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Fantastic Factories

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Fantastic Factories (2019) is a strategy game where you race to build the most efficient set of factories. You collect blueprints, train workers and spend your dice to manufacture as many goods as possible. It's an unusual combination of resource collection, dice rolling and puzzle solving.

The aim is to create an efficient set of interrelated factories to produce more goods than other players. You do this by purchasing factory blueprint cards and then building them when you have enough resources. Your factories produce their goods when you roll your worker dice and place them strategically.

It soon becomes a race to gain a well-planned set of factories and enough resources to build and operate them. This means spending your worker dice in a careful order to ensure an efficient production line. For instance, one factory may produce resources useful for another so make sure that one is triggered first.

In each purchasing phase, you are competing with other players to get the right blueprints for factories that fit your production chain. Each time you roll the dice you must figure out how to optimally place them to produce the most resources and goods in a potentially powerful chain of events.

The result is a game that is part deck building and part dice puzzle. Once someone has manufactured 12 goods or constructed 10 buildings you have one last round and see who has the most points. With over 30 unique blueprints and countless synergies across buildings, each game is unique.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Fantastic Factories 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Sequencing and Strategy game with Collecting and Push-Your-Luck elements. You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room. You can play it in a single-player one on your own.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 40 minutes to learn. Along with the wide range of factories, contractors and headquarters, it takes a while to understand the flow of resources from one factory to the next and the important sequencing of worker dice placement.

The first time you play this can help get you started:
  • Familiarise yourself with the sorts of costs and resources that different factories create.
  • Experiment with how different factories can work together, one producing the resources required by the next.
  • Experiment with some sample factories and place dice in different orders.

Play Time: This game will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to think and plan ahead. You need the patience to bide your time while you set up the perfect series of factories. You also need to be good at problem-solving to spot the perfect sequence of dice placement.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
You can buy expansions to the game that extend play:
  • Fantastic Factories: Manufactions (2021) Adds new blueprints, contractors, vitamin resources, and corporate factions that grant players unique powers.
  • Fantastic Factories Subterfuge (2021) Adds new blueprints and more player competition through stealing resources, cards, or even dice from each other. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2019, updated in 2021

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-5

Genres: Sequencing, Strategy (Collecting and Push-Your-Luck)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Developer: Fan Factories (@FanFactories)

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