Hot Rod Creeps
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After custom-creating the world's most devilish racetrack using the puzzle-piece fittings and dozens of different track sections, the race begins!
In Hot Rod Creeps, each racer has his own team and his own custom 20-card deck filled with unique cards that will speed his hot rod around the track. Your deck is also your gas tank. If you run out of cards, you run out of gas!
Players: 2 - 6
Time: 30 or more minutes
Ages: 15 and up
Weight: 1,857 grams
Average Rating: 3.5 in 1 review
Played this on my family vacation with my ten-year-old cousin and another adult. It's a fun racing game with lots of opportunity to mess with your opponents during the race. You definitely need more than two people so that you can have more interaction among the players. I played it two- player with my cousin and you really don't get enough interaction that way.
There are six racing teams to choose from. Each team has a deck of cards to use as a fuel tank. Players will have cards from their fuel tank in their hands that they can use to move, but they can also flip over the top card of the fuel tank and move according to that card. The reason for this is that you might not want to use the cards in your hand (maybe they only let you move one space) and you might hope that the top card of the fuel deck will have the move rate you want. There are also different effects that trigger when some move cards are played from your hand and some are flipped from the fuel tank. Some of these effects will help you and some will hurt your opponent.
There is also a communal nitro deck that players can flip the top card over and move according to it. This allows players to push their luck by moving farther but many times there are bad consequences to doing so.
There are pit stops in the game that allow players to pick up upgrades for their vehicles or refill their gas tank by shuffling their discard pile and getting a new fuel tank. Upgrades are for engines, weapons, tires, and pit crew with effects that help you or harm others.
If players run out of gas (all of their cards are in the discard pile - so their gas tank and hands are empty) then they will be forced to return to the last pit stop that is behind them on the race track. This will happen more often than you want it to because the harmful effects that other players are inflicting on you is sending cards from your hand and your gas tank to your discard pile.
While the game plays fairly quickly (I think our games were around 30-40 minutes), it can take a while to set up. The good thing though is that the track pieces look neat and my cousin actually enjoyed setting up the game himself.
Overall, I think it is a decent racing game that young kids in particular will enjoy playing.