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The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game By Rascals Review

THIS ITEM WAS GIFTED TO THE REVIEWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITING THE REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE THE REVIEWER'S OWN.

Oh… My… Days!  If ever there was a game that was created to bring out the worst instincts in you, make you become very devious and cunning, then it is most certainly and definitely this game.  You need to be have your wits about you and your devilish devious and cunning plans need to be played to your best advantage.  Forget friends and family when playing this game, you are out to win and that is your main goal.

Conjure up your most devious plan as your main goal and objective is to win as much money as you can at the races and the good thing about this, there are a couple of ways to do this.

1.         Your horse will need to come first, second or third, but if you are anything like me, there is no competition as my ultimate goal was to make sure my horse came first.  

2.         You will need to place your bet(s) on winning horses.

HOW TO PLAY THE GAME

I have to admit, I took some time to read and understand the instructions as I personally found them quite confusing, however, stick with them, set some time aside to fully understand them, once you do, it will be so worth it.  Trial and error to start with but stick with it, it is all part of the sneaky game planning you will soon learn to play, so make sure you really understand how it all works to conjure up your plans.

Someone will need to be chosen as the bookmaker as they will need to take control of the game.  We each threw the dice and whoever scored the highest became the bookmaker.

Before a race starts, lane placings are drawn and the horse that draws the inside lane starts.

How the horses are moved and dependant on what you throw on the dice, throw a 1, the horse moves 1 length, throw a 2, the horse moves 2 lengths forward, this is the same if a 3, 4, 5 or 6 is thrown.

If like me, rules are to be broken but sometimes you have to play by the rules to be cunning and sneaky.  Some of the rules control how the racing works which includes lane changes and blocking.  I love the Early Pace, Quicken Up and Finish Well sections.  These are brilliant as they give extra driving power for your horse… This was one of my favourites.

Onto another favourite part of the game of mine… the set of mischief cards… oh boy did I create mayhem with the others and players in the races

Everyone playing gets a number of Really Nasty Cards, £20,000 cash and a horse race would not be a horse race without a betting slip, which each player gets too.

Each race meeting game played will consists of six races.

Each player will get six horses, one for each race.

Each horse has a grade from 1 to 6.  1 being the best out of the 6 and 6 being the worst.

Before you start the game, each player must make the commitment on which horse will run in which race.

Remember, be cagey, cunning, whatever it takes to make sure you and your horse wins.  You will need your wit about you as you will need to work out the odds when placing your bets too.

Your biggest secret of all…. DO NOT LET ON TO ANYONE WHICH HORSE OR HORSES YOU HAVE BET ON!

I am extremely competitive, think monopoly for frustration and competitiveness and times that by 10, this game really did bring the worst out it me.   

There was 4 of us playing and took us around 90-120 minutes.  Between wine and other alcohol breaks, it all added to the fun, devilish and devious plans.  

We had so much laughter and fun, grunted and groaned at the cunningness on how each of us played and was brilliant to see how our instincts kicked in to make sure we tried our best to win and beat the others.

There are so many questions to think about when playing this game.  You need to have a game plan, be devious, manipulative and sneaky, the more cunning you can be, the better the game. 

1.         Do you want your horse to win, if not, what strategies do you put in place?  Do you make your horse fall over or, was you not happy with how the race went and demanded a restart?

2.         Can you be cold hearted, ruthless, destructive and double crossing whilst bluffing at the same time?

Do you honestly have what it takes to be Really Nasty?  Try this game out and find out just how nasty you can be.  I promise, you will have blast and so much fun.

BIG TIP

If you intend to play the game a lot, use a pencil when writing on the betting slips as you will soon run out of the betting slips.  I could not find anywhere to buy them, other than used pads on eBay.  This idea came to me as I love playing Yahtzee and it is the same with that game too but you can buy replacements pads for that game.  By using pencil, it is also about helping to save the planet, less paper means less recycling.

AGE RANGE

12 or over 

Whilst the age range is 12 and over, I suggest being mindful at just how nasty, conniving, deceitful etc. people may get playing this game and if you are worried about upsetting any children playing, then you might not want the to join in.  If like us, we did play with the grandchildren but did not play the nasty side of our strategies and was far less cunning.  We wanted to the children to enjoy the game have some fun but also teach them about game plans and strategies without being too nasty or conniving.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS

2 to 6 or you can play in teams

CONTENTS OF THE BOX

  • Game board 
  • One Dice 
  • Six Horses and jockeys
  • One Rider-less horse
  • One Betting pencil
  • Six Race cards
  • Six Lane Cards
  • 24 Really Nasty Cards
  • Dry marker pen
  • Large wad of paper moneysix Horses and jockeys

Rating: Would I recommend The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game?  Absolutely!  It is a 5/5 from me, if I am really honest, if I had to score out of 10, it would be 10/10

RRP:

£19.99

You can purchase the game from Amazon and shipping is free to Prime Members by clicking on the following link:-

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