Sometimes you come across games completely at random, and this is an example. I stumbled across a positive review of 'Fast & Furious - Highway Heist' on Twitter, and liked what I saw, so I decided to get myself a copy. After all, we're in lockdown, so I needed some retail therapy, and it's a cooperative game so can be played with the family or played solo.
I should say that my knowledge of the film franchise on which this game is based is limited. I've only ever seen the first two, but know that they get more an more ridiculous in terms of stunts as the series progresses. But a game will little plastic cars being driven in an insane manner is already well on its way to being a winner in my book.
The game has three scenarios. The basic one involves destroying a tank. The second involves robbing a moving truck. And the third involves taking on a helicopter and an armoured sports-car whilst keeping a hacker alive. Each is progressively more difficult to play, and you can set a level of difficulty within each scenario by limiting how many stunts your team has available.
For my first game I chose Dom and Brian. Dom was driving the American Muscle car, whilst Brian was behind teh wheel of an Import Racer. The former is tough and good at ramming, but lacks control, whilst the other is a nice balance of control and speed, but weak defensively. Obviously I played the basic tank scenario, on the Easy setting. You can see the setup here. My two cars are at the left - the black and blue ones, whilst the big tank is surrounded by the Enemy SUVs, which are controlled by the game system.
The game assumes that everything is moving along the road from left to right, so movement is in addition to that. At the end of each full turn, all of the wrecks are moved to the left, representing the action leaving them behind, but any vehicle in the path of a moving wreck is destroyed (or damaged, if it's the tank).
The tank obligingly moved across into the path of the wreck, which was lucky. The game has a sequence where one player acts, then the enemy gets a turn.
Each player gets two actions. Aside from movement and leaping (see later) these require a skill-roll, so certain character/car combinations are better at certain actions than others. For example, in Dom's first turn he did a move (no skill roll required), then rammed an SUV (skill roll). The Muscle Car has the ability to push a wreck it causes into an adjacent space, so that allowed Dom to drop it in front of the tank.
The enemy turn consist of rolling a special dice which dictates whether they will move their SUVs (to ram the player vehicles), act with any roving crew (to jump on and/or damage player vehicles), draw an event card or move their main vehicle from side to side across the road. In this case the tank shifted sideways and an event card was drawn.
Anyway, Brian did a great job using a Grappling Hook stunt to pull SUVs into the path of the tank, but fell foul of some attacks and lost his car. A player can't be knocked out of the game, though. When their vehicle is wrecked, they leap out onto the nearest vehicle, friend or enemy. You can see Brain's blue peg on the tank.
This game is insane. But so much fun.
The final stunt hit the board. In each scenario this is a tricky one, but offers a way to win instantly if it is successfully completed. I managed to fulfil the conditions, but missed the skill roll required by one, and failed to wreck the tank. After that I couldn't get into position to do it again, and the game timed out. I'd lost; I'd inflicted five hits on the tank, needing eight to destroy it.
There's a few basic mechanisms I haven't covered, but I hope that this post gives you the gist of the game. It was a lot of fun to play, and I thought that the components were well-designed to make play as easy as possible too. The rules were clear too; I only encountered one thing where I will need to go back and read them through in detail again. The rules are also pretty simple, so it's a fairly easy game to play, but actually working out the best way to achieve your goal is quite tricky, and will obviously vary depending on what character and car combinations you choose. Anyway, it's daft and it's fun, and I will get that tank!