Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.
You play as a newly elected mayor building a city by placing cards in front of you. It's like Monopoly, but everyone has their own city that generates income from shared dice rolls. You choose which Building cards to purchase with an eye for their special powers.
As you progress, you can afford ever more complex buildings, with better powers. Some buildings let you steal from other players. For example, a Cafe gains two Income tokens when a three is rolled and one Income token from the player who rolled it. The challenge is balancing spend on new buildings while having enough to pay your opponents when you have to. The winner is the first player to build all four of the expensive Landmark cards.
What starts as a simple world-building game, quickly becomes a cut throat money making endeavour, where you must build a more powerful city to take money from other players. It's more expansive than Monopoly because the multiple versions of each building let you build things how you want.
The first time you play it's worth trying the following:
- Sort the Building cards into piles of the same type and try to understand their powers.
- Be sure that you understand the four colours and how they generate income.
- Help each other out by taking time to ensure that each player gets the correct amount of generated income on each roll.
Play Time: This game will take between 25 minutes and 40 minutes to complete.
There are a number of versions of this game, which all share the same rules, cards and pieces. However the most recent Fifth Edition has larger cards, larger dice and plastic money tokens.
We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Machi Koro Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@PandasaurusGame) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.
Diversity and Inclusion
Our experts have hand-picked the following board games that offer a similar experience or theme to Machi Koro. These are good alternative games to Machi Koro.
Our experts have hand-picked the following video games that offer a similar experience or theme to Machi Koro.