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Martin Rose
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Hello gamers,
I am looking for recommendations for city building games. I am looking for something that offers the following:

1. Quick playing (less than 30 minutes), easy to teach/learn, kid-friendly (age 6 and up; bonus if it works for a 4-year-old)
2. Works well with four players, but is still playable with two or even solo.
3. Little or no direct conflict between players.
4. No natural disasters or other random disruptions.

I think I am really looking for two games. I want something that will teach younger players the basics of urban design and the interaction of land uses without straying too far into micromanagement. I also want something that offers more depth in the management of people, resources, and money. This second, heavier option is probably the one that needs to work well solo. If I can get all of this in one box, that's great. But I am open to getting two separate games. I would prefer a modern, urban theme rather than a peasant village but that's probably not a deal breaker.

As far as kid friendly goes, my 6yo picked up the strategy in My First Carcassonne right away and loves it. She can play along with the mechanics of Patchwork but doesn't really get the strategy. She loves simple card games of the old maid/go fish variety. A little math at the basic addition & subtraction level would be fine. Fun, kid-oriented visuals would definitely be a plus.

Thanks,
Martin
 
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Cities comes to mind. It's a tile-laying game that's pretty abstract (you could accomplish the same thing by laying tiles of various colors . . . the city part isn't critical to the game). It's fast and pleasant and can be played solo.
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Between Two Cities is a good game but I am not sure whether your child will find it hard to play or not.

Santorini is more of an abstract game but has visual of building a city.
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For a simple one, maybe Ginkgopolis might work. It's using numbers and letters, but no text, and you only have to recognize and match them.
 
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Town Center (fourth edition) is awesome and fits most of your criteria. Works great solo as well.
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Quadropolis
Works with my 6 yo. Pretty, fast and no fighting.
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Suburbia

1. Quick playing (less than 30 minutes), easy to teach/learn, kid-friendly (age 6 and up; bonus if it works for a 4-year-old) Check. 2 player game can be played in 30-45 mins
2. Works well with four players, but is still playable with two or even solo. Check
3. Little or no direct conflict between players. Check
4. No natural disasters or other random disruptions. Check
 
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Bill Eldard
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Esvath wrote:
Between Two Cities is a good game but I am not sure whether your child will find it hard to play or not.


+1 Between Two Cities. It's for 1-7 players (though the solitaire rules involve cards with text), and plays quickly regardless the number of players. Since players cooperate with the players on their left and right, even young children can play it.
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+1 for Town Center (fourth edition) Here are a few others:

Card City (works well for solo play)

The City (this game is fun and should be reprinted in English! #publisherspleasepickupthecity

Small City Just realized you wanted 30 or so minutes so striking through, but still recommend if you have time




 
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Martin Rose
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I will have to look at all these in more detail. I think Suburbia looks most like what I want for myself but I am not sure the kids are ready for it. Between Two Cities looks promising also.

Santorini looks beautiful and really fun, though not quite the city builder I am after. It is a likely future purchase for sure.

Does anyone have thoughts on New York 1901? It is not quite the city manager vibe I am looking for either, but it looks fun and family friendly.
 
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spatialyst wrote:
Thanks for all the suggestions. I will have to look at all these in more detail. I think Suburbia looks most like what I want for myself but I am not sure the kids are ready for it. Between Two Cities looks promising also.

Santorini looks beautiful and really fun, though not quite the city builder I am after. It is a likely future purchase for sure.

Does anyone have thoughts on New York 1901? It is not quite the city manager vibe I am looking for either, but it looks fun and family friendly.


When I saw the first couple of your lines I was going to recommend New York 1901 but it doesn't have that management aspect you were looking for.

It is a terrific game. It is one that is easy to pick up and learn but there is enough depth and decisions to appeal to more experienced gamers. While it does lack the city management aspect it does reward spatial reasoning and forward planning. With bonus cards added to the game, the forward planning becomes even more critical.s

Quadropolis is another good one although, it too, lacks the city management you are looking for. It does have lots of tough decisions and I think of the tile placement and resource acquisition/use to be like Suburbia-light. (the turn-by-turn arithmetic is much more straightforward).
 
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Does anyone have thoughts on Machi Koro? It seems to fit the bill as far as being light, quick, and fairly accessible for kids.
 
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