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Big City

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 45-70 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Franz-Benno Delonge

Manufacturer(s): Valley Games

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Product Description

In Big City, players take the role of a competing city planner and builder, each attempting to build a small town into a booming metropolis. But each player will have a different vision for the city’s development, and competition can be fierce!

Big City is played in different neighborhoods, whose position can change each game. Each player is given control of different building sites throughout the city, onto which they can construct buildings of different sizes and point values. To be truly successful, players must attempt to acquire adjacent plots of land, in order to build larger and more valuable buildings. After all, a player’s vision must be more than just a single house on every corner! Build houses, cinemas, postal offices, malls, banks and the newly added highrises and hospitals. Add an LRT line to increase the value of your buildings even more!

This new Valley Games edition features two new buildings (hospital and highrise) to challenge each player to build bigger and better.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Franz-Benno Delonge

  • Manufacturer(s): Valley Games

  • Artist(s): Mike Doyle

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 45 - 70 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 1,400 grams (estimated)

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English). This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item.

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 12 reviews

The biggest family fun!
June 26, 2001

Yes, this game has a fair dose of luck, and, yes, I really did rate this game 5 stars. When I think about games that I have played that have been totally overlooked, 3 come to mind: [page scan/se=0908/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Entdecker, Manitou, and Big City. I don't know why Big City isn't one of the best selling games around. It is medium complexity, accessible to non-gamers, interesting enough that even my 'gamer' game group enjoys playing it, and it has really cool bits. Replayability is ultra-high with this game as it is completely modular--and that quality alone ought to interest anyone making a game purchase.

As far as family games go, this is one of the best, maybe very nearly the best. This game is a bit hard to learn initially (with all the different building scoring), but the player aid card they provide is so well designed that you could start playing the game immediately, have everyone just read their player aid card, and they could manage it quite well.

I can't say enough good stuff about this game. I would recommend this to every family as their first game purchase--even before Settlers of Catan. Settlers has more complexity, but can only be played by 3 or 4 players (Big City is 2-5) and Settlers doesn't play all that well with 4.

Big City has all the right parts to be a family classic. Only the lack of shelf space at your local Toys R Us for quality games keeps Big City from such lofty status. Big City, Entdecker, and Bohnanza are no-brainers for family game nights.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
A city you'll never tire of visiting!
September 02, 2000

Big City is still one of our favorite games after over 40 playings. It's not unusual for us to play 3 or 4 games in one sitting, each game lasting 40-60 minutes. We've played excellent games with as many as 5 players, but find that 3-4 is ideal. Like the best German games, its simplicity belies a variety of subtle strategies. New players recognize this in their first game and want to play again immediately. The bits are first rate. To be sure, there is some luck involved in the card draws, but this is partly mitigated by the rule that allows a player to exchange cards.

We love this game, and hope that an expansion will someday be released.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Fun, fast, and easy to learn
August 06, 2000

My wife and I played Big City with another couple this past weekend and we all had a blast. My wife and I played it earlier just between ourselves and it didn't work that well with two people. But with four, it was great fun. There is enough strategy and luck to make it fun and unpredictable. Our friends had never played such a game before--they play cards though--and they really enjoyed it. We played it twice and it took only an hour per game. They want to play it again and so do we. What more can you ask?

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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