by David Short
published by Alderac Entertainment Group
Automobiles is the third in AEG's “trilogy” of transportation games and in some ways, combines the two (see below). It’s a clever twist on the basic deck-building mechanic, but instead of cards, you’re buying and collecting cubes that can help you “shift” up a gear and advance more quickly, but also colorful cubes, each of which can trigger an action that you will use to help race your little car around the track. Going faster isn’t free, though - all that extra speed adds to “wear” on your car, represented by brown cubes which will gunk up your next turn (for “Trains” fans, these are analogous to the Waste cards that you pick up as you develop). Each game is different because the specific actions that are linked to each color will vary depending on which cards are drawn during set-up.
|Way better than my construction paper creations!|
|Smell the fumes! Hear the engines roar!|
|Yeah. This. Like, far too often!|
|Sure, it looks pretty neat here, but trust me, it's kind of a pain in the ass!|
|The eagle-eyed among you have recognized that Automobiles is the game in our official ID pic! I can't fathom why Susan is smiling, though. She is almost assuredly losing!|
Click play on the vid below to learn how to play, then go buy it.