Nine-Year-Olds Like Roborally


Now and then I like to play board games: mostly Blokus, Drakborgen (a.k.a. Dungeonquest), Scrabble and Roborally. The latter is an award-winning 1994 game where each player programs a robot to move through a treacherous obstacle course and tag a series of numbered flags. More often than not, your robot ends up a smoking laser-riddled wreck or disappears down a bottomless hole.

On the box, Roborally is recommended from age 12 up. I am proud to be able to tell you that the game works just fine with (bright, geeky) 9-year-olds as well. Yesterday after lunch I took Junior and his pal geocaching, and then we played Roborally. It was a breeze for them to understand and enjoy it. And I, of course, was very happy to beat them most mercilessly. While I still can, you know.

(Junior asks me to point out that as I tagged the last flag, his robot was nearly at the penultimate one.)

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  1. #1 PsyberDave
    May 2, 2008

    Hey, that’s pretty lagom, dude!

    Don’t listen to me. I don’t know what I am saying. I am home now watching the Travel Channel and there is a show about Sweden that I am quite enjoying.

    I say, I am much intrigued. I like the sense of style I see in the various shops and homes they are featuring in the show. I bet the meatballs there are notably better than at any place I can find in Fort Lauderdale, too.

    One day we’ll get to Sweden. One day.

  2. #2 Martin R
    May 2, 2008

    Welcome to Sweden! April through September is very nice. The other half of the year sucks most royally.

  3. #3 Ted H.
    May 2, 2008

    Yep, Roborally is a Blast! I agree, it is good for younger kids. A friend of mine has a son who plays an on-line version as well. We would play a very long version with the expansions, lots of boards, and little mercy.

  4. #4 Hans Persson
    May 5, 2008

    I played Robo Rally this weekend as well, both the new and the old version. (The old one is better.)

  5. #5 Caroline
    May 5, 2008

    As usual you have nothing original to offer… stop lifting stuff from Wired!

  6. #6 christina
    May 5, 2008

    yay, I never heard of this game before but it sounds like fun, I wanna try it!

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