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Flip City (2014)  

Flip City
Family Games / By Genre
Crossed to
Strategy Games , Card Game , Deck / Pool Building , I feel lucky! , City Building
Added on
Nov 21, 2015

Flip City is deck building game for 1-4 players, featuring 6 types of double-sided cards. You start out with a pre-determined nine-card deck and your aim is to develop a city. Cards give you cash, points, unhappiness and other things. There are two phases in the game:

  • Play cards phase: You play cards from the top your deck, until you decide to stop. You can also recycle cards from your discard pile to do various stuff. If at many points there are more unhappiness symbols on cards you played than your limit (default=2), your turn ends immediately. 
  • Building phase: With cash earned from previous phase you can do one of the following actions:
    • Buy a card from the general supply
    • Flip a card in your discard pile in order to get a stronger pile.
    • Develop (buy a card from the supply AND flip it)

The game ends, when a player gains 8 points during his turn or has played a "Convenience Store" card and a total of 18 cards. 


Adam P. McIver

Year Published
Minimum number of players
Maximum number of players
Maximum Playing Time
45 minutes
Suggested Player Age
Alternate Names

Design Town




デザインタウン: 再利用 (Design Town: Reuse) (2015)

More Info


86 double-sided cards in 6 types

The game cards can be protected with sleeves 63.5 x 88 mm (Card Game size).  You can find a link in the "Buy" section below to buy such sleeves directly from Amazon.com.



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Review by Maria Panagou at Board Game Maniac:

"Flip City comes in a little box but has a lot more to offer than one would expect from such a small package. It has depth and an original mechanic of playing cards from the top of your deck, instead from your hand plus a press-your-luck element that makes it challenging and fun. Its replayability is somewhat restricted from the fact that it uses the same 12 types of cards in every game, but there is a lot of room for future expansions that could elevate its value and durability." ..... read more

Review by Dale Yu at opinionatedgamers.com:

"The game is well crafted, and there is surprising depth to a game that has only 86 cards. There are 6 different cards – so 12 total different sides to play with. After playing the game six times, there is a little question as to the long term replay value of the game given that there are only two options for victory and only 12 different cards to use (and all the cards are available each game)." ....read more

Review by Jonathan H. Liu at geekdad.com:

"The press-your-luck aspect of the game is a key part of the gameplay. You know at the beginning that you have four Residential Area cards that must be played when they come up, and each one gives you an unhappiness. Your goal most turns is to gain as much money as you can without coming across one that will put you over your unhappiness limit. There are a few different ways to go about it: buy a whole lot of Convenience Stores (they’re cheap) to dilute those Residential Areas, convert all your Residential Areas into Apartments so they don’t have to be played, or try to get some Churches so that the unhappiness doesn’t make you bust. You could play very conservatively to avoid busting, but sometimes it’s inevitable (e.g., you have three Residential Areas at the top of your deck when you start your turn) and usually it means you’re not going to be able to generate much income."..... read more

Review at Board Game Duel:

"Flip City has fun, bright art and high quality cards. The rulebook is short, succinct, and to the point. There were no misunderstandings on the rules, and if you’re still unsure, there’s an SR Code to Watch it Played. If you want a quick deck builder with unique mechanics and interesting art, Flip City is highly recommended. It could be a great gateway into deck builders or a good intro to game night for experienced gamers.".....read more

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