Review | Aventyr: A Mountain Bike Board Game

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Make even your rest time play time with Aventyr, a mountain bike themed board game. And now for something completely different… a board game? Based around the idea of ‘Trailquest’ or orienteering by bike, Aventyr is a game where players aim to collect points at controls and get back to the start within 40 moves (and just like in the ‘real world’ of orienteering, there are penalties for every extra turn it takes you to get home beyond that limit). As with many a bike ride, it’s not all free wheeling, and a variety of obstacles and calamities will be encountered along the way, variously sending you places you don’t want to go, or docking points from your score. Is it any fun? I sat down with my kids to find out. This passed the time nicely, with plenty of evil laughs at misfortune. In The Box You get a game board, six coloured counters, a deck of 30 cards, and 2×6 sided dice, 1×4 sided dice, and 1×20 sided dice. You need to print the game instructions, score and time sheet pads off the web. It quite a cute looking board, with a nice hand drawn feel to the illustration on the board. Not so simple as to look like a child made it, but not so ‘designed’ to look fashionably artisan. It’s kind of quaint, which seems fitting for a new board game in an age of virtual reality and multiplayer screen games. The instructions are endearingly quaint...

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