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Store:  Family Games
Genre:  Push Your Luck
Format:  Dice Games


AKA: Exxtra

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 20 minutes 3-6

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Publisher(s): Rio Grande Games, Filosofia Editions

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Product Description

Quickly, it is necessary to run and join the exodus! Throw the dice to place the best possible result on one of the numbered levels.

If your dice remain in place until your next turn, you will be able to advance your pawn.

But take care! A roll of X is dangerous! You can lose your turn and have to move back your pawn!

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Average Rating: 4.5 in 1 review

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A great push-your-luck dice game from Knizia
August 06, 2012

Excape? Or Escape? No, it's not a typo, because the X factor is an important element of this game. In fact, this game was first published way back in 1998 by Amigo Spiele under the name Exxtra (yes, with an extra X). Canadian publisher Filosofia has done us a favour by getting this game into print for the English speaking market, now under the name of Excape, and with revised components.

So why should you check out Excape? Because it's a Reiner Knizia game. And it's a push-your-luck dice game. The classic of the "push-your-luck" genre is Can't Stop, which has a well established reputation, and Excape has been favourably compared with it. The theme of escaping is somewhat thin, but it does capture something of the press-your-luck element that is integral to the game-play. Will you be the first player to get to move your pawn 20 spaces to the X on the game-board?

Each player has two dice that they roll to form a two digit number, that they'll place on steps 0 through 5 on the game board ladder. If your dice are still on the ladder on your next turn, you move that amount of spaces forward on the board. But if someone else places their dice with a higher value on a lower rung, your dice get knocked off. Fortunately, you can re-roll your dice if you don't like your number ... but don't press your luck too far because rolling an X ends your turn immediately!

Excape has wide appeal. Press-your-luck games are the kinds of games that are very versatile, and can be enjoyed by both gamers and non-gamers alike, and this is a particularly good one. People of all ages and tastes like it because it is fun. It also compares favourably with other push-your-luck games like Can't Stop. One advantage is that it handles 3-6 players easily. It also looks attractive.

Put perhaps most importantly, Excape has simple and tense decisions with a high fun factor. The decisions are fun, and you'll find yourself cheering for other players to take down the current leader! And on your turn, what will you do: Do I place my dice on a lower rung, gaining less, making them less likely to get knocked off and get nothing? Or do I place them at the top rung for potential maximum movement and hope nobody rolls higher than me? Should I roll again and hope for a bigger number? Or will I roll an X and will I end up losing rather than gaining? As with most press-your-luck games, gameplay features lots of whooping and hollering, cries of excitement and groans of frustration. This game really promotes an atmosphere where everyone is loudly encouraging other players to risk big and take down the leader - and maybe lose big in the process! Isn't that fun! Every game collection should have a press-your-luck filler, and this one is particularly good - highly recommended!

EndersGame, BGG reviewer

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