Hare and Tortoise

by Douglas

(Yamagata, Japan)

Click to buy Hare and Tortoise from Amazon!Click to buy this item from Amazon!Game:
Hare and Tortoise
Game manufacturer:
Rio Grande Games
Number of players:
12 and up

Quick verdict

This is an old fashioned race game with a few surprises. It’s a great first game if you’re having a board game evening and even a lot of fun just played on its own. As a “mathematician” I LOVE this game but fear not, this can be enjoyed without the need of a NASA computer!

The game and gameplay

You and your fellow hares (rabbit with long ears) have to race around the 63 space track burning up carrots as you move. Dice don’t decide how far you move, you do! You need 1 carrot to move one space; 3 carrots (1+2) to move 2 spaces; 6 carrots (1+2+3) to move 3 spaces etc.

Click here to Put Your Foot Down: submit your OWN Footprint Rating and leave comments for this game!You can also choose to move backwards and get 10 carrots per space reversed! A unique concept in a racing game.

To win Hare and Tortoise you have to be first around the track, have eaten three lettuces, and have 10 or less carrots left in your possession. To come second, the conditions are the same for first except that you can have 20 or less carrots etc.Click to buy Hare and Tortoise from Amazon!Click to buy this item from Amazon!Eating a lettuce takes you out of the race for a couple of turns but earns you extra carrots after eating and there are only a few lettuce eating spaces on the board.

Each space on the Hare and Tortoise board has an action. You can get more carrots, gamble on guessing your position next turn for more carrots, eat a lettuce, or the land on the special hare space which is the only time when you use a die.

This special space is much more profitable if you are in 4th, 5th, or 6th place in the race. It gives you a chance to move up a place, move forward, or eat a lettuce. Being in 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and landing on a hare place increases your chances of losing something or going backwards (without any reward!). This game can be played with two people but it’s much more fun with 5 or 6 players. Hare and Tortoise is a very clever game!

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