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Welcome to the city of Machi Koro. You've just been elected Mayor. Congrats! Unfortunately the citizens have some pretty big demands: jobs, a theme park, a couple of cheese factories and maybe even a radio tower. A tough proposition since the city currently consists of a wheat field, a bakery and a single die.

Armed only with your trusty die and a dream, you must grow Machi Koro into the largest city in the region. You will need to collect income from developments, build public works, and steal from your neighbors' coffers. Just make sure they aren't doing the same to you!

Machi Koro is a fast-paced game for 2-4 players. Each player wants to develop the city on his own terms in order to complete all of the landmarks under construction faster than his rivals. On his turn, each player rolls one or two dice. If the sum of the dice rolled matches the number of a building that a player owns, he gets the effect of that building; in some cases opponents will also benefit from your die (just as you can benefit from theirs). Then, with money in hand a player can build a landmark or a new building, ideally adding to the wealth of his city on future turns. The first player to construct all of his landmarks wins!

Customer Reviews

Love love love Machi koro Review by LunaReview
It already has a cool name and awesome artwork, what more do you need? I tell my friends this is Japanese monopoly but better!

Won't recap the rules as the other reviews give you some great insight but will say this, the rule book itself can be a little vague, so to get going the first time we watched a 'how to play' video on you tube and after that we were fine.

Agreed that this is great for 2-4 players equally. If you play a lot with the same amount of players you'll fall into a particular strategy (a bit like monopoly), when this happens it's time to get the expansion pack (which really shakes things up)!

My partner and I weren't really game players but loved playing classic cribbage and Quirkle and I wanted a few more 2 player we could play instead of watching the TV, I couldn't resist the art of this one and bought it straight away. We've been crazy about it ever since.

We've played with parents, brothers and sisters, it's a good one for everyone! It does take a little while to learn the game play in the first game but after that you're away!
Highly recommend (Posted on 28/06/2015)
Fun, fast, city building game nicely integrates dice and skill for a game that you will want to play again and again. Review by Moose_Heas
The fictional town of Machi Koro needs your help. Be the first to build your in town buildings and you win.

A turn consists of three parts:
1) roll a die (you may roll two if you have upgraded your town)
2) Earn money from constructed buildings based on the total of dice just rolled
3) buy buildings.

Everyone starts with the same basic town including production buildings of a wheat field and bakery along with in town buildings of a train station, shopping mall, amusement park and radio tower.

Every card has a basic structure:
- dice total to activate at top
- cost to purchase or activate or purchase in gold coins at the bottom
- a symbol indicating the building type
- a description of action to take when card activates

Card activation happen in a precise order once dice have been rolled. Earnings are for each card owned.
- first any red cards where the active player pays opponents in reverse player order according to the buildings they own as much as they can. If you don't have obey you don't pay.
- next the blue and green buildings. Green only earn for the active player who owns them, blue for all players that own them.
- finally purple buildings where you collect from opponents.

Next, you may optionally buy only one building per turn. This may be a building from the marketplace or one of your in-town buildings needing completion. If it's your last one you win. Note: you may only own one of each type of purple building where you may own multiple other buildings. If no winner, pass dice to next player.

It's a fun, fast, city building game nicely integrating dice and skill for a game that you will want to play again and again.

Plays equally well for 2-4 players. (Posted on 28/05/2015)

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