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Uptown SW


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  • Uptown is a tile-laying game
  • The goal is to have the fewest number of groups of tiles on the board at the end of the game.
  • Playing time 30 minutes
  • Can be played by 3-5 players (special rules for 2).
  • Ages 8 and up
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  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 2 x 7.9 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: 1427613648
  • Item model number: 1030
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,127 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Uptown is a tile-laying game that can be played by 3-5 players (special rules for 2). The rules are very short, and a typical game lasts 30-40 minutes. But allow more time because you will want to play again and again! Each player gets an identical set of 28 tiles; then plays one per turn, trying to get their tiles in one unified group, while disrupting the tile groups of opposing players -- capturing them only if unavoidable. The goal is to have the fewest number of groups of tiles on the board at the end of the game.

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This is a pretty simple game to explain and can take up to five players.
John Houser
Winner is the player with the lowest sum of their islands PLUS the number of tiles of the one color you've taken the most of.
Vince in Chicago
I played this game with my Boardgame Group and enjoyed it enough to buy one for my family.
Linda Ernst

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chattacat on February 12, 2013
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I like this game and coming from a family whose 6 brothers love board games, this is kind of a girly game. The boys will play but the girls will play it continuously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vince in Chicago on May 3, 2011
Avid gamer. Host to adult (20's - 40's) gamers a few times a month.

This is one of those games that is a cinch to learn and very difficult to play well. Think of the board as looking like a Sudoku board, 9 spaces tall and 9 spaces wide. The columns are listed by number 1- 9, the rows by letter A - I. Each 3x3 square is illustrated with a different figure. each player has 28 tiles: the 9 letters, the 9 numbers, the 9 illustrations, and "$" -- a wild card.

During your turn, you must place one of your 5 face-up tiles on the board. Each space can take one of 4 different tiles: the letter of its row, the number of its column, the illustration, or the wild card. The goal is to group your tiles into "islands" that connect side-to-side (not diagonally). You may replace an opponent's tile with one of your own with the one stipulation that it doesn't break up one of their islands into two (or more). This happens more often than you'd expect. The winner is the player with the fewest islands at game end; ties are broken by the fewest captured tiles.

There has been a rule change that came out with the re-release of the game (under the name "Blockers" with less artistic illustrations and plastic instead of cardboard). Winner is the player with the lowest sum of their islands PLUS the number of tiles of the one color you've taken the most of. (If you have 2 islands and have taken 3 red tiles, 4 yellow tiles and 1 green tile, your score is 2 + 4, or 6.) Ties are broken by the fewest total tiles (3 + 4 + 1, or 8).

This change creates an entirely new game. There is much less incentive to take an opponent's piece to maintain a single island. And there is now a reason to balance your captures amongst all your opponents.
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Uptown is a fun game that a little abstract game that is like an area control game without the war, battles, and the multitudes of miniatures. I love the old-timey style the tiles have and the components are of great quality. There is a different game that has the same gameplay but isn't as stylized. I preferred this stylized and this art direction.

This is a pretty simple game to explain and can take up to five players. The board kind of reminds me of Sudoku, a 9x9 board.
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