Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Metro X, by Gamewright - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:           Flip-and-write game 

Rating:                      ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Recommended age:   8 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Anyone (older kids/ adults) who enjoys strategy games 

 “Flip-and-write game” has just become one of our favourites game genres, and we are so glad to have discovered another fantastic game to add to this category: “Metro X” by Gamewright, kindly gifted by Jedko Games

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) A Super Fun Flip-And-Write Game Full Of Tactical Moves 

This game is simple to learn, but hard to master. Each player gets a dry-erase board that shows a multi-colour map of complex subway lines. Shuffle the 15 transit cards, reveal the top card one at a time. All players simultaneously pick a route on the board with an empty Train Car Window, fill it in with the indicated number or “X” (depending on the types of transit card being revealed), and mark-off a number of stations equal to the number on the card, or stops when you reach a box that is already crossed off. The goal is to cross off as many stations as possible (penalty applies depending on the number of stations being left empty). The routes intersect and cross over each other, and that’s when “Skip” cards come in handy by allowing us to skip over previously crossed off stations along a route. The first player to complete a given route scores the most points; everyone who subsequently completes the same line earn a lower value.

(2) Variety of Transit Cards To Spice Up The Gameplay 

I love that there are a few variety of transit cards to give the game some interesting twists. Apart from the standard “Number” and “Skip” cards, there is also a “Free” card that can be used to mark off any empty station on the board. Transfer cards allow us to earn a score equals to 2X of the number of lines that intersect with the first empty station of a selected route. My personal favourite is the “Re-Shuffle 6” card which really spice up the game by allowing us to reshuffle the whole deck (including cards from the discard pile) and restart the flipping process again. 

(3) Two Different Maps On The Wipeable / Reusable Double-Sided Game Board 

I love that there are two different maps on each board (Metro City or Tube Town) - which adds to the variety and replay-ability. The artwork is clean, and I love that the set also includes 6 dry-erase markers (with a little eraser on the lid of each pen). This game can be played by up to 6 players, and the rule book also includes a “Solo Variant” section. 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: 

https://sirsquaretoes.com.au/products/metro-x-rail-write-game (Australia) 

https://www.toysandtales.com.au/products/metro-x (Australia) 

Enjoy the video! 

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