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- Build the city of your dreams with a boardgame that feels a lot like SimCity(TM)
- Each player creates their own city, one building tile at a time
- Dozens of different building tiles that all interact with each other
- The resulting cities tell a story, from run down abandoned towns to thriving metropolises
- 1-4 players, Ages 13 and up
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Build the city of your dreams - one building at a time
In Suburbia, you and your fellow players are city planners, placing unique building tiles in your small borough, slowing turning it into a mega-metropolis complete with residential, commercial, industrial, and civic areas.
The buildings interact with each other in ways you'd expect - for instance, build a school next to a factory, and your city's reputation will be hurt. But place a mansion near a lake and watch property values rise!
A boardgame version of computer city simulation games
If you've ever played some of the popular city simulation games on your computer, tablet, or console, you'll feel right at home with Suburbia as you watch your city grow, generating income and keeping your overhead low.
The Cities You Create Tell Stories
When the game is over, your city will have a unique, fascinating personality of its own.
What's in the box
Over 100 building tiles
Build Farms, suburbs, factories, restaurants, schools, skyscrapers, and more, and watch how your city starts to benefit from what your opponents are building.
The rules are simple: Each turn, buy a building and place it in your city. Each building does something different as shown by the simple iconography on the tiles.
Gorgeous Wood Tokens
The colorful wood tokens help you track your income, score, and your city's reputation. And there's a giant skyscraper to use for a 1st player marker. ..so you'll always know who went first.
Be the first to build this fashionable eatery, and get a huge boost in income early in the game. However, your income will start to fall when other restaurants start appearing in your opponent's cities. ..just like in real life.
Build a High School and get a huge boost in Population (which is your score in Suburbia). High School population bonuses are based on the number of residential tiles you have in your city.
Plop a Recycling Plant down in the middle of your industrial buildings, and reap the benefits from all the nearby factories and their recyclable materials.
Top Customer Reviews
Several characteristics make this game very appealing:
(1) Rules are simple enough to each in less than 15 minutes, though you need to know all the tiles to play optimally.
(2) A game typically ends between 90-120 minutes, very reasonableeven for casual players.
(3) As your suburb expands, the reputation and income both get hurt more. This mechanism effectively stops run-away leaders.
(4) This game is NOT a multi-player solitaire engine-building game. Player interaction is subtle yet plenty. There are numerous possibilities of competition (restaurants, skyscrapers, car dealers), supply and demand (restaurants and slaughter house, industries and power plants, etc) and collaboration (airports benefits one another). In addition, you need to pay attention to the common goals, and also to guess other players secret goals if possible.
(5) High reliability: different goals and different tiles appear in every game. The game still feels fresh after many plays.
Potential problems for the game:
(1) After about 10 plays, I observed that the typical strategy to win is to build your income first, then improve your reputation to increase your population, although tactically you may use different tiles to execute this strategy. I have occasionally seen some people playing with "cash-rich" yet "low-income" strategy, relying on tiles like HOA or mint to generate cash income, yet these strategies are not particularly competitive and relies too much on what tiles are showing up.
(2) Due to the interactions among the tiles, book-keeping can be a bit cumbersome, but not overwhelming.
All in all, Suburbia is a very well-designed euro game. Highly recommended.
The basic premise is simple, each player represents a neighbourhood planner designing one of up to four different suburbs in the same city. Turns go around the table and players buy tiles from a common pool. Where it gets interesting is that many tiles give you bonuses for the total number of items on the board, for example, airports typically improve your income or population growth by +1 with additional bonuses for other airports that have been built. Not just other airports that you have built, but airports that anyone has built.
As your suburb in size it loses reputation (population) and income. This results in a great catchup mechanism. In addition to this there are public and private goals which increase end of game scoring.
The rules can be explained in under ten minutes and I have successfully taught this game to many people. I strongly recommend it.
Each turn is simple: you choose a tile, pay for it (the cost varies according to how powerful it is and how long it's been available, with new tiles costing more), and add it to your city. Adjust your income and reputation as needed, collect or pay money and adjust your population as people enter or leave your city, and flip a new tile for the next player. Most turns are very quick, so the game tends to play without a lot of downtime. In addition to population, there are goals (both common and secret) so that not everybody is going after the same tiles. Only a subset of the tiles are used in each game, so it will play out differently each time depending on what tiles come up.
I consider this to be one of the most successful games of 2012 (in terms of both how much I enjoy it, and how easy it is to get my game group to play it) and so far it's my favorite non-Age of Steam offering from Bezier Games. My personal gameplay rating for the game would be a four (because this is a bit lighter and more luck-driven than I usually prefer) but for what it is (a light tile-laying game) I give it a five.
There's many things I like about this hexagonal tile placement game. The reputation and income scale is brilliant in its premise dictating how much money you have and how fast your population grows. The score board also has speed bumps integrated into the track and going too far in the score board too quickly can really set someone back in growth. It's quite the balance to manage your income and money as you strive for growth of a successful suburb. Not too terrible rules with a surprising amount of depth.
I also really enjoy the aesthetic and theme of this game. The theme to the game mechanics fits really well and it's not every day you see a modern day theme with class in board games. The very clean art really accents its appeal of building up a suburb.
The only thing I have difficulty in this game is keeping track of all the things going on in your tile set. It can be easy to mix up income and reputation symbols sometimes when you're going about your turn. Understanding the motions will take time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun game--bit of a learning curve, but it's one I love! All the different elements are fun to keep track of and I enjoy the idea that you really don't know until the very end who... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Adrienne
If you look at the 3 star reviews (4%) you will see that they are truly undeserved. This game is 90% strategy based, with some slight chance offered in the order of the tiles (no... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Sandra Says
Currently in my top 3 favorite games! Every group we've played it with has thoroughly enjoyed it. Also worth it to get the Suburbia Inc expansion.Published 21 days ago by Britney Carpenter
Wonderful puzzle game of building a little city. I love this. Good interaction with other players as you can sabotage their plans somewhat. Excellent engine-building mechanics. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Daniel Noar
This game is daunting to a new player; the setup does take a little while - but once you start playing the rules are very straightforward. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teque5
I ordered this for my daughter, husband and children and they love it!!!!!!!!!!!Published 1 month ago by Pam Lively
takes several hours to play but great, fun and challenging game. Have played with both 2 people and 4 people.Published 1 month ago by MW