Crazy Commute Board Game Review

Game: Crazy Commute
Publisher: Sheep Tree Studios
Game Designer: Rena and Daniel Lawhead
Illustrations: Renea Lawhead

Players: 3-5
Duration: 15-30 minutes
Ages: 7+
Time to learn: 5-10 minutes

Crazy Commute Board Game Review

Should any of these people be driving? If that's not a visual argument for public transit, I don't know what is.

Should any of these people be driving? If that's not a visual argument for public transit, I don't know what is.

 

Description/ Game Play

Crazy Commute is a fast-paced 3-5 player card game where players compete for the first place spot in a chaotic race to the finish. They use a combination of attacks and opportune timing to pass a player or two and hold on to their newfound position with dear life.

Players take turns dueling with other drivers, using cards that chain combinations together in a way that is surprisingly similar to old-school fighting video games like Street Fighter II or Killer Instinct. That's not where the video game analogies stop, though, as the game has a decidedly Super Mario Kart competitive vibe coupled with a Crazy Taxi aesthetic and drive for chaos.

Verdict

Crazy Commute is the card-game equivalent of a drag race and demolition derby held simultaneously in the same parking lot. Attacks will fly, chumps will be passed and angry road-rage fueled drivers will be left in the dust, shaking their fists and plotting revenge.

The game is fast, fun, light and over before you know it. It's the sort of appetizer game that begs for a second session, crowding out the longer game you had planned for the main course. If you always wondered what Super Mario Kart would play like as a card game, look no further. 

Pros

  • Speedy, easy to learn and light
  • Hyper competitive, but with a chance for even the worst driver to catch up with the right moves
  • Unique theme, appealing art and well-balanced gameplay

Cons

  • Players who memorize the attack combination chains may be able to build up an advantage over more casual players, which keeps this from the very top of the gateway game pile.

Gateway Game Score 8/10
Overall Score 8.5/10

Review by Happy Strategerist, who is going to try some of these moves on his next morning commute.

Get Crazy Commute now on Kickstarter!