Review: Flip City

Designer: Chih-Fan Chen
Year: 2014
Publisher: Tasty Minstrel Games
Players: 1-4
Game Type: Deck Building, City Building

The citizens of Flip City want you to expand and renovate their neighborhoods -- but if you ask for too much in taxes all at once, they won't be happy! To keep them at ease, you will play cards from the top of your deck (no hand!), push your luck, build your deck, and upgrade cards by flipping them.

An average setup time is roughly 5 minutes. All you need to do to get started is sort the cards into their matching stacks, making sure the correct side is face up. Then deal out the starting hands to each player, everyone shuffles their hands and you are ready to go.

What's in the box.

Players will go one at a time, playing cards from their deck. The catch is, you can not look at any card, other than what is on top of your deck. First you look at the blue box on the bottom for the rules of the card. If Residential Area is on top of your deck, it must be played. Your objective on your turn is to get coins so you can either purchase a location from the central pool, get coins so you can flip a card in your discard pile, or lay down a certain amount of victory points to win the game. The press your luck factor comes into play though, as if you lay down 3 cards with the frowning face, your turn is over, and you get nothing. So you have to choose when you want to stop, but beware of that Residential Area, because it must be played.

Solitaire play for Flip City is great. Below you can see a photo of how to setup your starting hand. For solo play though, your location pool is limited to just 4 of every place (Convenience Store, Hospital, Factory and Central Park). The location pool will act as your timer. When your deck runs out of cards, you have to remove one of the location cards and place it back into the box. You will be trying to reach 8 Victory Points before the pool runs out. So you have to manage what you buy, because you are taking away from your timer to win the game.

Starting solo deck.

Flip City is a great looking, fun, easy to setup, play and put away deck builder. As you get more plays in, your playing time will be faster as well. A typical game for someone new could be 20 - 30 minutes, where someone who had played 5 or more times could probably get a round down in 10 - 20 minutes. It involves some strategy, as you play against the decks dwindling down. Now that I am more used to it, I will play with 3 cards in each pool instead of 4 for more of a challenge. I really like this game, even if it is too light for some.

4 out of 5 Solo's

• Easy and fast setup time
• Easy to pick up and play, with easy rules

• Not very challenging
• Needs more variety, with expansions for solo play

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Necromancing the Stone - "Jewel of the Vile"

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