Fortune City by Big Fun Games – Review

Theme and What is it?

Welcome to Fortune City, a building game where you build your own personal city. You build your city by purchasing goods and keeping track of your expenses. With each purchase you make, it creates a unique building in your city and upgrades your expenses tracker. With careful planning you can purchase goods, construct new buildings, and hire citizens to increase your city’s productivity.  To become the world’s greatest, you must create the most valuable city based on your buildings, expenses, collected diamonds and overall cleanliness.

Gameplay Mechanics

Fortune City is a tile drafting and laying game. Players begin with a starting board and seven silver coins. Four starting city tiles are laid out, and a meeple of the matching tile color is placed under the tile. When players buy a tile from the goods market, they take both the tile and the meeple. The meeple is placed in the park square on their starting board. The tile is then placed on their construction site. The player must pay for the tile to be moved from the construction site to a space in their city. Once it is out in the city space, the player can then add a meeple of the same color as the tile, out onto the tile. This is called “hiring a citizen”. This makes the tile a completed tile, and it will provide bonuses during the game and victory points for the final scoring. If players ever have a color tile without a matching citizen, they can then hire a VIP citizen, which acts as a wild and can be placed on any tile. After every player has purchased tiles and banks, and each player has placed, then the players hire citizens to place on their open tiles. At this point, players can drive their delivery trucks around and collect money, diamonds and trash. If a player purchased a bank, then they will get a credit card and add money to it. The goods market is refilled and a new round starts. Play moves through rounds until all of the tiles in the goods pile are exhausted. After this round final, scores are tallied based on the completed tiles in the city and bonuses from different tile types.

Initial Impressions

Just opening the box and looking at the many components to it had me excited. The game was colorful, bright, and the meeples were so stinkin’ cute! I was intrigued by the detail and was excited to play even before knowing how. The detail on the credit card is legit! The thickness and detail make you think it is a real credit card! This is a credit card I like though, no debt!

Game Build Quality

I love the components in Fortune City. They are built to impress and will last. They are also very cute! I love the meeples and the little trucks. They add a wonderful feel to the game. I enjoy when the gaming experience is enhanced because of the physical components. That means the designers nailed it.

Artistic Direction

I am super impressed with the color palette of Fortune City. I like that the colors are pastel based and not the normally used reds, greens and blues.  It was still bright in color and it all came together for a beautiful game play. The meeples were my favorite component in the game.

Fun Factor

The final step in a round of the game is taking a tiny garbage truck and driving a path in your city to collect garbage, diamonds or money.  There is a lot of strategy involved in the layout of your city.  Your garbage truck can’t go back in its route, and you want to hit as many buildings as moves are allowed. It is fun to drive your garbage truck in the city, and if you are like me, it’s even more fun when you play it making sound effects.

Age Range & Weight

12+ is the age recommendation for Fortune City. Depending on the skill level of the player, I wouldn’t hesitate to let younger players, who have some experience with gaming, give this a try. Kids should love it with all the great colors and fun artwork. There can be some higher-level strategy skills involved, but this might be a great game to help kids develop those skills.

Conclusions

Fortune City is based on a popular app that helps people get their personal budgets under control. The box version of the game will not help with personal finances but it can help reduce stress from poor financial decisions by providing hours of fun. This game has the perfect combination of great game play, fantastic art and really fun components. All of that combines to make a unique and exceptional city building tile game. There is just enough mixture of different mechanics to keep the game interesting without feeling overbearing. Fortune City is a game that should make its way to my table often. I love how easy it is to teach and how much fun everyone has when playing it.