[Buy or Not Buy] Coaster Park

There are so many games out there that it is hard to keep track of. There are some companies that I like so I sign-up for their newsletter (or Kickstarter automatically does it for me). It is a great way to see what is coming from companies you may like. This is a new one for me and has giving me many ups and downs.

Should I buy Coaster Park or not?

First off…

YOU GET TO MAKE YOUR OWN WORKING ROLLER COASTER!

Okay, that is out of the way….

Reminds me of Colt Express and some of the naysayers of the 3D nature of the game. It could’ve been a flat board at a skewed perspective to represent the train but it wouldn’t have worked as well. Now you don’t have to worry about knocking the table and the pieces being misaligned; when you go to the roof or inside a car, you know where you are.

In that sense, making a coaster seems like an obvious choice. I haven’t gone through the rule book but I know you have to make sure the marble traverses the whole coaster to be successful. Otherwise, you didn’t make the best park around. Can’t have that. We will come back to this part…

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This is billed as a quick, fun, gateway like game for all to play. That is a plus in my book. Bidding will add depth for the more “HaRdCoRe” gamers. Even then, they can be satisfied with a filler game to cleanse their palette before the next big game.

Back to the building part and probably the final nail in the coffin for me. I guess the cat is out of the bag…

I love the idea of this game. It fits the NTBG (NonTraditional Board Games) moniker that I don’t stick to when deciding games. I’d love to build roller coasters and make it a game. The problem is just that, building the roller coasters.  After looking through a bunch of pictures when researching the game, it looks like there can be a lot pieces for the coaster. When assembling Colt Express, I had no problem but I also leave them assembled for others to just take out and play. This mainly hit me when looking at the actually-working loop-de-loop.

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This is a 3D, cardboard board game. Since you are building the coaster every time, they won’t come pre-built between games. Fiddling with the cardboard each time and taking it apart strikes me as a negative especially since I play with random people a lot of the time. Might seem like a weak reason to you but it is one more thing that seems like it could be a hassle.

With 26 left in stock (at the time of this writing) for pre-order, I think I can safely say it would be wise for me to pass. This might be up your alley and I’d love to play it but with the amount of new people I play this game with, seems like it is not a wise pick.

You can pre-order the game now at Pandasaurusgames.com.

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