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Suburbia Inc.

| Published: 2013
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Your borough has decided that it's time to incorporate. What does that mean for you, as its city planner? Well, lots more paperwork, that's for sure – but it also gives you great new possibilities for your little town.

In Suburbia Inc, an expansion for the award-winning Suburbia strategy game, you get to develop your city in new directions: Define borders that are unique and provide you with all-new benefits; build more than a dozen new, powerful buildings to optimize your income and reputation; and take advantage of new Bonuses (to increase your income) and Challenges (to boost your reputation) by achieving mid-game goals

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“So what does it incorporate?”

There are two kinds of expansions for games. One that radically alters the gameplay, and the other, that just adds more fun stuff. Suburbia Inc. is the latter.

So what does it bring to the table? More tiles! When you pick up the expansion, it will throw you for a bit. It’s just a shrink-wrapped bundle of cardboard punchouts. No box. No fancy inserts, just a block of cardboard and a rulebook.

Don’t let that fool you, this is exactly what you want. It adds a bunch of new building tiles. Some are just more of the same, and some add clever twists to the game, but nothing really earthshattering. In my opinion, this is the best part of the expansion.

It also adds a few minor new mechanics. One is border tiles. These are long tiles you can purchase, that form a town border. Things like a forest, or a beach, or a nuclear waste dump. These add a clever mechanic, as they generally have a strong effect, and can border up to 4 tiles. However, they cannot be built upon on one side, so you block off a direction you can build in, in the future. So it adds a strategy element as you figure out where you can safely put them without penning yourself in.

It adds a few new goals, as well as some challenges. The challenges are pretty simple. They sit on top of the B and C stacks, and when you get to those stacks, if you have fulfilled the conditions listed on the challenge, you get a bonus of some kind, like +2 income, or +2 reputation, etc.

Summary
Overall, the expansion doesn’t add anything game breaking, or change the game up in a large way that makes it totally different. This is a good thing. Suburbia was very good as is. What this adds is exactly what you want, more variety, a few tiny tweaks, and more bits. This isn’t the type of expansion where you decide to play with it or not. You dump it in the box, and you never look back. It just makes the whole game better. The best part is, there is no box to throw away. I would never play my copy of Suburbia without the expansion. It doesn’t “fix” anything in the game, it just plain makes it more fun.

 

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