Published by: Green Couch Games
# of players 2 to 4
The copy I received an early review copy before the release of the Kickstarter campaign. Please note that the final components may be different based on the success of that campaign. The art on the cards is very colorful and easy to identify all the icons. There is no text in the game so you can play this game with kids or those who read a different language. I did not care for the four cards being the track and no extra scenery on the road cards. Every turn you are moving your truck (wooden disc currently) on the map and this can cause the cards to move around and stacked pieces to fall. The rules that were provided explained everything in a clear way. I was able to play and teach this game after reading the rules once.
The goal in Rocky Road a la Mode is to have the most victory points at the end of the game. The game ends when someone has collected 9 victory points and everyone's truck is ahead of that person. Players all start on the same spot on the track to begin the game. Players do not alternate between turns but rather the person the furthest back is the current player. That means the same player could potentially end up with multiple turns in a row. During your turn you will have 3 options. You can Restock, which allows you to draw up to 5 cards. You must decide how many cards you are going to take before you start drawing cards. For each card that you draw, you will move 1 space on the track. The cards that you are able to draw from are 3 face up community cards. After you take a card from the 3, a new one will be drawn and placed face up in the row.
Rocky Road a la Mode is a fun game that works well with a wide age range and skill level. This is a great entry point into managing time and resources. More seasoned players will enjoy the engine building aspect of the game. The game is played in a half an hour which goes by real quick. I tried many different strategies and each had their chances of victory. The art is really fun and colorful. I wish they would have done more with the road cards to match the rest of the fun art. I found it very easy to teach and everyone seemed to understand it very quickly. I would recommend this game to families with kids. The play time and light strategy make it great for a family game night or a quick game while you are enjoying a tasty frozen treat. I look forward to seeing the final version after the Kickstarter and will pick it up as a gift for some of my friend's families. I will also be keeping my copy for when I have family over to play with.
+ Very colorful art
+No reading comprehension needed
+ Great entry point for time management and engine building
+Quick play time
- The road cards were bland and moved around a lot
NOTE: The Road cards have a stretch goal to be a board instead and graphics are not finalized.
- Only 3 different kinds of treats