New York in the 1960s. A new wave of Chinese immigrants is moving into Chinatown. The adoption of the new immigration act has launched the district into a demographic boom! It now reaches Canal Street to the north and Bowery Street to the east. Arriving by the thousands, the immigrants seek to buy buildings, establish businesses, and fulfill the American Dream! Take a bite of the Big Apple and use your talents to acquire the most extraordinary fortune in America in Chinatown!
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I had not even heard about this game until just recently when I stumbled across an exciting review of it. One YouTube video later I rushed to GameNerdz and my journey to Chinatown had begun.
Components of the game are high quality, rules are easy to follow and learn, and gameplay... well, gameplay is a wonder. How can you not enjoy a game that has a phase stating: "Trade happens. Anything goes." ?? So simple, so brilliant.
You decide everything about building businesses and buying/trading properties in your pursuit to create the most profitable economic empire in Chinatown. Want to expand on your block? Want to buy the whole block? Want to shut out your opponents? Trade with money or assets, heck, trade on future assets if you feel risky/devious/clever. The gameplay is fast moving and so much fun. Soon you'll be jumping into trades that don't even involve you and arguing passionately about the outcomes, maybe even launching an unexpected takeover. I'm getting amped up just writing this... try it - it holds so much fun.
This is a game of pure negotiation where you and your friends will be trying to cut deals that will generally make everyone happy. This game is in my top five and will always recommend; though it is important to acknowledge that the board does present some problematic stereotypes.
What a game!!! This has to be my favorite negotiation game I’ve ever played. The board state changes just enough each round that values fluctuate accordingly and you’re driven to make a deal before you’re sitting on worthless property. I absolutely love the freedom the game grants you in negotiations and does so in a way that keeps the interactions from becoming contentious. While there’s certainly some luck involved in the random draw, it shouldn’t be enough to deter you from winning if you’re a cunning enough negotiator. This one has skyrocketed straight into my top 10 and I can’t wait to play again!
A classic. The design doesn’t contain any extra chaff. It’s just a perfect framework for interesting negotiations.
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