Keyflower Board Game Review
BGG Weight: 3.34 / 5
Year Published: 2012
Publisher: R&D Games
Designer: Sebastian Bleasdale and Richard Breese
Number of Players: 2-6
Playing Time: 90-120 minutes
Game Category/Theme: Strategy, City Building, Worker Placement
Board Game Mechanics: Auction/Bidding, Auction: Fixed Placement, Auction: Multiple Lot, Constrained Bidding, End Game Bonuses
Player Interaction: 8.0
Game Rating: 8.7
Weight Rating: (7.5 + 8.5) = 16
Playability Rating: [(9.0 + 8.0 + 8.7) – 7.5] = 18.2
Play Rating Score: (16 + 18.2) x 2 = 68.4
Value Rating: 68.4 / 6 = 11.4
Final Score Rating: 68.4 + 11.4 = 79.8
Keyflower is a strategic city-building game with worker placement mechanics. Each player controls a unique village represented by hexagonal tiles that can be added or removed from their village over the course of the game. Players bid on and use different color-coded workers to gather resources, build buildings, and expand their village. The game’s auction system adds a layer of strategy as players must determine the value of each worker and decide how much to bid. The game also features a unique mechanic where unused workers from the previous round can be carried over to the next round.
Keyflower does not offer solo or cooperative play, as it is a competitive game. However, it provides an excellent gaming experience for 2-6 players. The game is easy to learn, but it requires thoughtful strategy to succeed. The combination of worker placement and tile placement mechanics makes for a unique and enjoyable game experience. The game has high replayability, as players can choose to use different tiles and buildings to create a unique village each time they play.
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