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To start you take the top three cards and turn them over to specify how you score points with your city in this round. For example, maybe you get points for businesses on the edge of the city, or maybe you get points for the longest row of houses or parks. This means that each time you play you get a different combination of challenges and a related score to aim at.
You then take turns placing city block cards from your hand and drawing more from the pile. The aim is to build a coherent city out of the factories, parks, businesses and houses. Connecting four matching areas scores the most points. At the same time each separate road takes points away.
As you progress you work with other players to grow the city and meet the (often competing) conditions on the score cards you picked at the start. This is made more complex and interesting as you can lay card on top of others in your city to try and create more matching areas. However because you can't show other players what cards you have, you need to be careful not to ruin someone else's carefully crafted plan. When you've played all the cards you add up your score to see if you have met the specific combination of challenges for this round.
Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
You can play this game in the following styles:
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need not only to be able to plan ahead and consider costs and benefits of potential moves. They also need to be team players and work with others. For very young players you can play the game with open hands to remove some of the frustration.
Our Game Pathways reveal how 42-year-olds play this game:
- 42-year-old: The Challenge of Collaborative Planning
Content RatingWe rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.
- Sprawlopolis: Beaches (2019) - Adds beach cards that have to be played immediatley and enforce borders to your city.
- Sprawlopolis: Wrecktar (2018) - Adds a disaster card that covers the previously played card when it appears to cause havock and cost points.
- Sprawlopolis: Interstate (2020) - Adds 4 Highway cars that divide your city into two halves and create a competitive challenge.
- Sprawlopolis: Construction Zones (2018) - Adds a construction cards with new building requirements and part build blocks that need to be built over to avoid penalties.
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- Combopolis (2021) - Let's you build both farms and cities by adding 6-card combo pack.
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