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Nikki Trowbridge
A family fav!

Wow this game is so much fun! My entire family (9 to adult) played this one over and over and over, often the kids picked it to play without adults which is always a sign it’s a winner. There is never any downtime on this game, as every single roll of the dice can impact on you - making it a great game for keeping people engaged. Highly recommend!

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Nick
An excellent intro to modern games

In the game, players are building up their own little town and growing it into a thriving city. The Japanese name, loosely translated to English, means ‘City Dice’. It bears many similarities to Monopoly: there is play-money in the form of coins, there are cards representing properties for sale, the players roll dice and they work towards building an empire as a real-estate mogul. And like Monopoly, winning a game of Machi Koro is mostly achieved by amassing a large amount of money.
That's where the similarities end though.

In Machi Koro, the aim is not to eliminate the other players but to be the first to build four key "Landmark" buildings in your town. Each turn you roll the dice to see which buildings will generate income for their owners - it's common to earn money even when it's not your turn so you feel involved and engaged with the game almost constantly. After rolling the dice you can choose one building to buy, which will increase your earning capacity in some way, hopefully taking you one step closer to being able to afford the expensive Landmarks needed to win. Then you pass the dice to the next player and the game continues.

The game typically takes 30 - 45min to play and it's very quick to set up, so it's easy enough to play several games in a row. There are a few different viable strategies to explore and the random nature of the die rolls means that no two games will be the same - there's a lot of replayability. Machi Koro is my favourite game for introducing new players to the modern hobby. There's a lot that's familiar (so it's easy to learn) and it has all the hallmarks of a quality modern game.