underwater cities review

Underwater Cities Board Game Review


Name of game: Underwater Cities

BGG Weight: 3.60 / 5

Year Published: 2018

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Designer: Vladimír Suchý

Number of players: 1-4

Playing time: 80-150 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Economic, Engine Building, Science Fiction

Mechanics: End Game Bonuses, Hand Management, Income, Network and Route Building, Solo / Solitaire Game



Strategy: 9.2

Complexity: 7.8

Player Interaction: 7.5

Replayability: 9.0

Game Rating: 8.8

Cost: 5.5



Weight Rating = (7.8 + 9.2) = 17

Playability Rating = [(9.0 + 7.5 + 8.8) – 7.8] = 17.5

Play Rating Score = (17 + 17.5) x 2 = 69

Value Rating = 69 / 5.5 = 12.55


Final Score Rating = 69 + 12.5 = 81.55



Underwater Cities is a strategic game that challenges players to build a network of underwater cities while managing resources and building an engine to efficiently produce and distribute goods. The game offers a wide range of options for players to customize their play style and create their own unique strategy. The game mechanics work well together and create a satisfying gameplay experience. However, the game can be quite complex, with many different options and strategies to consider, which may not be suitable for beginners or those looking for a more casual game. The player interaction is moderate, with some competition for resources and placement of workers, but not overly aggressive. The replayability of the game is high, with the ability to explore different strategies and card combinations in each game.

The game offers both solo and competitive play options. In solo play, players compete against an AI opponent and try to score as many points as possible. In competitive play, players try to build the most efficient network of underwater cities while competing for resources and points. The game can be played with up to four players and offers a good balance of strategy and luck.


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