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My City (2020) is a world-building game where players compete to create the highest-scoring city by placing Tetris-shaped buildings on their map. However, it's a Legacy game which means the board and rules change as you play through 24 rounds over a number of sittings. This means you not only have to work to win the current game but then make decisions like permanently placing stickers on the board to change how it plays next time around.

As you play through the 24 episodes, you open envelopes which contain new rules, stickers and pieces that change how things play out. However, the basics stay largely the same. You start by finding your map, 24 corresponding building pieces and cards and laying them out in front of you. You turn over a Building card and then simultaneously add the corresponding tile to their map to build a growing city.

You're aiming to get the highest score which (at first) is determined by subtracting uncovered spaces from any positive points that you score. However, as you open envelopes to discover new rules and adjustments, the scoring and tactics evolve and space on the map becomes more of a premium. For example, you are awarded stickers that you can place on your board to adjust how the board plays. Or rules can be added, like buildings scoring not only on land coverage but also with matching colours or orientation.

The great thing about My City is that because the basic elements of the game are simple to learn and the rules develop over time, as a player it feels like you are part of an epic story. What starts as a simple tile placement game becomes an epic battle for supremacy over the life of a whole civilisation.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked My City 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Puzzle and World Building game with Brain Game and Strategy elements. You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room. Best with 4 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 40 minutes to learn. The basic mechanics of this game are simple to learn, but the depth of rules over the legacy game makes it more complex to play fully. You need to factor in learning time each session as the rules change.

Play Time: It takes between half an hour and 40 minutes to play a round of this game. This game has two modes of play, Legacy mode, which comprises of 24 games that build on each other and an Eternal Game game that is always the same. Both take the same amount of time to play, but the rules and set-up are more complex in Eternal Game mode.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The main mechanics of this game are simple to learn, but the legacy game requires players to learn many more rules. Younger players may be happier playing the standard version of the game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


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

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Puzzle, World Building (Brain Game and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Board, Cards, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Kosmos Games UK (@KosmosGamesUK)

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