Cloud City City-Building Game Overview

Cloud City City-Building Game Overview

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It is my hope that by now we’ve impressed upon you the fact that not all games of a particular type are the same. There are a multitude of different games that may fall into the same category but that doesn’t mean you’ll have the same experience. As an example, Team3 and PlingPong are both dexterity games. But the first is cooperative and requires excellent communication skills as you attempt to get a teammate to carefully stack bricks. PlingPlong, on the other hand, is all about tactile control and *might* remind you of a drinking game. Add Icecool to the mix and you have a dexterity game where you flick penguins around the board. Of course, play Hurry Up if you want to feel like you’re on an episode of Survivor. So when I say we played another city-building game, rest assured that Cloud City from Blue Orange Games different than this colorful building game from Grey Fox Games, the Penny Lane card game or the cooperative building game from Kosmos. What makes it different, you ask? I’m going to tell you!

Attempt to build high-rise buildings and connect them with skywalks in Cloud City, a city-building game from Blue Orange Games. - SahmReviews.com

For starters, there isn’t anything cooperative about this game, nor does it use cards. You’ll actually be competing with up to three other people to construct walkways connecting high-rise buildings in your own individual cities. But there aren’t any buildings yet for you to connect your walkways. You’ll actually be selecting tiles that allow you to build them. Oh, and there are a lot of rules about how and where you can build walkways so it requires some thought with what to build and where. Did I mention that there are a limited number of resources? Well, there are. So there’s that too. Begin by setting out the buildings and walkways in the center of the table. Remove the starting tiles from the stack then shuffle the remainder to form a draw pile. Select a starting player then give that person the “one” tile. Distribute the others (in numerical order) to each player clockwise. Give each player three Cloud tiles then create a row of three additional next to the draw pile. Everyone selects buildings that match the icons on their start piece and the game is afoot. 

Attempt to build high-rise buildings and connect them with skywalks in Cloud City, a city-building game from Blue Orange Games. - SahmReviews.com

Throughout the game, players will each be constructing their own 3×3 city. Over the course of eight rounds, you’ll expand the base of your city, place buildings, build walkways and draw a new Cloud tile. There are three different categories of buildings, consisting of three heights. In addition, there are five different lengths of walkways corresponding to each of the three colors.

Attempt to build high-rise buildings and connect them with skywalks in Cloud City, a city-building game from Blue Orange Games. - SahmReviews.com

On your turn, examine the three secret tiles in your possession. Decide which you want to use then place it alongside an existing tile, remembering to keep within the 3×3 land restriction. Pay attention to which buildings are on your selected tile because you’ll need to align those with others in your city in order to score points. River Walkways are used to connect the lowest buildings in your city, Forest Walkways connect the midsized ones and Sand Walkways connect the highest. The city council favors the longer walkways that connect buildings and award points accordingly.

Attempt to build high-rise buildings and connect them with skywalks in Cloud City, a city-building game from Blue Orange Games. - SahmReviews.com

After placing your tile and buildings, you may choose to build skywalks throughout your city. You can choose to construct as many as you are able during this phase of your turn, but there are several restrictions. A few examples include not building over undeveloped land, cannot cross another walkway of the same level and cannot be attached to a building that already has two walkways. 

Attempt to build high-rise buildings and connect them with skywalks in Cloud City, a city-building game from Blue Orange Games. - SahmReviews.com

Complete your turn by drawing a new Cloud tile. You may select one from the three face-up next to the deck or take the top one from the draw pile. Play continues clockwise until all players have completed their cities. At that point, everyone adds up the value the council has placed on their various walkways to determine who did the best job of satisfying the council’s requests. 

Attempt to build high-rise buildings and connect them with skywalks in Cloud City, a city-building game from Blue Orange Games. - SahmReviews.com

As you can see, Cloud City is very different than city-building games we’ve presented in the past. Whether you want to play it alone or create an entire game night around this type of game, pick up a copy from Amazon or ask your local game store whether they stock this one. This time of year is when game publishers announce their latest releases keep your head out of the clouds and keep watch of Blue Orange GamesFacebook and Twitter channels for updates!

What’s the highest building you’ve ever been in? Would you use a skywalk that high up?

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23 comments on «Cloud City City-Building Game Overview»

  1. Mia Rose says:

    I have been in the Empire State Building.

  2. John Dickson says:

    20 levels.No way.

  3. Sue E says:

    I used to work in the Sears Tower on the 35 and 42 floors. I’ve been to the Sky Deck.
    You can actually feel the building sway on windy days.

  4. Penny Branson LeBaron says:

    I’ve been on the Empire State Building and the original WTC buildings and no way

  5. Donna L says:

    I would guess about 10 floors. So, no need.

  6. Joaquim Semeano says:

    16 floors. No need.

  7. Thanay Binford says:

    20 floors is the highest I’ve been, I wouldnt use a sky walk

  8. EMMA L HORTON says:

    THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING…..AND IF I HAD TO USE THE SKY WALK, I WOULD.

  9. Michael Shea says:

    Empire State Building

  10. Jessica Peeling says:

    I’ve been in the empire state building. I don’t like using high sky walks!

  11. Alex Reynolds says:

    Highest building I’ve ever been in? I’ll take that as the highest point I’ve reached in a building. I think it’d have to be either the Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Tower. I’d use a sky walk purely for the new experience!

  12. Pavlos says:

    The highest i’ve been on is the 6th floor of a random building. No need for a skywalk. Haven’t visited many places..

  13. Kristy Reid says:

    I’ve been up the Empire State Building and the CN tower. I stood on the glass floor of the CN Tower and that was scary enough for me!
    Although not a building, I’ve also done the Peak 2 Peak Gondalo at Whistler and that’s crazy high!

  14. Piroska says:

    The highest building I’ve been on is the Sears Tower in Vancouver, which is 20 stories. No, I wouldn’t use a skywalk.

  15. Jordan Binkerd says:

    Probably the Miniature Eiffel Tower at Kings Island. And if it was enclosed, sure. He said, from ground level….

  16. Darren Green says:

    I’ve been in some tall buildings but never to the top. I’m not sure what the tallest building that I have been in is. Maybe the Willis Tower. One day I’ll go to the Sky Deck.

  17. KT says:

    The former Twin Towers in NYC (though didn’t go up all the way) is I think the highest I’ve been.
    Not sure which is higher, the observation deck of Empire State building in NYC or Sears Tower in Chicago might be the highest I’ve been.
    And I’ve seen one of the world’ tallest building (Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), but didn’t go in. (It’s since been overshaddowed by others).

    And no, I would not take a skywalk in any of those!

  18. Elena says:

    The highest building i’ve been on is 4-5 stories.

  19. Syrae says:

    The WilliséSears tower in Chicago

  20. Frankie Pinnix says:

    I have acrophobia, so I don’t do heights. However, I adore the Eiffel Tower! So when we vacationed in Paris-I went up in the elevator! I couldn’t believe I could do it! It’s height to the tip is 324 meters.

  21. Rhonda Struthers says:

    I believe the highest building I have been in is the CN Tower in Toronto. I don’t think I have the nerve to do a SkyWalk.

  22. Ed says:

    The highest building I have been in is the CN Tower in Toronto. Would not use a skywalk that high up.

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