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Race 3000

Race 3000

Fall 2010 Games
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: The LEGO Group
Price: $19.99

The Lego Race 3000 game, though not quite played at racing speed, is nevertheless a solid game. Building the game board is fun and, like Lego at its best, allows for some creativity in the design. But a game about speed racing ought to be, well, speedy, and in this play pokes along. Players start with a LEGO-customizable die that is mostly blank, then on each turn roll it to add their own colors to the die, giving them extra moves on future turns. Tiny vehicles move along one of two tracks, changing tracks to avoid oil spills or to get into the pit lane to further improve their chances of crossing the finish line (and winning the tiny trophy) first. Strategic thinking is involved, and the game is very good at encouraging children to make up their own variations on game board design and game rules. Game play is complicated enough that smaller children will probably not be able to follow the action, and even older children had to keep the rule book close by each time they played in order to remember some of the nuances of the basic rules. Even so, the possibility for variation and the fun game board setup make this a good pick for Lego enthusiasts.

Emily Crawford   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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