Machi Koro from designer Masao Suganuma is the new Japanese game that’ll be washing up on North American shores this summer. Like other games in this latest wave of little Japanese creations, it’s small in size, but big in ideas and aspirations. Machi Koro attempts to scratch the same itch that’s currently scratched by Catan.
There are lots of awards in the board game industry, but the Spiel des Jahres is the one that publishers really care about, because it’s the one that sells games. Over the last few years, board game enthusiasts have become a little critical of the award and the choices made, but the truth is that these awards are designed to showcase German games that appeal to families. They’re generally awarded to titles that are easy and quick to learn and don’t take an entire afternoon to play.
One day this game showed up on the front page of my favourite online game shop, and I’ll be the first to admit, the cover caught my eye with all the sparkly goodness of a rare gem, but I waited before procuring Splendor. The first review I saw was Watch It Played’s preview of it with Jules Vautour of Asmodee. My interest was peaked, and by the time I received my copy, I’d seen more high praise from both Drive Thru Reviews and from the Dice Tower. It was time to dive in.
Ok, this is weird guys… I have no idea how I got here, and I don’t know who any of you people are. I don’t want to sound rude – but what are you all doing here?
I guess it doesn’t really matter. You’re here now, so let’s talk!