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Store:  Family Games
Series:  Out of the Box PIN Games
Theme:  Real Estate
Genre:  Abstract Strategy
Format:  Board Games
Other:  Beautiful Games

Cityscape


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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 10-20 minutes 2-4

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  • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD
    Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Build to make your view of the city match your aspirations.

Secretly plan the shape of this city from its primary view on your side. Then take turns building it to meet your plan, and/or thwart your opponent. This is a game of correctly anticipating other players' hidden agendas.

A quick family game to play over and over again. It challenges you to achieve your secret goals and second-guess your opponent's actions, as you build competing views of a city.

Product Awards

Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 2003
Major FUN
Award Winner, 2003

Product Information

Contents:

  • Wooden game board
  • 25 Building blocks
  • 4 Cityscape holders
  • 16 Goal-setting dice
  • Dice
  • Rules

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 4.5 in 2 reviews


 
 
 
 
 
Simple Concept, Fun -- No wonder it's a Mensa Winner
April 23, 2003

I encountered this game at Mind Games 2003 hosted by Mensa. This one the seal along with four other games (TransAmerica, Octiles, Blokus, and Fire & Ice. The game has wooden blocks and each person has to make their own buildings from these blocks. They are scored on skylines they make (based on where they are sitting). Simple game and we have played this many times again and again. Its a solid game.

 
 
 
 
 
It looks like 'Manhattan' -- but it's not.
January 25, 2004

Veterans of the award-winning Manhattan might take a quick look at Cityscape and surmise that it's 'Manhattan-in-wood.' However, this game is quite different.

First, let me say that I concur with Alan How's excellent review from Counter magazine, and particularly his conclusions. I own and love Manhattan and Capitol, and I'm still happy I picked up a copy of Cityscape. Whereas those older cousins add a little mystery to the game through cards, Cityscape does it via hidden victory solutions, thereby keeping the winning conditions and the play options constant throughout the game.

The absence of cards to drive construction frees each player to consider all possibilities, and yet the hidden solutions (the 4 dice) prevent players from deducing optimum moves (which in its worst form can degrade to the ol' analysis paralysis). There's a lot of 'best guess' to this game.

But that isn't to say that there aren't strategies and tactics to be mastered. Studying the oppositions' placement of blocks can reveal patterns that may tip off their solutions, while clever sequencing of one's own blocks may delay opponents' discerning of your solution, and may even lead them to making moves beneficial to one's own strategy.

This ia an excellent strategy game for both families and strategy gamers, and the wooden blocks and fine wooden gameboard make it visually appealing (It attracts the curious, and that's a good thing.)

Highly recommended.

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