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Race game for family
September 16, 2019

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A new family game has been released from Bicycle that pairs wacky racers with ways to make your opponent's car spin out with "Shuffle Grand Prix."

Designed by Robert Newton with illustrations by Ruwen Liu, the game is for 2-4 players, for ages 13 and up, and is meant to play about 30 minutes.

Players are competing to get the highest number of distance points and try to make their competitors spin out and lose points.

Players choose a driver and a co-pilot, each with their own specialty, and take each character's player decks, shuffling them together to form their playable deck. The driver is in charge until a spin-out happens, then the player loses their top distance card and switches to the co-pilot.

The player decks have cards that have actions, traps, equips and nerfs, that can repair damage taken or give damage to opponents. After players' cars take 4 damage, the spin out happens. When the co-pilot takes over, the car is at full health again.

Every time a player makes an opponent spin out, they receive a trophy, that they can turn in to swap driver and co-pilot, or turn in two and play an extra card.

Each turn, the player draws a distance card and places it in front of them. Then they can play an ability card, take a pit stop - which means swapping an equipped card with one in their hand but drop a top distance card, discard a card and draw a new one or just pass.

Throughout the game, players should have three cards in their hand, which means if they play a card, they should immediately draw a card. If they steal a card from a player, they must discard a card.

The game ends when the distance cards run out. Players then add up their total distance to see who wins.

I played with my 14-year-old, who usually complains about playing board games, but when she saw the driver that was a cat, she was in. She enjoyed playing the game and actually got into it. I thought it was a fun, light game, that lots of families would enjoy. The set age was 13 and up, basically for the reading involved, but I could see my teenager being able to play it back when she was 9, she always was able to pick up on rules and tactics and could read well. So its more of a know your kid's skill level.

So grab your family and get racing!

Amy Phelps enjoys board games and has too many of them to fit on her shelves. You can reach her at aphelps@movparent.com.

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