Saturday, March 23, 2013

Game Profile: Spin Monkeys

Bumper Car Monkey Mania


Mechanics Hand Management, Simultaneous Action Selection, Point-to-Point Movement
Theme Monkeys & Bumper Cars
Publication Rio Grande Games, 2012
Ages 13+
Time 45
Players 2-8
Description

“You are a monkey in the jungle when one day a wayward carnival makes a stop.  You and your fellow monkeys jump in the bumper cars and away you go.  You have no idea why there is fruit all over the arena floor, but you aim to grab as much of it for yourself as possible!”

Tune up your bumper car and get your monkey ready to ride, it's time to grab some fruit - this is Spin Monkeys!  Players begin the game with 5 movement cards. At the start of each turn, players will simultaneously and secretly choose one of their cards to play that will determine the spin of their bumper car. The objective of the game is to race across the board picking up as much fruit as possible.  There are only a couple of things to get in the way, like other bumper cars, walls and even banana peels.  These can cause your car to stop or spin to move in a new direction.  These monkeys must be hungry.  Every time they pick up a banana they leave a slippery banana peel behind.  Bananas are clearly the favorite fruit and are worth the most victory points, but apples and oranges aren’t bad either.  Monkeys continue to careen around the board until only one type of fruit is left.  Then players add up their points and see who is the top banana or is that the “top monkey”.

Recently, we sat down and had fun playing this game.  It isn’t as easy as it looks, you can find yourself bumping up against the wall and spinning out of control.  The board and components are very bright and colorful and who can resist the funny monkey faces on the bumper cars. A copy of Spin Monkeys is available in our Store Demo Game Library for you to come in and try out while you are here.

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