Video games and board games have been getting along pretty well for a few years. But what is the adaptation of Sonic on a platter?
Almost all video games Sonic are platform games, a somewhat complicated genre to adapt into a board game. It is therefore rather on the main aspect of the license, speed, that the author of Sonic Super Teams. So what is this adaptation of a video game icon worth, rather in decline for many years?
Sonic Super Teams is a racing game, in which each player controls two key characters from the series. The team blue with Sonic and Tails, the team black with Shadow and Silver, etc. To win, you have to take your two figurines to the finish line.
Small peculiarity with two players, where each takes two teamsand with four players, where we play as a team, configurations in which our four characters must therefore finish the race to win.
Each player starts the game with six cards in hand, and on their turn, one of these cards is played, then it is the next player, and so on. When everyone has exhausted their hand, we redistribute six new cards, and we start again.
The cards have a value from 1 to 6, and a color, the same as those of the teams. When you play a card, you move one of the characters of the team in question the number of spaces indicated. Whether the color matches our team or not, it doesn’t matter. Obviously, just like in the video game, special squares disturb our movements.
Apart from the normal boxes, we find some with:
- rings, which double the next move;
- spikes, which reduce the next move to 1, regardless of the value of the card;
- a bonus, which allows you to draw a bonus card to use later;
- a loop, which forces you to go back to the nearest normal square if you can’t cross it in one go.
It is therefore these special squares that greatly determine our choices. Playing a card with a value of 6 on an opponent’s miniature, while he is on spikes, and therefore only moving him forward one space, is the best illustration of this.
There are also double spaces (spikes on one side, rings on the other, for example), and it is the player who moves the miniature, and not its owner, who chooses where it ends its movement.
As for the bonuses, there are six different ones, which you can play when one of your characters is moved. They allow, for example, to ignore the effect of spikes, to double the value of a card even without being on a space with rings, to add 1 to the value of a card, etc.
Why play Sonic Super Teams ?
It must be admitted that the prospect of a Sonic adapted as a board game left us somewhat perplexed. But by dint of reading and hearing good things about it, we wanted to judge for ourselves. And very well we took it, because the adaptation is rather successful.
Let’s still cut the course to the expectations of the most demanding: Sonic Super Teams is not the best racing game ever. If it is purely this type of game that you are looking for, turn instead to the excellent Red flame, Downforce, Formula Dor, in a slightly different genre, Jamaica.
Sonic Super Teams, it’s fun, low blows, arcade on a set. We will rather tend to play it with children, with family, thanks to its really very simple rules, or with friends to have a good time, without taking the lead, and to get dirty. Note, however, that it was the three or four player configurations that convinced us the most, the two-player games being a bit flat.
Chance is obviously very present, and it is rather complicated to set up a strategy. Although there are mechanical similarities with Downforce, we are far from the depth of the latter. But, the short duration of the games (about twenty minutes) erases any possibility of frustration.
The material also contributes to the pleasure of the game. The board and the cards are made in an old-fashioned 3D, clearly reminiscent of the first opuses on the Sega consoles. The figurines are on the other hand of an infinite choupitude, with their very smooth plastic and their design chibi (big heads on a small body).
If the budding Lewis Hamiltons will naturally turn to other, more specialized titles, Sonic Super Teams Still, it’s a great family game. Thanks to its really simple rules, its games fun and fast, the small filth that can be done between players, all sublimated by figurines that are too cute. And, the game works just as much, whether you are a fan of the little blue hedgehog or not.
- Sonic Super Teams is a game by Max Gerchambeau
- Edited by Zygomatic
- For 2 to 4 players from 7 years old
- For games of about 20 minutes
- Priced at €26.95 at Philibert
- Very cute figurines
- Fun and fast games
- We make dirt
- Extremely simple rules
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