- 2012: 33rd
- 2010: 23rd
- 2005: 22nd
- appeared on all three lists
- rank: 543
- rating: 6.93
- very, very OOP
Why It's On The List
- There have been a lot of attempts to make city-building games - but I think Big City still reigns supreme. Primarily, that's because of two things: lightning fast gameplay and unbelievably awesome plastic components.
Tips & Tricks:
- You MUST play aggressively to win - manipulation of the streetcar line is particularly important. (We have, by the way, always used the "can only play off the ends of the streetcar line" variant - seems to make more sense thematically.)
- The game allows you to see what neighborhood "deeds" your opponents are collecting - use that information to your benefit!
- While the Shopping Center is a big point bump, the effort to "set the table" in order to build it can cost a number of unfruitful turns.
- Sadly, it looks like Valley Games will not be reprinting Big City - it's been SIX years since they announced their plans and there's some rumbling that they're trying to sell the reprint rights to someone else.
- While components are provided for up to five players, I think the sweet spot for the game is 2-3 players. Four & five "work" just fine - but they are pretty chaotic. Two or three offers a nice level of control.
- Here's a pretty extensive post I wrote about Big City for my blog aka pastor guy (and which originally appeared on my Game Central Station website).
- Here's what I wrote about Big City for The One Hundred.