Bought this game off a second hand shop years ago for the nostalgic fact that I used to own Car Wars.
The game comes in a portable box measuring round 12 by 20 cm and included within the box are 6 large coloured "car cards" and 110 playing cards. The various car cards are distinguished by 2 factors - the various basic colours that the cars are painted in and the name. Other than that they all have the same stats. I should not neglect to mention that the large car cards are made of some flimy and lousy card board material hence, it is easily damaged if not taken care of.
The game play:
The game play is simple - kill all other opponents and score 60 points to win the game.
Points are awarded in the following fashion
1) 10 points for each kill
2) 20 points for being the last one standing in each duel
In order to score a kill, players must play attack cards to breach the armour of a car. Once the armour has been breached, the driver would then be attacked. Once the driver had taken 3 hits, he would then be unable to drive the car and thus a "kill" is scored.
Attack cards normally have a value ranging from 3 - 6 and this may be modified either by a special or armour card.
Each duel normally last between 10 - 20mins and an entire game about 30 mins.
In all, Car Wars The Card Game is a pretty simple game to play and would act well as a "filler". This game itself is quite a luck based game for the amount of damage one is able to deal depends of the kind of cards that you draw and it goes the same as well for defense. Like I've said, the game acts well as a time killer and nothign more. It does not have the "X factor" that keeps gamers entertained for after a few duels, the game itself grows stale. If you would have to buy it, get it second hand if possible (I got mine at A$15)
I've recently tried this game and i think it's a good game.
Perhaps it lacks of something to be a great game:
All the cars have the same stats: it would be much more fun if the cars had stats slightly different from each other, with some special and unique abilities, and related card strategy.
Card strategy: cards don't interact with each other very much. I mean, there aren't so much combo to try to do, so there is not so much strategy in the hand management. Just hope to get the right attack card and fire it!
A simple and relaxing game, but in the same genre Cold Naval Wars is better!
Just my two cents...
I'm working on a variant as I read this. Almost done.