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.

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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 too. They begin ‘The board is placed on a flat surface where all the players can easily reach it’ and end ‘A league may be set up for a set number of regular games with the winner getting 4 points, runner up 2 points, 3rd place 1 point’. In the introduction to the game is the I’m-not-sure-whether-to-cry-or-not suggestion ‘It can be played solo. Record your score and compare it to your previous games’. Bless.

You need to print your own instructinos and score sheets.

In Play

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Review Info

Product:The Mountain Bike Edition /
Price:from £29.99
Tested:by Hannah for

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (2)

    any app designers fancy writing it for iOS ? 🙂

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