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Suburbia


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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2014

Ages Play Time Players
8+ 90+ minutes 1-4

Manufacturer(s): Bezier Games

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Product Description

Plan, build, and develop a small town into a major metropolis. Use hex-shaped building tiles to add residential, commercial, civic, and industrial areas, as well as special points of interest that provide benefits and take advantage of the resources of nearby towns. Your goal is to have your borough thrive and end up with a greater population than any of your opponents.

Suburbia is a tile-laying game in which each player tries to build up an economic engine and infrastructure that will be initially self-sufficient, and eventually become both profitable and encourage population growth. As your town grows, you'll modify both your income and your reputation. As your income increases, you'll have more cash on hand to purchase better and more valuable buildings, such as an international airport or a high rise office building. As your reputation increases, you'll gain more and more population (and the winner at the end of the game is the player with the largest population).

During each game, players compete for several unique goals that offer an additional population boost – and the buildings available in each game vary, so you'll never play the same game twice!

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2014

Product Information

  • Manufacturer(s): Bezier Games

  • Year: 2012

  • Players: 1 - 4

  • Time: 90 or more minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 1,795 grams

Suburbia has the following expansions available:
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Average Rating: 4 in 1 review

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Clean, Elegant, but Full of Math
December 02, 2016

Suburbia is a board game that in order to fully grasp, you should know that the game itself has a sense of humor. The natural pressures to put slums next to meatpacking plants next to garbage dumps is clearly intentional over the course of multiple sessions, and it almost always makes me chuckle... darkly.

Often you will find yourself juggling many different things at once, and hopefully you'll love every minute of it. The visual design is pretty and clean, achieved through a consistent aesthetic that sort of treats the buildings as though they were at toy-scale and it's all easily readable (visually). The use of symbols to abstract the main resources of population (score), reputation (score per turn), money, and income can be confusing at times, so make sure everyone playing has a handle on those 4 main resources. Consequently, the game is about managing the ramp-up of a suburb and competing with other suburbs to buy buildings, meaning you'll be managing growing resource pools and growing rates of resource acquisition (or loss) so be ready to do a lot of quick math and CHECK to make sure you're right. This game nails letting you set up a turn or two where you make your score skyrocket after the perfect storm of preparation.

Overall I've had a lot of fun with this game, but it's maybe too much for absolute beginners or anyone who prefers more chance-oriented games with direct conflict.

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