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Store:  Family Games
Edition:  Ricochet Robots
Series:  Ricochet Robots
Genre:  Observation / Perception, Maze
Format:  Board Games

Ricochet Robots

same as original Ricochet Robot

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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Best Puzzle Game, 2000

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30 minutes 2 or more

Designer(s): Alex Randolph

Publisher(s): Rio Grande Games, Hans im Gluck

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Product Description

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 the same as the original Ricochet Robot (with no 's'), and includes the Silver Robot Figure. It does not have the diagonal walls of the "revised edition" Ricochet Robots, but can be combined with that edition. This "original version" was released in 2008, after the "revised edition".

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Puzzle Game, 2000

Product Information


  • 4 two-sided board quadrants
  • 1 game board centerpiece
  • 5 robots
  • 1 sand timer (appx. 1 minute)
  • 17 game chips
  • 4 robot chips
  • 1 silver disk
  • rules (English, German, French)
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 17 reviews

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Ready, Set, Think!
January 23, 2010

I liken the skills needed for this game to chess. You need to calculate your robots moves mentally far in advance. It's a thinking puzzle game.

It's a great party game, provided everyone is sober, or people will get frustrated. The game allows for an "infinite" number of players. I put infinite in quotes because it depends on how big your table is!

It takes about 45 minutes to play and it is more fun with more people. And here's the cool part: It's different every single time you play.

I've brought this to a party where players can play a few rounds, get bored and walk away and this doesn't interrupt the game play. Or others who were on their phone can jump in later and still win. Pretty sweet.

Quick run-down on the mechanics: There are different colored robots on the board with various obstacles. No one player controls any robots. A colored disc is flipped over and it tells all the players "You must get this colored robots to this space on the board." Mentally, all players must calculate how the robots moves, ricocheting off walls and other robots (I won't get into the nitty gritty). Once a player finds a path, they shout of the number of moves (say, "8!"). An hourglass is flipped and the other players must mentally try to beat that calculation. Once the time runs out, the first player must prove those 8 moves, unless someone was able to yell 7 or lower.

As long as you like mental puzzles, you'll like this game. I've never played it with less than 4 players because it seems suited move for a party style atmosphere.

If you like puzzles..
December 28, 2005
This is a lot of fun! It's great to just set it up on the table and draw a crowd. 2 to infinity can play!

Set up the robots randomly.. each robot moves but cannot stop until they hit a wall or other object..then they turn at a right angle. All players (and watchers who don't know they're players yet!) imagine how many moves to get to a certain position on the board.. when they know the number they say it.. then the timer is set and the rest of the players (and observers) say how many *they* think it will take..the smallest number gets to try first.. it's basically that simple.

Some of the "puzzles" are harder than others and the person with the least tiles goes it's pretty easy for non-puzzle people to jump in from time to for everyone!

If you are just plain frustrated by puzzles..this is not for you... otherwise.. definitely a must have for most game collections.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Excellent game, for certain people
January 15, 2005
The game itself is incredibly simple- it is a heavy perception-based game that asks the players to mentally form pathways in order to figure out how they'll move the robots. Added to that is the speed factor, you need to beat your opponents before they come up with the same pathway (or a faster one). It's an intense, extremely satisfying game. I wish I could play it more, but the game is for a certain type of person; a lot of people I know would not enjoy it. It requires lots of mental picturing, as well as fast thinking. However even if it is played rarely, they are generally very interesting games, and the game can even be played solitaire. I don't think this game is given nearly enough credit for its inventiveness, and I would highly recommend it.
Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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