Originally Posted at http://gameswithtwo.blogspot.com/2012/06/life-in-fastlane-fa...
So, over the last month or so, I have been drawn to dexterity games. It's to the point where I am not even considering the Jones Theory, and I am try to grab up any dexterity game I can find. I don't know why, but we have just been having a blast playing them. I believe it stems from our time at Geekway to the West. I was able to play Crokinole and PitchCar there, and thus my obsession with flicking, building, stacking, and constructing was born. Since then, I have picked up three dexterity games (Ascending Empires, Villa Paletti, and Fastrack), and I have another one on order (Crokinole). However, the game that has grabbed our interest the most has been Fastrack.
Fastrack is a 2-player game published by Ferti and Blue Orange Games and designed by Jean-Marie Albert. The game takes about 3 minutes to play a round, and a game consists of 3 rounds. You should be able to finish a game in about 10 minutes, unless you had an epic grudge match. Fastrack is...surprise, surprise a dexterity game. You much use an elastic band to propel your wooden disc onto your opponents side of the board. The trick is that there is one small slot that you must shoot your disc through, while your opponent is trying to do the same. The first player to clear their side of discs is the winner. Players are only allowed to use one finger to move the disc into position to fire through the hole. Discs that go over the middle bar and onto the opponent's side count and discs that go out of play are considered out of the game. The game play is simple and easy to learn, which is one of the reasons that we are in love with Fastrack.
The components are great. The board is made of solid wood, and the discs are all made of wood as well. It also had a nice bag to keep all the discs in. The box is just big enough to slide the board into with no wasted space. The instructions are easy to understand and you can learn them in a couple of minutes, if not sooner. I don't think there is much they could have done better with this one. My only wish was maybe some replacement parts. A couple of extra discs and elastic bands would be great, just in case. The price is also right on at $20, which is a good value.
The game play of Fastrack is just as the title suggests: fast. This is a fast-paced dexterity game. Think of a game of air hockey on your table top, with ten pucks and both players shooting at the same goal. The outcome is a intense adrenaline rush that most board games can't provide. It also plays quickly and is easy and fast to learn. This is one of those games that you can pull out of the box, without any prior knowledge and be playing in a couple of minutes. If you enjoy dexterity games that just about anyone can play, you will like Fastrack as much as we do. I will warn you, this game can be a source of frustration, especially since it's a skill game, one player is usually better than the other and will tend to beat them. If you're evenly matched, you are in for a really good time.
That all being said, not everyone is going to enjoy Fastrack. If you hate dexterity games, it's not for you. If you hate direct conflict, you may want to avoid it. If you like in-depth strategy games or games with lots of luck, you may want to stay away as well. However, if you want a exciting time that you can finish in a couple minutes, or continue the excitement for hours, you might want to consider picking up this little gem.
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