Title: Tiny Towns
Designed By: Peter McPherson
Art By: Gong Studios
Published By: Alderac Entertainment Group
Player Count: 1-6
Time to Play: 45-60 Minutes
Tiny Towns is an abstract strategy town building game where players work to try to build the highest scoring town by strategically placing resources onto their town map and then turning those resources into buildings. Players take turns selecting a resource for everyone to add to their town. Players place resources in patterns in order to try and create layouts that allow the construction of various buildings. Each building type scores points in different ways. Players work to create the highest scoring town.
What's purr-ty cool:
Complexity: Tiny Towns is hands down one of my favorite games of the abstract strategy genre. It is easy to learn and teach, but delightfully thinky in all the right ways. As players only get to choose the resource for the round when they are the master builder, players need to work within the confines of other players choices, but have agency over how they use the recourses they receive. Tiny Towns is one of those games where it is impossible to use the same strategy every time you play because your choices will be impacted by other players actions. I also like how players have one unique tower building they can construct which stops all players from just building the same options as each other in the beginning. These towers are usually on the large size and need to be planned early in order to fit in your town. I like mild asymmetry so I am a fan of this game element.
Art: I just want to take a moment to comment on how whimsical and cute the art style is. I like the large cards as you can see some more of the buildings features and really appreciate the style choice. I also just enjoy how bright and colorful everything is. This is definitely a game that makes me happy to see it set up on the table.
Replayability: One of my favorite things about tiny Towns is how much replayability comes in the base game. There are numerous options for each type of building in town so you can mix and match the buildings you play with each game for tons of different combinations. The expansions add even more variety, but the base game has plenty of options to hold you over!
The cat's meow:
"Mom wouldn't let me pretend to be Godzilla and destroy her town. Such a shame!" - Pudgy Cat
Disclosure: Pudgy Cat Games was provided a copy of this game in exchange for a review, however, this review reflects the honest thoughts of the author.