Overview: Flip Metropolis

Overview: Flip Metropolis

Overview: Flip Metropolis

Since Dominion hit the markets again in 2008 and had a widespread success everywhere in the world, many deck-building video games appeared making an attempt to take a slice of the pie and share its success. Roughly these video games, differ in theme, a few of them are cooperative however, on the whole, they share the frequent mechanic of beginning out with a small deck and regularly constructing a greater one. Right this moment I’m going to evaluation a “deceptively easy microdeckbuilder” sport, as it’s described within the field, referred to as Flip Metropolis. The sport is designed be Taiwanese designer, Chen, Chih Fan and was initially titled “Design Metropolis” and printed by Homosapiens Lab in 2014. In 2015, Tasty Minstrel Video games, printed the second English version of the sport, titled “Flip Metropolis” and containing yet one more elective card sort than the unique (the Workplace Enlargement).

Flip Metropolis could be performed by 1 to 4 gamers, 8+ years previous and lasts about 30-50 minutes. As its title suggests, it facilities round constructing a metropolis however you additionally must maintain its residents glad in any respect prices. The sport consists of merely 86 playing cards of 6 differing kinds that symbolize elements of a metropolis and that are double sided, with the “flipped” facet being an upgraded model of the unique or generally a totally completely different constructing. Particularly, the playing cards are:

  • Residential Space / House
  • Comfort Retailer / Buying Mall
  • Manufacturing unit / Energy Plant
  • Central Park / Station
  • Hospital / Church
  • Workplace / Commerce Heart

Every participant begins out with an equivalent deck of playing cards, like in all deck-building video games. These playing cards are 4 Residential Areas, 1 House, 1 Comfort Retailer, 1 Manufacturing unit, 1 Hospital and 1 Central Park. This small deck is shuffled, taking particular care to not flip the playing cards whereas doing so and to not see them. Subsequent, the final provide of playing cards is fashioned, consisting of the next playing cards:

  • 12 x Comfort Retailer
  • 10 x Workplace (an elective enlargement)
  • 12 x Hospital
  • 8 x Manufacturing unit
  • 8 x Central Park

The sport is performed in 2 phases:

  • Play playing cards section: The revolutionary idea of Flip Metropolis is that gamers do not draw arms of playing cards however should play playing cards one after the other from the highest of their deck as a substitute, till they really feel it is time to cease. That signifies that, theoretically, one can play his complete deck of playing cards, shuffle and proceed to play. The playing cards as soon as performed, present cash, factors, unhappiness and may produce other talents. After every card performed, the energetic participant should resolve if he/she’s going to play a further card, trying on the high card of their deck. The essential level to cease enjoying extra playing cards, is while you get 2 unhappiness symbols as a result of that is the restrict that your metropolis can deal with. If, at any time throughout the play section, there are 3 unhappiness symbols among the many playing cards already performed, your flip ends instantly with out continuing to the tip section. In different phrases, a wasted flip. Throughout this section, you can too recycle playing cards out of your discard pile which have the recycle image on them and acquire no matter is indicated on the cardboard.
  • Constructing section: With the money gained throughout the earlier section, it’s possible you’ll select one of many following actions:

    • Purchase a card from the final provide by paying the quantity of cash indicated on the cardboard. The newly acquired card goes to your discard pile
    • Flip: Select a card from the discard pile and “flip” it to its different facet by paying the associated fee indicated on the cardboard.
    • Develop: Purchase a card from the availability and flip it by paying each prices

After the constructing section, you possibly can examine if a victory situation is met. There are 2 victory circumstances within the sport:

  1. Acquire 8 factors throughout your Play playing cards section or
  2. Fulfill one other victory situation laid out in a card performed (such because the Comfort Retailer that states that “In the event you play 18 or extra playing cards this flip, you win!”)

If no victory situation is happy, performed playing cards go to the participant’s discard pile and the following participant can start his flip. Money, factors and unhappiness gained in a flip don’t carry over to subsequent turns.

There may be additionally a solo variant of the sport which options the next variations from customary play:

  • the final provide consists solely of 4 playing cards from every sort
  • every time the participant’s deck is shuffled, he should select a card from the final provide and take away it from the sport
  • if the final provide is depleted earlier than any profitable situation is met, the participant loses the sport.
  • when an house is flipped, it’s faraway from the sport

These are the easy guidelines of Flip Metropolis, so let’s examine now how the sport scores in our normal scoring classes:


Flip Metropolis’s solely elements, playing cards, are fantastically designed. Every card sort depicts an space of town in a cartoonish model, but in nice element with shiny colours and clear graphics. The symbols used on playing cards are fairly massive and simple to grasp on their very own and the cardboard textual content is printed in a particular background, utilizing a font measurement that make it simply readable. The playing cards are product of excellent high quality cardboard, nevertheless it is all the time good to sleeve them. The flipped facet of the playing cards is distinguished by not having a shopping for value. Most flipped-side playing cards even have a recycle image on the underside proper as a substitute of a flip image (besides House).

The folded rulebook explains the easy guidelines of the sport in a best manner, leaving no room for questions, or not less than not apparent ones.

The small field that hosts the sport, appears fairly ideally suited for the job. It suits all playing cards, even when sleeved, whereas, on the identical time, leaving no further area for them to scatter round.

All in all, the elements of the sport are greater than satisfying and I could not ask for extra. 10/10


When first studying the principles of Flip Metropolis, I had the sensation that this was going to be a quite simple sport, possibly too easy for what I would count on from a deck-building sport. Nevertheless, after a number of performs, I understood that its motto, “a deceptively easy microdeckbuilder” was very correct. Though the sport options solely 6 sorts of playing cards (really it is 12 in the event you add the flipped playing cards), these appear sufficient to generate a really difficult gameplay. Each phases of play are very fascinating. In the course of the play playing cards section it’s a must to be very cautious, to not exceed the unhappiness restrict of your folks, so each time being at unhappiness stage 2, there’s this “press your luck” component that may maintain you on the fringe of your seat. Generally, drawing an additional card, with out shedding your flip, might show essential to the quantity of cash you collect with a view to purchase an costly card or make a flip. Different occasions luck will not provide help to and you’ll come upon a residential space on the highest of your deck, which have to be performed it doesn’t matter what and can break your plans, making your flip a whole waste of time. I completely like this type of problem and battling statistics. You will get a little bit of assist in your estimation by checking playing cards at your discard pile whereas having in thoughts that you simply begin out with 4 residential areas. The constructing section is equally difficult, by forcing you to make essential selections about how you can develop your deck. Must you purchase a card or flip one from the discard pile or purchase and develop? Often you’ll have all of those choices out there, besides throughout the first few turns and your selections could have essential influence in your progress. By enjoying Central Park / Station, you may have the chance to purchase / flip a further time, broadening your decisions much more.

Flip Metropolis contains some interplay between gamers, via the House and Energy Plant that allow you to position unhealthy playing cards (Residential Areas / Residences) in an opponent’s discard pile.

Throughout setup, there’s some downtime with a view to type out the playing cards that kind the final provide however since there are usually not so many playing cards within the sport, that does not take too lengthy.

The sport could be performed by 1 to 4 gamers and is equally pleasing with any quantity. The inclusion of a solo variant is greater than welcomed because it lets you train by yourself when having no firm and experiment with completely different methods to win. Nevertheless, this variant, has restricted replayability as a result of there is no such thing as a additional purpose to attain when you win the sport and take a look at completely different methods, I.e you possibly can’t have a greater rating of victory factors or obtain victory quicker as you solely purpose is simply to win.

Luck performs its position within the sport, however gamers have equal possibilities to be favored or not by it. The essential factor is that gamers can select to push or not their luck. One can play conservatively and by no means danger, or be intrigued by the problem and attempt to get an edge whereas risking to lose all of it.

The recycle potential is an fascinating function that lets you benefit from playing cards within the discard pile. It seems on flipped variations of the playing cards, along with their customary talents and it helps so much in the direction of reaching your purpose. 7/10

Studying Curve:

The principles of the sport are quite simple and defined totally within the rulebook. One can begin enjoying inside minutes of getting begun to learn the principles and that could be a very welcomed function by many, principally informal players, which might be simply bored by listening to lengthy descriptions and explanations. Even when you have not performed a deck-building sport earlier than, you’ll have no bother, studying to play Flip Metropolis. Actually, it could be the best sport for introducing somebody to the style. 9/10


Flip Metropolis is about constructing a metropolis, or relatively making an attempt to construct the perfect metropolis you possibly can whereas conserving its residents glad. Thematically, I can image the sequence of the sport like this: You begin out with a small city with a number of residential areas, an house, a comfort retailer, a manufacturing unit, a hospital and a central park. In the course of the play playing cards section, you watch your metropolis operate, with the completely different buildings present some advantages (cash, factors and a few unhappiness). Then, throughout the constructing section, you get to develop your metropolis by constructing extra or creating the present buildings to improved ones (via flip / develop). This course of succeeds in making you’re feeling like actually constructing a metropolis, though possibly you will not suppose a lot about it throughout play, being absorbed by the gameplay.

A difficulty that crossed my thoughts in regards to the software of theme within the sport has to do with unhappiness. What’s it that makes your residents sad? It is an excessive amount of development! That’s translated into among the constructions within the metropolis bringing unhappiness. I positively agree a few energy plant bringing unhappiness to folks, nevertheless I’m not so certain a few residential space having that impact and positively not a hospital. Who would not like a hospital being useful, close to their dwelling? I assume it served the mechanics of the sport to tie unhappiness with the particular buildings.

As for the playing cards’ particular talents, these aren’t actually tied to the theme and I do not suppose there was a simple manner to do this. Nevertheless, that leaves our creativeness free to consider what every potential may stand for. For instance, while you place a Residential Space / House into one other participant’s discard pile, that might, thematically talking, imply that you’re constructing his metropolis as a substitute of yours.

All in all, I discover the incorporation of the theme into the sport fairly profitable in relation to related deckbuilding video games. 7/10


Flip Metropolis is a really pleasing sport as it’s and I’m all the time glad to play a sport or two throughout a gaming session, although it all the time makes use of the identical stack of playing cards for the final provide. Nonetheless, there’s a number of room for increasing the sport with new playing cards and talents, thus multiplying its sturdiness. An enlargement has already been introduced for the Japanese / Chinese language model of the sport, referred to as “Design Metropolis: Reuse” and that includes 2 new double-sided playing cards, with 10 copies every:

  • Ironmongery shop/city redevelopment workplace: This interferes with the event of your opponent’s cities.
  • Flea market/recycling field: This card can be utilized when wanted to present you extra cash.

The small packaging of Flip Metropolis makes it ideally suited to hold on a journey. Take note of, nevertheless, that it requires a relatively massive floor to play, as you’ll have to lay down all of the playing cards you play plus have some area out there for the final provide. I feel that Flip Metropolis has nice replayability and even higher potential if enriched with extra expansions sooner or later. 7/10


I’ve an excellent time every time I play Flip Metropolis. Nevertheless, it isn’t the form of sport that may trigger bursts of laughter and generally it is going to require focus and a few severe considering on essential selections akin to whether or not to play one other card or which card to purchase / flip. That form of mind-boggling selections could be enjoyable as properly. 7/10

Closing Verdict:

Flip Metropolis is available in somewhat field however has much more to supply than one would count on from such a small package deal. It has depth and an unique mechanic of enjoying playing cards from the highest of your deck, as a substitute out of your hand plus a press-your-luck component that makes it difficult and enjoyable. Its replayability is considerably restricted from the truth that it makes use of the identical 12 sorts of playing cards in each sport, however there’s a number of room for future expansions that might elevate its worth and sturdiness. It is equally enjoyable to play with any variety of gamers and it even features a solo mode, enabling you to apply completely different methods by yourself. A extremely recommendable little sport, focused to youngsters in addition to adults, folks kind of skilled in board video games, virtually everybody!.


  • straightforward guidelines
  • clear and good art work and image use
  • difficult and unique gameplay
  • you possibly can select how a lot to push your luck
  • appropriate for all ages and ranges of experience in board video games


  • relatively restricted number of playing cards

Really useful for: nearly everybody, deck-building sport followers

Based on our scoring system, scoring classes have completely different weights. Elements have 15% weight, Gameplay 35%, Studying curve 5%, Theme 5%, Replayability 25%, Enjoyable 15%. Based on this technique and the above scoring in every class, total weighted scoring of the sport is:

Total: 7.6

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