Experience the popular racing board game on your mobile devices
Race with your friends or family, or even against the AI to the finish line
Have fun using hazards on your fellow racers to stop them in their tracks
Based on the popular board game of the same name, Mille Bornes is a really interesting card-based racing game that combines the best of the traditional Snakes-and-Ladders and infuse it with the sort of competitiveness which is the hallmark of the game UNO. The objective in any Mille Bornes game is simple – be the first to reach the finish line and win the game. However, how you’d get there is an entirely different, and can be rather messy, affair.
To start playing, you simply need to choose a map, customize your avatar and input your name. You can also add more players to the game, be it human players (no online multiplayer, so it’s more of a “Pass & Play”) or AI. You can even choose one of the 2 card backs to use. Once done, you can dive right into the tutorial to learn how the game works.
This game is actually very easy to understand... as long as you know what each card does and how to plan your moves ahead. There are 4 types of cards here, namely movement, hazards, remedy and safety. Movement cards are the basic cards you’ll need to move your car. It comes in various distances and these distances show how far you can move on the board.
Hazard cards, on the other hand, are a lot more interesting. Like movement cards, they come in many forms, but the most important thing you should know about them is that they will cripple your movement, either by forcing you to slow down (such as the Speed Limit card) or completely stopping your car (for example, No Fuel).
Thankfully, each hazard card has its own counter-card – the Remedy card. So, if you were hit with a Flat Tire card, using a Spare Tire remedy card will be able to fix the problem and get you moving in the next round.
Lastly, the safety cards. These cards, such as Emergency Services, are incredibly rare in the deck and if you happen to get it, you’ll basically be protected from the majority (or all) of the Hazards other players can throw at you. All that’s left for you to worry about is getting enough movement cards to move your car.
In terms of variety, the game does lack maps. Aside from the tutorial and the starter map, you will get 1 free map with the game and another one only after you’ve signed up. These 2 maps are very different from the first 2 maps, mainly because the maps aren’t as “barren” – they are occasional special tiles which will give you some extra advantage such as an extra move or let you go through a shortcut. There are even random event tiles that will grant you either an advantage or a penalty.
At the end of the game, you’ll get to see an overall statistic of the game, such as how far each player has managed to reach along with all the achievements gained. Some achievements are easier to get than others and as such, they are graded in terms of quality, ranging from bronze to gold. Getting achievements doesn’t really give you anything special though, it’s more of a collection thing.
Overall, I’d say this digital version of Mille Bornes is as fun as its physical board game counterpart. The cartoonish graphics is a nice touch in this game, allowing the game to appeal to both adults and kids alike, making it a wonderful family game that can be played while you’re on the go. However, this is a game with a gameplay that may make you as unpopular among your friends and your family as with the game, UNO – Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!