No surprise then that Rallyman is a racing game. Whereas other racing games can be Formula 1 or street car racing, Rallyman is an off road racer. At the core of the game, it is a fairly straight forward "Roll the dice and go" type of game that once you cross the finish line you're done. Except, whoever makes it across the finish line first does not win, it's whoever makes it there the fastest.
In the box, you'll find 4 2-sided game boards, 5 gear dice that represent what gear you are in, 2 acceleration dice that allow you to stay in a particular gear during play, 4 micro cars for players to fling around the board, and a bunch of gear cards that allow for you to keep track of what your time on the track is. Before play begins, folk will determine what their race course will be by linking the various tracks on the game boards together. Once this is done, you are off.
|The first of three legs of the course|
Gameplay is fast, and the rules are fairly simple. When your car comes to the end of the course, you take all of your gear cards and add up the times on the bottom to determine your time for the course. The driver with the lowest time wins the race. After we have played, we found ourselves discussing how we did with our driving and what we could have done to better our time, which is another beautiful thing about the game - you can continually play the same course over and over trying to better your time and get on the top of your own leader board as the fastest driver.
Overall, it is a quick fun and easy game that definitely allows for lots of replay. There is an online community of drivers at Rallyman.fr, and countless course designs that you can compete on and submit your course time to see if you can make it onto the world leader boards. The game also comes with some additional plastic tokens to use with the advanced rules, which will reward you for playing efficiently by rolling multiple dice at the same time (as opposed to one at a time), each token shaving a second off your final time or negating at <!> hazard symbol you may roll.
As far as issues with the game, the rulebook itself is a bit confusing, but that is partly due to the game being of French origin, and the translations not being that great. But if you are willing to take the time to figure it out, maybe watch a youtube demo of the game, then you are set.
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