English language edition of Flickwerk
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In Turbo Taxi, players try to be as quick as possible in making a town layout which meets the stipulated requirements. They have to add road tiles to a starting tile so that both their taxis can reach their destinations.
Players: 2 - 4
Time: 30 - 45 minutes
Ages: 8 and up
Est. time to learn: 5-10 minutes
Weight: 429 grams
Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).
- 5 sets of 12 road tiles
Average Rating: 3.8 in 2 reviews
Well, Huston we have a little problem here :P This game is good! Above average that's why i rated it 4 stars. But i am so bad at this game!!! I mean it! OR my friend is so dang good! In this game you have to build a 3x3 square with one start random tile placed in the middle. Then you must connect the roads beetween the destinations! The quicker player is the WInner! Thats all! This game produces so much rage beetween friends! But its so fun too!
Play it, and then buy it!
Turbo Taxi is a Friedemann Friese game that was originally released in 2000 with a different theme and with the name Flickwerk. It's a puzzle-like Ubongo style of game, and in the newer rethemed version players race to place tiles representing streets into a fixed 3x3 grid, so that the streets align and so that two taxis can get to their respective destinations. You can become very skillful at playing, and some people are just better at puzzling than others - I tend to get trounced when playing this in competition with the nimble fingers and quick minds of all the females in the house.
Why is it appealing?
- It is quick. You can set up and play the game in a matter of 15-20 minutes, and whether you're playing with 2, 3 or 4 players, the game will take just as long. Each round only lasts one or two minutes at most!
- It is frantic. Because players are solving puzzles simultaneously, there's no time to sit around and develop analysis paralysis! Game play is fast and frantic, because you have to puzzle your tiles in the correct configurations as quickly as you can! Most of the time someone will come up with a solution in a minute or two at most!
- It is unique. The only game that I've played before which has a very similar feel is Ubongo. Like Ubongo, Turbo Taxi pits players against each other in a head-to-head competitive race to be the first player to arrange their tiles correctly. For most people, this will be unlike anything else they've ever played before.
- It has wide appeal. Because of the simple rules and easy-to-explain gameplay, it's ideal for non-gamers, children and families.
- It is replayable. There's a wide variety of possible configurations as a result of the different placement options for the taxis and houses. Combined with the fact that the center tile is one of 12 possibilities, and the fact that each puzzle has multiple solutions, you won't be in a position to "memorize" particular set-ups any time soon!
So why might this game not be for you? Some things to consider:
- It is very puzzle-like. It has to be admitted that puzzle games aren't for everyone, so you'll want to give this game a miss if you absolutely can't stand games with a puzzle aspect.
- It rewards skill. Some people are just better and quicker at doing puzzles than others - these kind of folks will usually emerge as the leader quite quickly in a game of this sort.
- It isn't perfect. Occasionally you'll get a puzzle that has no possible solution (this is acknowledged in the rules), so sometimes you'll have to mutually agree to quit a challenge and place the taxis and houses differently. The colours of some of the board are a bit garish, and I wonder if it would have been a good move to provide enough taxi meeples and houses and a player board for all the players.
So is Turbo Taxi a game for you? That will depend somewhat on your tastes, because while the puzzle genre has a very broad appeal in general, hardcore gamers often find themselves shying away from this type of game, particularly if it's fast paced and frantic. But then again, aren't we always on the lookout for something that we can pull out when non-gamer Aunt Joan is visiting, or those rascally cousins? Turbo Taxi is very easy to get to the table with a variety of people, and therein lies its appeal, even if it might not be your own personal first choice. And if you are the puzzle-loving type, then you really should check this out! It's a great little filler for all types of gamers. So paint your hair green, hop on your bike, and join designer Friedemann Friese in Turbo Taxi!