Keyflower review

Keyflower Board Game Review


Name: Keyflower

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



Strategy: 8.5

Complexity: 7.5

Player Interaction: 8.0

Replayability: 9.0

Game Rating: 8.7

Cost: 6.0



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.


10 other games that may appeal to someone who liked Keyflower are:

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  2. Carcassonne – A tile-laying game where players build cities, roads, and farms while strategically placing their meeples.
  3. Dominion – A deck-building game where players build their decks and acquire victory points by purchasing cards.
  4. Istanbul – A strategy game where players navigate a bustling market and strategically place their assistants to collect resources.
  5. Power Grid – A strategy game where players build power plants and connect them to cities while managing their resources.
  6. Puerto Rico – A strategy game where players build buildings and produce goods to ship and sell for victory points.
  7. Race for the Galaxy – A card game where players build space empires and acquire victory points through the development of their planets.
  8. Stone Age – A strategy game where players lead their tribes to gather resources, build tools and buildings, and progress through the ages.
  9. Terraforming Mars – A strategy game where players compete to terraform and colonize Mars by acquiring resources and playing cards.
  10. Ticket to Ride – A train-themed strategy game where players build railroads and connect cities to earn victory points.

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