Machi Koro! Card Game – Game Review

Welcome to the city of “Machi Koro”, the Japanese card game that sees you take on the role of Mayor. As Mayor it is your job to try and grow the sleepy town of “Machi Koro” into the largest city in the region. Collect income from developments, build public works, and ‘steal’ from your neighbors (well it’s business, what’s a Mayor to do!).

“Machi Koro” is a straight forward and fun card based game, using dice for randomization. All you need to do to win is complete (turn over) four major landmarks – a train station, shopping mall, amusement park and radio tower and boom!

Machi Koro game review - Machi Koro card gameMachi Koro! A great little card game… now let me buy another wheat field…

The joy of “Machi Koro” is it’s ease of play and quick set-up / game time. It’s not a perfect game by any means, but it is great where it counts. Things that let “Machi Koro” down slightly are the strength of certain cards over others. Though the dice go some way in moderating this, it still means a savvy player could essentially use similar tactics each game and win or come close.

This one complaint however does not detract from what is a fun, fairly swift and overall charming card game for all the family. “Machi Koro” is well worth a purchase.

Game Build Quality
Regular retail version: Lovely sturdy box, great slick cards, nothing bad to report. Some gamers expressed dismay at splitting cards and Harbor expansion cards being slightly different size, but we’ve not noted either of these issues.

Ages 10 and up
2 to 4 players
Setup Time a couple of minutes
Playing time: 30 minutes

[author] [authorimage timthumb=’off’]/content/images/2016/02/gameapalooza-micro-review-icon-sm.gif[/authorimage] [authorinfo]Micro Review – One of the best city building / dice rolling games we’ve played. Simple to learn / play and filled with charm. Though not a perfect game, it’s definitely worth buying. Do it, there’s even expansions. [/authorinfo] [/author]

You can purchase “Machi Koro” from our sponsor, Aussie game store Gameology.


Disclosure: Gameology furnished us with a copy of the game for review. This does not affect the review in any way, other than we were able to bring it to our readers. We thank them for their support.