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Babis Tsimoris
Greece
Salonica
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Feb 2013
a racing game on sleds
2012-04-01
Hobbit DM
Ukraine
Chernivtsi
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Jul 2011
Too much math to do.
2011-10-16
Dvonn Yinsh
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Jun 2012
How the hell did I get talked into this one? It's Ave Caesar redux. Virtually a roll and move.

Serious runaway leader problem.
2012-06-19
Nathan Milbrath
United States
Fridley
Minnesota
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Feb 2014
After playing Formula D, this game pales in comparison. Fairly mathy for such a simple game. Amusing game, but I would rather play Formula D any day of the week over this. Awesome theme though.
2013-05-04
Thirty Thirty
England
Virginia Water
Surrey
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Aug 2011
For a racing game it is too gamey, for a gamers' game it is too light. So what was the big idea behind this one anyway? "Let's re-make Formula D with husky sleds!"?? shake
2012-06-07
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Danny Shave
Germany
Bad Kreuznach
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Sep 2010
boring :-(
2009-10-13
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Andre Metelo
United States
Kennesaw
Georgia
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3
Feb 2009*
I just like Formula De a lot more
2009-02-24
The Honorable Mayor McCheese
United States
Windermere
Florida
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3
Jun 2010
While the game mechanic is outstanding, it just wasn't that fun for a race game.
2009-08-09
Eric Flood
United States
San Francisco
California
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Jul 2011
Initial impression:

I'm rather torn by the game.

It feels like a game that should be more fun for what it is. It has some fun elements, but the game isn't as fun as other games with a similar time commitment (i.e. Galaxy Trucker).

It feels like the game was supposed to be a serious one, with good play winning consistently, but is too random for that. It's almost like they decided that if they made the game "more fun" that the game would not be one which could be taken seriously, and yet at the same time, if it were "less random," it wouldn't be as fun. They seemed to have constrained themselves on both sides of the fence.

I like the drifting/brake mechanic, and the way you may play only cards of the same type. I do not enjoy the luck of the draw, nor the deck-management (since the deck gets reshuffled over the course of the game) aspect. These are both areas that could use some improvement.

I would find it interesting to see a less random game which is not solvable, instead allowing the 4th place to lay down track 3 tiles ahead of the first place as the game progresses, while still needing to manage your deck resources.

I'm sure I'll play this one again in the future, but I'm not sure how I'll feel about it upon further play. Could feasibly go either way, with the addition of snow-flows/trees (which we did not play with, for everyone's first game).
2009-06-03
Bartlomiej Blazejczyk
Poland
Warszawa
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Aug 2013
I don't like it, not many decisions, boring gameplay, I've yet to find a racing game that I really like, so far the closest was Powerboats.
2013-09-10
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Matt Loter
United States
New Haven
Connecticut
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Oct 2009*
Ugh. It was kind of funny at first just racing poorly and seeing how it went, but the consequences make it such that you really have to play "properly" the whole time if you want to even live to the end. Totally boring to play the "right" way.
2009-09-23
Ron
Austria
Vienna
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ASL ... yes, this is my Desert Island Game. If I have to give up all my 3000+ games and only allowed to keep one, this would be it. This bloody game stood the test of time. Around for more than 25 years - simply the best.
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Apr 2010
Stupid luck-dependent racing game. Runaway Leader problem. Downtime problem. Play Formula De instead.
2013-01-10
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Chris Rogers
China
Beijing
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Jun 2015
Race game in which the speed and turning radius of your vehicle is manipulated by a limited set of cards, becoming even more limited if you happen to make mistakes. It's quick and the tracks are customizable, so it's fun for some quick racing (more players are preferable).
2010-11-11
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Roger Howell
United States
Lenexa
Kansas
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Nov 2011
My first race game I ever bought. I don't know if race games are boring or if it's just this game. Too mathy and turns took too long. Trading away.
2011-11-09
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Manda Kratz
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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3.5
Jun 2009*
Basically it's a racing game with multiple variants to make it more interesting. There are speed limits, hand limiters, and bonus, truthfully it is a decent racing game. I however just wasn't a fan of this game. Yes it's interesting and can be changed up, but really I was very very bored playing it. I just wanted it to end. It seemed that once I got into 4th place I couldn't catch up and if I balanced my sled well that would send me way over the speed limits. No thanks. I'll pass on this game in the future unless they really really need another player.
2009-06-08
Juan Carlos Goyes
Colombia
Bogota
Cundinamarca
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3.5
Nov 2013
2013-11-18

Initial Rating: 3.5 (November 2013)

I dislike racing games, so it is no wonder I don’t like this game. The bits are really cool and the game components and art have a good quality, however I found the game to be exceedingly simple, I played only the basic rules, but the decisions are pretty obvious so you can play the game on automatic. I would play again with the advanced rules, but I feel (as the game is so easy) that the player who wins is purely down to luck. Also (due to the same luck), I feel this has a runaway leader problem.

I will definitively sell my copy. For now I will try to stay far away from it, far to simple for my taste, perhaps a good game for new players and/or family.

Current Rating: 3.5
2014-11-23
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Kamil Klapka
Czech Republic
Praha 10
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Mar 2014
funny racing game but I do not like it so much like for example Antler Island. And miss some nice sculpts too - I am used for them in Lemont brothers games.
2009-10-09
Gordon Stewart
United States
Bowie
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Nov 2008*
Like Circus Maximus
but with two-dog sleds and no fun…
Thought from early descriptions it was just a joke
but it actually has nice components!
2008-11-09*
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United States
Mishawaka
Indiana
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Jul 2010
Interesting, simple take on the racing game. Should be Podracing!
2009-04-05
Wystan Benbow
United States
Stoneham
Massachusetts
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4
Aug 2012
Boring race game. NIce theme, but nothing to it
2013-06-07
David G.
United States
Moorpark
California
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Jul 2009*
Just another racing game with some extra twists. I appreciate it, but don't enjoy playing it.
2009-07-09
Ken Shoda
Japan
Zushi
Kanagawa
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Aug 2009*
Played twice with 5 and 6. Some neat mechanics but it is way too long for what it is. Card-play is a bit too restrictive. The major problem in this game is there is not much catching-up mechanics and there is not much player interactions. It is too difficult to control your sled already and there is no room to plan against your opponents.

As for racing games, I much prefer Ave Caesar, Breaking Away, Circus Maximus (in New Games of Old Rome) and Calabande and Marco Polo because they are all quicker and more player-interactions involved than Snow Tails.


2009-08-19
miklos kuti
Hungary
Budapest
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May 2010
it is a little more interesting than ave caesar. the race track is modular, obstacles can also be added, and 5 cards are in hand instead of three, of which 1,2 or 3 of the same number can be played to three areas of the dogsled(they represent pulling strength to left and right and braking strength). crashing to the sidewalls and to opponents or stepping over a speed limit is possible. decisions therefore less easy to make than in ave caesar and the race can slow down. i am not a big fan of racing games, but when a race game slows down it becomes really boring for me. do not play with AP players.
2009-05-07
Chris Barnard
United Kingdom
Leeds
West Yorkshire
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Jul 2010
Amusing rules. So-so race game.

The speed limits are curiously positioned on straights rather than bends. I found the business of creeping along at a snail's pace quite frustrating. Also there's not much chance of recovering from an early error/mishap.
2010-07-18
Gunnar Bernler
Sweden
Molndal
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Dec 2010
A copy of other racing games - not the best either
2009-07-21
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Ernie Lafky
United States
California
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Jul 2009*
This game was okay, but too hard for me for some reason. Maybe it was all the math. Sad, since that's what I do for a living.
2009-07-24
"L'état, c'est moi."
Canada
Vancouver
BC
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Feb 2013
Cute little race game. I could see this as a chariot racing game with a couple of extra dent rules...
2009-08-17
Nicolas BACK
France
Paris
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Nov 2009*
Deplacement, chiant meme si de bonnes idees
2009-11-27
Rodney Sheldon
United States
Springfield
Vermont
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4
Feb 2010
Not a bad racing game. Played just the beginners track. I feel it needs something else......
2009-12-17
Trip Godel
United States
Knoxville
Tennessee
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Aug 2010
Snow Tails has some neat ideas, including dents that limit your effective hand size or cards that sway one's direction. But without the attention to realism of Formula D or the visceral combat of Ave Caesar, this race game just falls flat. No difficult decisions are made.
2010-11-27
Philip Thomas
United Kingdom
London
London
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Apr 2011
One play. Seemed to be no way to catch the leader. Would be prepared to play again if assured this is not the case.
2011-04-05
Balogh János
Hungary
Kecskemét
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Feb 2012
A szánok mozgása és kanyarodása ötletesen van megoldva, de valahogy nem érzem átütőnek a játékot. A pálya összeállítása elég nyögvenyelősen ment a kép alapján, igazán megszámozhatták volna az egyes szakaszokat. Egyébként szépnek szép, de nem az a megvenném kategória.
2011-06-04
Fabio Z
Switzerland
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Jan 2015
Did not convince me. Nice components, but the game feels just unreal to play (at least to me, the other players were good with it)
2013-01-10
Kurt R
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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Mar 2013
While it certainly has some cute elements with the way you must manage your drift along with your speed, like all race games it comes down to a bit of luck where one person gets a break and runs away from the pack in a way that wouldn't happen in real life.

I haven't found a race game that's worth a damn yet and this one's no different. They're all just fillers and good for some laughs.
2013-03-23
Kent Sm
United States
New Brighton
Unspecified
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May 2013
I appreciate the way that the physics of dogsledding was somewhat captured in game form, but just because a game *can* be made doesn't mean it *should*. For instance, a theme heavy game about mowing my lawn would be equally dull as this.
2013-05-05
Kevin Beckey
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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Oct 2013
I much prefer this game to Ave Caesar. It's still not my type of game, but non-gamers would probably like it.
2013-10-11
Fabricio Bandeira
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
RJ
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4.3
Feb 2010
Joguei uma vez, em 04/02/2010, e achei bem mais ou menos.
2010-02-05
Steve Barker
United Kingdom
Lincoln
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Feb 2009*
Reasonable race game, not very exciting. Drifting mechanic is a novel way of negotiating the track but those who get left behind at the beginning seem to have too much of a job to catch up.
2008-10-28*
Timb
United States
Anniston
Alabama
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Dec 2009*
I was really excited to try this and I thought I would love it. After playing it I was surprised at how much I didn't. It was a lot more mathy and a lot more abstract than I thought it would be. My opinion could change with another play or two, but for me it just never felt like a race.
2009-12-13
Paul Lister
United Kingdom
London
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5
May 2010
Snow Tails do not manage to be e both cerebral and fun. It's not a light game and requires very careful card play.
I admire it but don't love it - that might change after more plays. Probably too cerebral to be that much fun
2010-05-07
Chris Darden
United States
Lake Saint Louis
Missouri
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5
May 2011
Uninspired race game that felt clunky. Take this with a grain of salt though, as I hate race games.
2011-05-31
Thorsten Bahr
Germany
Augsburg (near Munich)
Bavaria
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5
Nov 2008*
Didn't rock my boat. However, I have only a 1 game experience.
2008-11-19*
Craig Viau
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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5
Aug 2011
Just not my cup of tea.
2011-08-23
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David F
United States
Emeryville
California
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5
Jan 2012
Very original and interesting racing game for 2 to 5 players. My favorite part of the game is the damage system. Your damage scales up exponentially, so the first dent you take isn't so bad, the second hurts more than the first one did, the third one hurts much more and so on. This is in direct contrast to most racing games, which feature an all-or-nothing threshold damage system or at best a linear system. It's even slightly better than RoboRally's damage system.

Speaking of which, a lot of RoboRally shows up in the game. The real-time frantic action and bumping into each other is gone for cold hard math, but the formula works very well for fewer players (whereas RoboRally needs many players to be fun).

The steering system is very nifty and realistic if you think about it (don't swerve too much!).

The only problem is AP. Players can get really bogged down on a turn as you have many options and many things to consider. Planning your next move while others make theirs is key.

3+2
2012-01-23
Maarten D. de Jong
Netherlands
Zaandam
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Jun 2009*
I played a short demo with Fraser Lamont during Spiel 2008, and discovered that while it appears to be 'just another race game', it is actually a bit more difficult than one might think at first sight. Fraser turned out to be one mean musher, and finished before I was even halfway. I suspect this game is more about the activity of doing stuff than actual hard thought. I'll join in a few games when asked (hence the somewhat higher rating bordering on a 6), but won't buy the game as it is too expensive for what I'd get out of it.
2009-12-22
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Australia
Ashfield
NSW
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5
Dec 2008*
A cross between RoboRally and Formula De -- two games I'd rather not play. If you like those two games, you'll love this.
2008-12-21*
Terry Egan
United States
Waltham
MA
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May 2009*
Several friends had given this rave reviews, which may have contributed to my great disappointment when I finally got to play. Snow Tails isn't bad as far as card-driven race games go, and the mechanics do seem to mesh pretty well with the theme. However, the games seemed a little dull to me. Everything here works, but it's just not as fun as I'd expected from a race game with interesting mechanics, cool-looking tracks and a decent theme. I'd certainly play again, but I'm also pretty sure I'll never need to open up space in my closet for this one.
2009-04-25
Tim Thomas
United States
Oceanside
California
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Mar 2009*
Interesting mechanics with the drifting and use of braking. Like many racing games, though, I'm not a big fan of counting the number of spaces you can go, and here that seemed to take longer since there are more variables to consider. Nice graphics, novel mechanics, just not enough fun to rate higher.
2009-03-12
John Brier
United States
Aventura
Florida
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5
Nov 2011
Decided to cancel my pre-order after playing twice. While the card/sled system for movement is novel and very clever, the interaction between players is virtually nonexistent and in both games I saw a clear runaway leader from about 1/3 of the way through the race. I just don't see the game being interesting enough in the long run to justify actually buying it. I much prefer Leader 1 when it comes to race games.
2009-07-01
Jesse Dean
United States
Orlando
Florida
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Dec 2010
Adequately interesting. Would play it again, but not chomping at the bit.
2009-12-20

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