbs certainly escalated to crazy levels and then crashed (in February 1637). Which is where the game Tulip Bubble designed by Kouyou comes in. This is essentially a card game as it is centred around the deck of large format cards. Each of these is nicely illustrated with a particular tulip in the style of the contemporary catalogues.