revised edition of Ricochet Robot
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Any number may play this game, limited only by the amount of space around the table. Each turn a player draws a chip to determine the next target and the robot that must reach it. With the computer down, the players search for the shortest moves to the target, using one or more of the robots. The player who finds the most efficient move receives the chip as a reward. When the chips have been all taken, the player with the most is the winner!
This edition is a stand alone game, but can be used as an expansion to the original game. It adds a black robot and new boards with new features.
Players: 2 or more
Time: 30 minutes
Ages: 10 and up
Weight: 644 grams
All-Time Sales Rank: #181
Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).
- 4 two-sided board quadrants
- 5 robots
- 1 sand timer
- 21 chips
- 1 disc
- 1 rule booklet
Average Rating: 4.2 in 16 reviews
There are only a handful of games that I've played more than 20 times. This is one of them. It is, at its base, a puzzle-solving game, so if you don't like games like SET, then you won't enjoy it. Everyone sits around a board and tries to find a solution all at the same time. We played for a year without using what we now call 'the communist rule' which was conveniently never taught to me. What it is is this; in case two people name the same number of moves for the solution in the alloted time, then the person with the least number of points gets the new point. Whoever is behind has the advantage! This means even very weak players can hold their own against a stronger player. Great game, even with that rule included.
Games are often characterized by their mechanism of play, such as bidding games, tile-laying games, or the dreadful and always-to-be-avoided dice-rolling games. But Ricochet Robot is completely unique and, for this reason alone, is well worth adding to any game collection.
Absolutely any number can play, the only limiting factor being the amount of space around the board. Furthermore, players can come and go during the course of the game without disrupting the flow at all, making it perfect at a large gathering. But it's also a very good game and, I would argue, more interactive then has been described.
I do agree with many of the other reviews. This one can be taxing on the brain (is that necessarily a bad thing?) and there are definitely those who love it (my gaming group) and those who don't. But given the unique game play and the affordable price, isn't it worth finding out which camp you're in? I'm certainly in the first. Great game. Highly recommend.
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Puzzle? Boardgame? Party Game? Perhaps all three? Anyway, flex your mental muscles in this off-the-wall farce! Four colorful robots inhabit a large grid, composed of four squares that can be assembled in 96 ways. The goal is to get a robot of a given color onto a specified spot in the grid. Robots, once moved, must continue to move in a straight line until they hit a wall or one of their fellow robots. They may then veer off at a right angle; this counts as another move. Although designed for competing players to see who can achieve the goal in the fewest moves, Ricochet Robots is perfectly enjoyable as a solitaire puzzle. The paths to your goal are usually tortuous and maze-like.