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Eric Smith
United States
Philadelphia
PA
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10
Nov 2010
I love this game! This is the game I use to introduce new people to the hobby. It's fun, fast, and has the best bits ever. Some people knock it for the luck element, but I see it as a benefit because experienced players don't always win. That said, it's also a card counter's paradise. Underated.
2002-05-17*
Owned
William Paris
United Kingdom
Straiton
Midlothian
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10
Mar 2008*
My wife loves this game. She takes pictures of her fave cities! :-)
2008-03-27*
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Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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10
Nov 2010
Dutch, 999 Games edition (w/plastic buildings). This game keeps getting better and better with each play. There's a great deal of satisfaction when completing an area for a (30 pt) Shopping Mall, considering it's restrictions and limitations for placement. Wonderful production and quality bits! Great game for 2.
2009-09-18
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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10
Dec 2007*
This is a game that always finds its way onto the table. Great for gamers and non-gamers alike. Quite interactive, and beautiful to look at. Luck is what you make it in this game. But even if you lose it is so quick that you aren't waiting for it to end. Plus, at the end of the game it is cool to see the city that you created. Best with three.
2007-12-16*
Owned
old bag
United States
Unspecified
North Carolina
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10
Jan 2006*
Finally played it and LOVED it!! Only played once and a 2 player game, so still got more to get out of it. Dh enjoyed it as much as me, can't wait to get time for more plays despite me beating him!!

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2006-01-21*
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Joe Saul-Sehy
United States
Texarkana
Texas
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10
Sep 2011
My second favorite game. I don't know if I love the game or just love watching the city expand. It's much better with two or three than more people.
2006-03-16*
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Wade Broadhead
United States
Pueblo
Colorado
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10
Nov 2009*
Got it at BGG COn 2009!!! Already played 6 times!

The only game I've played twice in a row on game night. This one is just excellent. It looks good, has decent strategy, plays fast, allows you to complete a plan but you must make tough choices about how to maximize each turn, and set up for future turns.
2012-11-29
Owned
Duane VanBuskirk
United States
Rosebush
Michigan
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10
Feb 2008*
This game is way too much fun, there are endless possibilities for homemade expansions, after just one game play, I've came up with extensions for a Greek Town, 6 Phase Airport, Fast Food Restaurants, and a Museum Mall. This is definitely a game I'm addicted to.
2008-02-11*
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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10
May 2009*
Amazing game with very fresh mechanisms.
2009-05-18
soda light
Japan
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9.5
Feb 2013
I am pleasant the city planning. I always forget scoring.
When another player spoiles my planning, so shocking.
At the end, I want to take photos.
2013-02-10
Owned
Kent Herbert
United States
Canton
Michigan
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9
Oct 2002*
Nice equipment, board always developes differently, but some of real life principles of real estate development come thru AND it is not a long game, just over 1 hour. Strategy rules, not luck.
2002-10-15*
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Vincent Frattali
United States
Spokane
Washington
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9
May 2003*
Played once, but loved it.
2003-05-02*
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Sean Carduner
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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9
Aug 2003*
More tough decisions & calculated risks in this game than most people percieve to be the case - makes for a lot of tension, which makes this a very fun game.
2003-08-20*
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Joe Andrews
United States
Birmingham
Michigan
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Feb 2004*
The longer I own this game, the more I appreciate it. There is a nice tension to your moves, and good bit of "screw your neighbor" and not much downtime (you do have to wait for your turn but itpays off to watch your opponents move to see what their development aspirations may be. The last few times we've played, games have come down to the wire. Very enjoyable.
2004-02-27*
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Ray Jankowski
United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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9
May 2004*
Cool pieces!
2004-05-10*
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Marvin Schulz
Germany
Münster
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9
Jul 2004*
Very good game for two players!
2004-07-12*
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jose burdiel
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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9
Aug 2004*
One of my favourites, lovely plastic buildings and clever instructions. I miss some expansions with new buildings
2004-08-26*
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Jeff Spencer
United States
Marquette
Michigan
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9
Aug 2012
An awesome game that produces a beautiful board when complete. I tend to spend too much time working up to a mall and missing out on other stuff. Considering painting the buildings.
2012-09-05
Owned
Michael Webb
United States
Western Mitten
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9
Oct 2010
Big City is a fairly light, best with 2 game that is essentially about collecting cards that correspond to spots on the board, and then using those to plop down various building types to score points.

The game has several hooks present. First, the building pool is shared, and it definitely runs out, particularly the smaller ones (residences and commercial of 1 or 2 plot size), as well as the one plot special buildings which call for specific neighbours (i.e.: 2 residences adjacent, &c.). Second, the street car lines, which are multipliers, can often turn into evil pissing matches as they are frequently used to bisect plots to prevent larger buildings from being placed (they are also often run into dead ends, presuming that one plays with the proper non-branching rules). Third, the board is modular, and because having cards for adjacent plots is a good thing, being able to place neighbourhoods in advantageous ways can greatly aid that cause. But your opponent might not be pleased with where you put that new plot of land. All the better.

The bottom line is that Big City is a lighter game. It is card driven, and getting a good run of cards at the right time will make you win, especially if you can get a majority of the special spoiler pieces (parks, factories) which can be laid down anywhere on the board (with certain restrictions), and which do not require one to have the actual plot cards for the spaces they are being put down on (i.e.: hose city). That said, especially at the two scale, there are a lot of little things that one can do to win at this game, and at that 2 scale, one is often able to KNOW where the other cards for a neighbourhood are, as the decks run out. This, in turn, makes this game much less chaotic (and more interesting). Because the piece pool is shared, and stays the same at all scales, this game is best with only 2, in fact, I exclusively play it with that number. Any more than that, and you have almost no way of knowing where people have pairs or triplicates of cards in a row, and you can inadvertently aid them with placements much too easily. With 2 though, this is one of my favourites. It's light, but it's always a blast.
2007-07-13*
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litho chong
Taiwan
Hsinchu city
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9
Aug 2005*
Got it from German E-bay, Jun 2005!
First play feeling is 7.
After a few plays, it is really fun to play this game. Upgraded to 9. I like to play this game, but i always have problem to build the first shopping center, and this always put me in a very bad position.....
2005-08-17*
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Robert Jones
United States
Germantown
Maryland
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9
Oct 2005*
The game is too short and you can run out of options too early. Needs more neighborhoods, buildings and cards. But what a great time you have while playing. Love this game.
2005-10-07*
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Brian Rowe
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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9
Nov 2005*
I've played the game enough now to say it comes off the shelf often and holds up well with two, three or five players (haven't tried with four.) Great bits, sometimes agonizing choices, sometimes that shopping mall just isn't in the cards...
2005-11-11*
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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9
Nov 2005*
City Hall is where the action is...........beware of the parks and factories though.
2005-11-15*
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Ed Douglass
United States
East Amherst
New York
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9
Apr 2006*
I REALLY like Big City. I agree with the reviewers that say its a better game with 2 or 3 people, but I didnt find 4 players to be too chaotic to play. That being said, I dont think I would ever try this game with 5.
2006-04-19*
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Tim Reddy
United States
Florissant
Missouri
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9
May 2006*
Simple rules, easy to teach, quick setup. Moves fast, usually takes from 45 minutes to an hour.
2006-05-25*
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Chris Fenwick
United States
New Jersey
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9
Aug 2006*
In terms of bits, this is one of the coolest games ever. I'm pretty sure it is out of print, so I am THRILLED to have a copy. The rules seem a smidge daunting at first, but just dive in! Trust me, it'll all make sense. And when you're done -- you have a cool lookin' city. Groovy.
2006-08-30*
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Steven Dennis
United States
Mandeville
Louisiana
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9
Aug 2009*
Deserves classic status. Great looking backed with great game play.
2009-08-23
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Gaylord Tang
United States
Bronx
New York
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9
Oct 2006*
Fast, simple, and satisfying.
2006-10-24*
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Billy Murphy
England
Sidmouth
Devon
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9
Jan 2007*
Received in trade with jsper for "Machiavelli". This has been getting a lot of play recently; one 3-player game with Mrs. Murphy & Frank, four 2-player games vs. Frank. Excellent with either number although I can see that more players would make things quite chaotic.
2007-01-02*
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bob weaver
Estonia
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Apr 2012
Wow, on my want list for ages, and after finally getting it it does not disappoint. A very fun beautiful game. Thoughtful decisions without getting you bogged down. Played as a two player, with more than 3 I could see it getting chaotic as you can only play with what you have, with two you had a lot of control as each player can really target areas. This game needs to be reprinted.
2012-04-22
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Rick Goudeau
United States
Moody
Alabama
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9
Jul 2008*
Plays well with 3 and 4 players. With 5 it is difficult to plan ahead.
Strategy is more complicated that first appears. You try to collect sets of properties for your buildings. The large blocks and special building that require a mix of adjacent buildings are more valuable. At the same time your opponents can block you.
The bits are fantastic and add to the experience
2008-07-06*
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Larry Kruger
United States
West Allis
Wisconsin
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9
Jan 2010*
Extremely fun city building game. Lots of strategy opportunities with enough luck thrown in to keep it interesting.
2008-03-09*
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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9
Sep 2007*
Terrific building game, with a bit of set collection and tile-laying thrown in. Plenty of chances for screwing your neighbor, and very enjoyable. Feels like it is over too soon, I want to keep playing!
2007-09-19*
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Gary Pressler
United States
West Lafayette
Indiana
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9
Jun 2015
After over a decade of being near the top of my want list, it is finally mine to play! Can't wait!

Update: Finally got to play, and it is as wonderful as I had hoped! Great, easy play. Kind of mean at times. But the final result looks terrific. I found a cheap copy of Monopoly City for some custom buildings, but that's not needed any time soon.
2015-06-13
Owned
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Alfredo Lorente
United States
Minneapolis
MN
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9
Apr 2008*
A great game, both simple in its rules and complex in it's play. Beautiful bits, expandable -- a stunning package. Looking forward to the new version, with the new buildings.

Location: Living Room (Bookcase)
2008-04-24*
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Mike D
United States
Rivererside
Michigan
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9
Dec 2008*
Wow - Look at the cool bitts!!!!!! Looking for English Version
2008-05-26*
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Jay Ouzts
United States
Madison
Mississippi
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9
Jan 2008*
I am looking forward to its reprint. Great game for non-gamers.
2008-01-05*
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Scott Russell
United States
Clarkston
Michigan
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9
Feb 2008*
Great game! Plays quick and every time is different. I had worried about replayability, but so far no problems. Enough choices every turn without having too many to bog it down.
2008-02-12*
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Thomas Eager
United States
Portland
Oregon
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9
Jul 2008*
One of the best tile-layers + hand-management games out there, and surely the one with the prettiest bits. Love it.
2008-03-09*
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And Erickson
United States
Vancouver
Washington
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9
Apr 2008*
If it somehow managed to play six it would probably be the perfect game in my opinion. The length is good. It isn't too heavy. The bits are awesome. It scales better than any game I have played (then again I probably haven't played enough games enough times to give this statement too much weight).
2008-04-02*
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Dave Kudzma
United States
Millsboro
Delaware
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9
Jul 2008*
I love it, even though I sucked at my first game of it. I look forward to MANY more plays.

Update: Would you look at that? More plays and it's a 9! I like the balance of hand management versus the timing of the buildings. With experienced players it can seem like someone has an unfair lead, and a timely play puts you with them or out in front.
2008-03-24*
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Robin Levins
United States
Round Rock
Texas
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9
May 2008*
Exceptionally good, despite the difficulty of catching up at the game. Quick yet meaty game.
2008-05-21*
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Steve Severino
United States
Camp Hill
Pennsylvania
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9
Jan 2015
Got this in a BGG trade. Anxious to play this for the first time. The components look cool and the game-play sounds interesting.
2010-10-09
Owned
Dom L.
United States
Maine
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9
Jul 2009*
A quick-playing game that looks fantastic at the end. Simple rules, fast gameplay, and something I expect to bring out again and again. EDIT: Unless I sell it.
2012-02-05
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Robert Steinweck
Germany
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9
Apr 2009*
Underrated
2010-03-03
John Farrell
Australia
Aspley
Queensland
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9
Apr 2011
This is just right for me - two dimensional thinking, hand management, optimisation - all the things I like. The randomness of the card draws is somewhat frustrating - it's rare that the grand plan works properly.
2012-02-02
Owned
Dan M
United States
Pleasant Hill
Missouri
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9
Oct 2014
I love city building, I love how this game grows in front of you, I love so much about this game. What I wish though was that the gameplay was a little more interesting. It's extreme hand management where you're cycling through decks trying to get a few that line up together and that element is a little opaque at first and I tend to favor very transparent and intuitive rules that get out of the way. That is what keeps it from the table.
2014-12-30
Owned
Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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8.9
Sep 2003*
Cool plastic city bits. MMmmmm. Also a very good game of claiming the best areas for your endeavors.
2003-09-15*
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Scott A. Reed
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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8.75
Feb 2007*
I looove Big City. It's quite tragic that this went out of print because the bits are gorgeous, and it's a nice quick and light game. It seems that nearly every game I get screwed over by someone dropping a factory on properties that I'm setting up for a big score; but then again, if I didn't spend so much time building them up for a big score, I could have played there already myself, and I wouldn't have to worry about the factory. Oh, the decisions!
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I am still well-enamored with this game, despite its randomness. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that in the last two games, other players have inadvertently set me up for shopping centers.
2007-02-27*
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Netherlands
Utrecht
Utrecht
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8.75
Mar 2006*
Great game. Very nice parts (for a boardgame) and not very pricy. This game is also very nice with only 2 players.
The game is a little bit strategical and very tactical. There is a reasonable luck factor in drawing the right districts, but that does not kill the game.
2006-03-21*
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