My City is one of the first Patchwork / Tetris-like ‘legacy’ games. What does it mean?
Patchwork / Tetris:
In games like Patchwork, players place pieces of different shapes, sizes and kinds (like the Tetris pieces) on their board. Such games are mostly about optimizing the placement of the pieces played to score as many points as possible.
Legacy games are up to date. Here they have taken the board game genre and given them a more narratively complex aspect. You usually play through 'tracks' / 'missions' / 'levels' just once, revealing bit by bit, the next part of the story, and several game mechanics.
That's exactly what My City does. Here are 24 'episodes' that the same 2-4 players play through several times. Here you have to build a city out of the Tetris forms - a city that starts in the pre-industrial stages and into the innovative world of industrialization. The choices - where and how you place your pieces - have an impact on how your next game goes. Slowly but surely, the game becomes more and more complex, and in the different episodes there will always be new problems that you have to deal with.
If you do not want to play My City as a legacy game, you can simply flip the game boards over (however, require that you have become familiar with the mechanics introduced in the first four episodes).
It is not without reason that My City was nominated for Game of the Year in 2020 - its mix of genres is decidedly innovative, giving the game a unique ‘feel’ that is not available in many other places.