Quadropolis is a fantastic family-weight strategy board game from respected publisher Days of Wonder. Up to four players take on the role of city planners and architects. Which apartments, shops, factories, harbours or parks will you construct, and where?
Games of Quadropolis last for four rounds, featuring a blend of hand management and tile placement. At the start of each round, you’ll populate a central board (a 5×5 grid) full of tiles. These are all manner of different buildings that you could place within your city. Each type of building has its own end-game scoring pattern. You’ll need to spin a few different ‘set collection’ plates!
Each player has four architects, numbered 1-4. On your turn, you’ll place one architect around the central board, next to a row or column of your choice. You’ll then take the tile as far into this row or column that equals the architect’s number. (The second tile in for the number 2 architect, for example.) A token jumps into the now-empty space on the board. You’ve now blocked the next player from taking any tiles from that row or column. They’ll have to pick a different row or column, claim the tile, and the token moves again…
Then, you have a decision to make. If you claimed a tile using that number 2 architect, you have to place this building in your own city player board. It has to sit in either the column or row that matches that number, or in the same-numbered ‘district’. Or, if it’s a residential building, it can to sit on top of that tile, if the number equals the storey height.
After you’ve placed a few tiles and opponents start to block the main board, available slots begin to disappear. It’s time to put on that thinking cap, mayor, if you want to score the big points!
There’s ‘Classic’ mode (a gentle introduction to Quadropolis) and ‘Expert’ mode. The latter is exactly the kind of pattern building puzzle that board game fans thrive upon! High player interaction? Lots of key decisions to make? A handy-dandy box insert for setting up the game? There’s a lot to love about Quadropolis.
Player Count: 2-4 players
Time: 30-60 minutes