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Between Two Cities Essential Edition

Between Two Cities Essential Edition

Regular price $60.95 AUD
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No upgrades available

Playtime, player count and age

30 -30 MINUTES


14+ AGE


Closed Drafting
Highest-Lowest Scoring
Set Collection
Simultaneous Action Selection
Solo / Solitaire Game
Tile Placement


We rank this game: 7.5 / 10

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Reviews and How to Play

Sleeve Qty and Size Requirements

45 x 68mm QTY 7 Cards
63 x 88mm QTY 30 Cards - Standard Sleeves

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Additional Product Details

Year Released: 2022
Publisher: Stonemaier Games
Designer: Matthew O'Malley, Ben Rosset

Barcode: 850032180085

Between Two Cities is a 30-minute tile-drafting game for 1-7 players in which each tile is part of a city. You work with the player on your left to build one city center while simultaneously working with the player on your right to build a second city center. On each turn you select two tiles from your hand, reveal them, then work with your partners to place one of your selected tiles into each of your two cities.

At the end of the game, each city is scored for its architectural grandiosity. Your final score is the lower of the scores of the two cities you helped design, and the player with the highest final score wins the game. To win, you have to share your attention and your devotion equally Between Two Cities.

The Essential Edition combines components from the original game and the Capitals expansion into one cohesive whole. While it features a bigger box than the original game, different art on some tiles, and a scorepad instead of a board, there are no new gameplay elements (i.e., if you own Between Two Cities and the Capitals Expansion, you already have everything).

Board game components:

  • 1 box (296x296x70mm)
  • 2 rulebooks (multiplayer and solo)
  • 129 building tiles
  • 24 duplex tiles
  • 7 city tokens
  • 7 landscape mats
  • 1 scorepad
  • 7 district cards (44x67mm) and 3 tiles
  • 20+ Automa solo components

Personal review & recommendation

A friend of our introduced us to Between Two Cities the original version, this game plays really well with 4 players. It has a unique element where you are playing in teams with the person on the left and right of you. Whilst  you don't want your team mate to win, you are trying to build both cities the best you can to fulfil your objectives, as its your lowest scoring city that will count for final scoring. We loved in this game how there is considerable thinking but no downtime, as everyone plays at the same time. This makes a fairly fast playthrough that brings a good dynamic of working with others, and some fairly strong strategy. I'd say its difficult to master the balance of taking a tile and choosing which city it should go in for the end game result.

We loved this game so much, that when the essential edition was released we picked up a copy for ourselves. The essential edition has some nice extras, we like the landscapes which add a little more dynamic for building your city constrained to a particular shape and connection points. Its rare to come across a game that plays so well at higher player counts, and this one aces that requirement, 5 - 7 players is not a problem with Between two Cities.

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