February was a bit longer than normal, which gave me one extra day to play board games. I took full advantage! This month I have been finishing work on time and it has been half-term too so I have played a few more games before the kids’ bedtime. Thus the games we have been playing are as light as a perfect Mary Berry Victoria sponge cake!
So, I’m sure you are eager to know what the game of the month for February is! Well wait no longer, as the Board Game Review Game of the Month is… PitchCar Mini!
If you are thinking PitchCarwhatnow, let me elaborate. PitchCar Mini is the lovechild of Scalextric and Subbuteo. It is a dexterity game whereby players pitch (or flick) their racing car tokens around a track that fits together like a jigsaw puzzle.
To start everyone makes a qualifying (practice) lap around the course. Depending how many flicks it takes to do a circuit, dictates the starting grid order. This is the play order for the rest of the game. Thereafter players take turns to flick their car around the circuit with the aim to be the first over the line after three laps. To play, you physically move around the table to get the best aim for the less than perfect shot you often end up making.
You will not be surprised to hear that PitchCar mini is the smaller version of PitchCar. Frankly, the real estate this takes up on the tabletop I’m not sure that you need a bigger version! In the future I may well upgrade the game with extensions and expansions, which add things like jumps to the track for extra excitement and drama.
As a family game it is a very good option. Age is not particularly a defining factor. My youngest is competitive enough to not lose interest and can do it. My wife is pretty poor at it, but has stated that she enjoyed it much more than she thought she would. PitchCar Mini creates highs and lows in abundance. You will stand in awe as someone pulls off an amazing shot to take an unexpected lead, or whoop with delight as you pip someone to the line on the final lap. It is very competitive and you can’t help but get carried away with the desire to win and the closeness of some of the races.
Overall it is a very different gaming experience and a brilliant, almost all-inclusive, family option. It is so good in fact, I reckon you will end up playing it once the children are in the land of nod too. For all the above reasons, PitchCar Mini is the Board Game Review Game of the Month for February 2020.
Roll on March… nothing says thanks for being a great mum better than brand new board games on Mothering Sunday right?
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