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  • Age range: 8 and up / Number of players: 2 to 5 / Play time: 30 to 40 minutes
  • Manufacturer: FRED Distribution
  • 1 board, 140 tiles, 5 tile racks, rules
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Uptown is a tile-laying game that can be played by 3-5 players (special rules for 2). Uptown is great for serious gamers, new gamers, families, friends... in other words, everybody! The rules are very short (see below), and a typical game lasts 30-40 minutes. But allow more time because you will want to play again and again! What's the goal? The goal of the game is to try to connect your tiles together into as few groups as possible (maybe just one!). A group consists of adjacent tiles of the same color, but diagonal connections don't count. The player with the fewest groups at the end is the winner! So how do you play? Everyone chooses a color, takes those tiles, and places them face down in front of them. Then draw 5 of these tiles randomly into your rack so only you can see them. Let's begin! On your turn take one of the tiles from your rack and place it on the board. As shown in the picture to the left, number tiles go in one of the nine spaces in the corresponding number column, letter tiles go in one of the nine spaces in the corresponding letter row, and symbol tiles go in one of the corresponding symbol spaces. Your single 'money tile' ($) can go anywhere! You may place your tile on an empty space, or you may capture an opponent's tile by replacing his tile with your tile. However, as shown in the picture to the right, you may not capture an opponent's tile if that action would split that group into multiple groups. When you capture a tile, take it tile and put it face up in front of your tile rack for all to see. At the end of your turn, draw another one of your tiles and put it in your rack. Next player! All done? Play until everyone has no face-down tiles remaining, and then everyone plays one more turn. The winner is the player who has the fewest groups on the board, and the tie-breaker is fewest number of captured tiles. If you're still tied... you should play again! Kory Heath, the author, has put toget

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Product Dimensions 7.9 x 2 x 7.9 inches
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
ASIN 1427613648
Item model number 1030
Manufacturer recommended age 8 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #426,406 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#69,530 in Toys & Games > Games
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4.8 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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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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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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I played this game with my Boardgame Group and enjoyed it enough to buy one for my family. It is simple enough to play with my 9yr old grand-daughter but has enough strategy to satisfy adults. It is a game that I think will grow the child.
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I've played this game with roommates who sport swag and watch basketball, engineering classmates, strangers from the internet, and past girlfriends, and they all enjoyed it. It's really easy to pick up, random enough where every game is unique, and is not language dependent. The game box is compact and well-suited for traveling.

Recommended!
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