|Players:||2 - 10 players|
Formula D is the exciting game of professional racing on the most challenging tracks the world has ever seen. Smoke your tires, push your engine to the limit, and drive as fast as you dare. Every turn might be your last, so plan carefully and drive lucky. Keep control in those tricky bottlenecks, slipstream the drivers in front of you, and make your move at just the right time to slip past and claim first place.
This almost qualifies as a tabletop motor racing SIMULATOR. The immersion is that good. The mechanics of cornering genuinely give the feel of the balance between speed and being conservative. The push-your-luck factor is high, and always on a knife edge. The different levels of complexity offer a fun out-of-the-box experience, as well as more complex and indepth personalised setups. A REALLY fun racing game.
Formula D takes all the fun of top-tier motor racing and packages it in a cardboard box. You get to switch gears, race through corners, run your car to its limits and hope it doesn’t all end in a spectacular crash. The only thing the box doesn’t include is sound effects, but players are usually happy to add those themselves!
Each turn you’ll be choosing which gear to use – you can shift up or down one gear, or stay in the one you’re in – and then you’ll pick up the corresponding die and roll it to see how far you move this turn. Higher gears have dice with higher numbers, and lower gears have lower numbers. It’s a nice touch that the higher gear dice are larger and thus more fun to pick up and roll across the table. You've got to carefully plan your moves so that you don't go too fast in the corners which will wear out your tyres and your brakes. Take too many wear points and you'll be out of the race!
Formula D is, in my opinion, one of the best racing themed games out there. The dice rolling mechanic means it will feel familiar (and thus easy to learn) for children and people new to the hobby of modern games, while there is enough depth of decision making to keep seasoned veterans interested, especially if you play with the Advanced rules. While it would never compare to actually competing in the Monaco Grand Prix, or physically being at the track watching the cars go round, playing Formula D is about the closest you can get to that feeling in cardboard form.