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Dorf Romantik is a cooperative world-building game where you strategically place tiles to create countryside regions to score points in a variety of ways. Play is solitaire-like, but rather than matching suits you're matching landscape. It stands out for how this simple premise results in knife-edge decisions about which place your next tile should go.

Up to six players work together to place tiles and create areas of towns, forests, and fields with train lines and rivers flowing through them. As you do you gain three missions to create specific size areas to fulfill the orders of the population. Finally, there are the flag tiles that give you points when you create closed-off areas.

As you progress you learn how to create the worlds that score the most points. Although you can't technically lose, you can badly place tiles that don't maximise your score or options for future tiles. It's here that the placement of rivers and train lines is most important as only exactly matching tiles can be placed next to these.

Whether you do well or badly, it's a game that is relaxing to play. To add some bite to the experience, as you play you can earn the right to expand the game in different ways. This includes adding new tiles that are initially unavailable. These add new options and additional tasks for you to extend your high score.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Dorfromantik Board Game 9 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Strategy and World Building game. You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room. Best with 3 or 4. But also works well on your own.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 15 minutes to learn. Make sure players understand tiles don't need to match the edges like Carcassonne (although this does score higher). Also go through the different ways to score and how you might maximise this, as well as the limitations that placing rivers and train lines can lead ti.

Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 60 hours to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The nature of the simple tile placement and unfolding game options make this great for younger players. Older players will focus on efficiency and high scores.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2022

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-6

Genres: Strategy and World Building

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: Pegasus Spiele (@PegasusSpiele)


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