RoboRally (1994)

Average Rating: 7.20/10
Board Game Rank: 228
Thematic Rank: 75
Strategy Game Rank: 178
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2 − 8
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 5–6 players
Recommended with 3–8 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
20 − 120 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Imagine that you're a supercomputer. Now imagine that you're bored. So you dream up a little contest for you and a couple of your supercomputing buddies. Your task is to move one of the stupid little robots out on the factory floor through a series of checkpoints scattered throughout the factory. The wrinkle, however, is that the factory floor is filled with all kinds of inconvenient (if not down-right deadly) obstacles located in various locations: conveyor belts, crushers, flame-throwers, pushers, teleporters, oil slicks, pits, et cetera. But the real fun comes when the robots cross each other's path, and suddenly your perfect route is something less than that...

In RoboRally players each control a different robot in a race through a dangerous factory floor. Several goals will be placed on the board and you must navigate your robot to them in a specific order. The boards can be combined in several different ways to accommodate different player counts and races can be as long or as short as player's desire.

In general, players will first fill all of their robot's "registers" with facedown movement cards. This happens simultaneously and there is a time element involved. If you don't act fast enough you are forced to place cards randomly to fill the rest. Then, starting with the first register, everyone reveals their card. The card with the highest number moves first. After everyone resolves their movement they reveal the next card and so on. Examples of movement cards may be to turn 90 degrees left or right, move forward 2 spaces, or move backward 1 space though there are a bigger variety than that. You can plan a perfect route, but if another robot runs into you it can push you off course. This can be disastrous since you can't reprogram any cards to fix it!

Robots fire lasers and factory elements resolve after each movement and robots may become damaged. If they take enough damage certain movement cards become fixed and can no longer be changed. If they take more they may be destroyed entirely. The first robot to claim all the goals in the correct order wins, though some may award points and play tournament style.

The game was reprinted by Avalon Hill (Hasbro/WotC) in 2005.

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Avalon Hill Components:

  • 1 two-sided docking bay board
  • 8 plastic robots
  • 4 two-sided factory floor boards
  • 2 factory floor guides
  • 8 program sheets
  • 1 sand timer (30 seconds)
  • 26 option cards
  • 8 flags with number stickers
  • 84 program cards
  • 40 life tokens
  • 60 damage tokens
  • 8 power down tokens
  • 8 archive markers
  • 1 rulebook with course manual

RoboRally boards by game release

Board Wizards of the Coast European Avalon Hill
Cannery Row 1994 – RoboRally 1999 – RoboRally (D)
Cross 1994 – RoboRally 1999 – RoboRally (C) 2005 – RoboRally
Exchange 1994 – RoboRally 1999 – RoboRally (B) 2005 – RoboRally
Island 1994 – RoboRally 2000 – Crash & Burn (E) 2005 – RoboRally
Maelstrom 1994 – RoboRally 2000 – Crash & Burn (F) 2005 – RoboRally
Pit Maze 1994 – RoboRally 1999 – RoboRally (A)
Chasm 1995 – Armed & Dangerous
Circuit Trap 1995 – Armed & Dangerous
Coliseum 1995 – Armed & Dangerous
Flood Zone 1995 – Armed & Dangerous
Gear Box 1995 – Armed & Dangerous
Laser Maze 1995 – Armed & Dangerous
Blast Furnace 1997 – Crash & Burn 2000 – Crash & Burn (H)
Machine Shop 1997 – Crash & Burn 2000 – Crash & Burn (G)
Back Stretch 1997 – Grand Prix
Canyon 1997 – Grand Prix
Pit Row 1997 – Grand Prix
Pinwheel 1998 – Radioactive
Reactor Core 1998 – Radioactive
Shake ’N’ Bake 1998 – Radioactive
King of the Hill 1999 – Origins '99
Chop Shop 2005 – RoboRally
Spin Zone 2005 – RoboRally
Chess 2005 – RoboRally
Vault 2005 – RoboRally

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Avalon Hill edition 2010
Publisher: Avalon Hill (Hasbro)
Year: 2010
Size: 13.23 x 13.23 x 2.56 inches
3.31 pounds
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Robo Rally
Play Factory edition
Publisher: Play Factory
Year: 2006
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Avalon Hill Edition
Publisher: Avalon Hill (Hasbro)
Artist: Peter Bergting, Bob Carasca, Jennifer Lathrop, Peter Whitleymore»
Year: 2005
Product Code: 26095039000001 EN
Size: 13.25 x 13.25 x 2.50 inches
3.80 pounds
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Dutch edition
Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Daniel Gelon, Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2000
Product Code: 999-ROB01
Size: 13.39 x 13.39 x 2.68 inches
3.13 pounds
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German edition
Publisher: AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH
Artist: Daniel Gelon, Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 1999
Product Code: 9340
Size: 14.17 x 14.17 x 2.76 inches
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6 Capture the flag
This is a capture the flag mode for RoboRally. The players are divided into two teams with two bases and the goal of the game is to steal the enemy team's flag. Short rules are provided. Map has been designed with RoboEdit.
4 Kompakte Spielzugübersicht
Eine kompakte Spielzugübersicht (3 Stück auf einem Din A4 Blatt) zum Ausdrucken, Ausschneiden und Austeilen an die Mitspieler.
3 RoboRally Character Options
My Kids did this after one game, they had a lot of fun looking at each robot and working out extra abilities that suited each one. Notes from my Daughter. This will make the game faster and better game for the whole family. We have house rules, the youngest player ( Aged 7 or younger) gets to make a turn and a move after the round has finished. The second youngest player ( Aged 7 to 10) just gets to make a turn. We also made up special abilities for example: The Hulk X90 destroys all walls in his Path, The Zoom Bot Takes a extra movement at the end of the round. Hope you have fun playing these rules we made up. I was the second youngest player. It was So Easy!
5 RoboRally - King of the Hill Revised
This is a revised version of the king of the hill board...I have moved the green wormhole so that it is not as easy to get up to the third level as in the original This board looks great when mounted on foam board with several levels...see king of the hill section for pictures. The rules are simple...first one to make it to the top of the hill and hold it for a turn wins!
13 RoboRally - Ultimate Collection Rulebook
Factory Floor Guide for the RoboRally Ultimate Collection
3 RoboRally - Board Builder and (Online) Game board
(Actual link to file below!!!) This is a fully standalone, automated and animated, software version of the boardgame, including a board builder (which you can export). It might be a bit daunting at first look due to the vast amount of fan material that I added. If you have any questions pls ask them here (there you can also find a manual, although the game has one build in): http://forums.rptools.net/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=25221&p=253538#p253538 on the forum. That will also be the spot where you can always find the latest version. The attached file does not work standalone. You will need maptool b91 (and thus java 7/8): http://www.rptools.net/index.php?page=downloads When you have maptool installed, you can load attached file and start playing your games online (or local). Edit:...
11 Robo Rally Cube
An update for 8 players. Additional variants.
2 RampAgingEscher v1.0
This is my first created board for RoboRally. I created it mainly to test my new board buildercreated in Maptool, and specifically the ledges created in Photoshop. In the end I decided to add some Escheresque elements. I'm curious to your feedback.
16 The Ultimate Roborally Timing Sheet
Attached is a big update of the document. I've finished the maptool implementation which means that I had to think through all elements here. Hence there are quite some changes in it. Here the original text: I've scoured the interweb for all variants out their an crammed them all into one excel sheet. I'm using this to create a maptool (http://forums.rptools.net/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=25221) variant of RoboRally. To do this it required me to think long and hard about the rules provided (if any) and their consistency and order. I'm nearly done with the full maptool implementation of nearly all original and variant elements, but in the mean time I thought to release a pdf version of this document here. Note that (nearly all) pictures in the excel sheet are either newly photoshopped images...
3 Two boards for the soccer variant
Two boards intended to be played with the soccer variant, but still good for a normal game, size 13x13 cells. Designed by me combining tiles from the game. In this second version I removed the cracked floor as I thought it was only decorative instead it has a meaning and it makes one of the two team slightly in advantage. Intended printing resolution: 150dpi, it means the maps printed are a square with the side of 33.8 cm (or 13.29 inches). Rules of this variant: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1173666/soccer-variant
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