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Board GameTumble Town Review
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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Tumble Town is a world building game where you compete to build the best town in the Wild West. You play by rolling dice to match patterns on Construction cards and using those dice to build 3D buildings. It is a town planning game where you need both puzzle skills and lucky dice rolls to win.

As mayor you hope to impress the people of Tumble Town with your building and town planning skills. You roll coloured dice, then match them to the patterns (both number and shape requirements) on a Building card to add that building to your Town board. Some Building cards have more difficult to roll patterns but also reward you with the most points at the end of the game. Weighing the risk-reward of easy versus high scoring cards is exacerbated by matching the townspeople’s requests for building in your town.

As you play, options for placement become more challenging: the shared store of dice becomes depleted and space on your Town board fills up. Spotting the best way to make use of every inch of your Town is tricky but the key to winning. When the shared reserves of two-coloured dice are used up, the game ends and players add up their scores. You score points for the buildings built and if you have managed to place them in the correct sequences on the Street board. The player with the most points is the winner.

This is an easy to play game, where dice rolling luck and spatial puzzles combine to make a satisfying world building game. It presents far more challenge that first appears as you need to match both building and placement requirements. The shared dice piles means you also need to keep a close eye on other people's building plans. It's a satisfying, challenging and competitive game that is different every time.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Sequencing and World Building

Pieces: Board, Cards and Dice

Developer: Weird Giraffes (@WeirdGiraffes)

 

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DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 45 minutes to learn. Although the main gameplay mechanics are simple to learn, the end scoring is fairly complex. You may need to work together to calculate scores for the first few times that you play and you can expect to play through a few times before being fully able to start using your own strategies.

Play Time: This game will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room. Best with 2 players.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players may be able to access this game, but they need have good spacial awareness and the ability to consider all the elements of the game at once.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

There is one available expansion pack:
  • Tumble Town: Round Up (2020) which adds more Building cards and a Wild Mustang card.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Tumble Town Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@WeirdGiraffes) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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