Fast & Furious: Highway Heist Review
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Fast & Furious: Highway Heist Review

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For a franchise that has spawned nine feature films, plus spin-offs, with more in development, it’s a shock that there aren’t more Fast & Furious board games. After all, you’d think the mix of visual thrills and (literally) high-octane action in the series would be a good fit for the medium. Well, the wait for a new Fast & Furious board game experience is over with Fast & Furious: Highway Heist from Funko Games.

In this cooperative game, you can take on the role of characters from the series, such as Dominic or Letty, and work together to win one of three scenarios, all of which mimic climatic chase scenes from the Sbobet movies. There’s the truck heist from the first Fast & the Furious movie, the tank downing from the sixth, and the helicopter sequence from the seventh.

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Box and what’s inside

Highway Heist was designed by Prospero Hall, a tabletop design team that has made a big impression with critically acclaimed games in popular franchises such as Jaws and Disney Villainous. Like most of their titles, when you open the box, you’re greeted with a quote to set the scene: “It doesn’t matter what’s under the hood. What matters…is who’s behind the wheel.” ”.

Below the board is a tray full of colorful plastic miniatures: cars, enemy SUVs, and the three big boss vehicles, one for each scenario. While they are usable enough, these are soft plastic and lack details. Each Demo Slot Maxwin piece has two holes in the top to fit pins that represent someone standing on top of the vehicle, so they are not well suited for painting.

The art choice is interesting. Instead of stills from the movies, the Fast & the Furious board game features blurry faux-impressionist photos in a post-apocalyptic style. While not the most obvious choice, it is highly effective, creating a sense of speed and mimicking a certain car-heavy Australian movie franchise.

Rules and how to play

For a game with the potential for massive sales, Highway Heist requires its fair share of rules digestion before you can get a foothold. If you’re familiar with modern board games, it won’t be a problem, but for friends who prefer hardtop over tabletop, the number of options can be a bit confusing.

Apart from that, the installation is nice and fast. The group chooses a scenario to play and each player chooses a character and a car. Some combinations are better suited to certain scenarios. Then you put the big evil – tank, trailer or helicopter – in the middle of the road, surrounded by four enemy SUVs, and let your engines run.

You put the big evil – tank, trailer or helicopter – in the middle of the road, surrounded by four enemy SUVs, and keep your engines running.

During a turn, each player may take two actions. Some of these, such as Drive and Leap, are automatic. Most, like Force, which lets you push enemy vehicles around, require a roll of some custom six-sided dice with a mix of blank, nitro, and blank faces. You check what stats it requires, such as speed or control, then add up the pool of your chosen character and car. The action requires a certain number of green success points to succeed, otherwise it is wasted.

Dice-based cooperative games can be frustrating when things don’t go your way. But in Highway Heist you often roll twice per turn, per player, so the luck gets even.

In addition, all dice with Nitro symbols give you a tactical choice: throw them away or burn one of a limited supply of matching tokens to turn them into successes. It’s a slick combination, providing thrills for the big roles, while rarely getting out of hand.

After your turn, roll another die to see what the enemy figures are doing. Sometimes opposing SUVs will ram into your cars, or their passengers will jump on your roof to wreak havoc. Often, though, you’ll need to draw from a scenario-specific enemy deck with more detailed events. These cause the main scenario enemy, and sometimes other enemies, to move and attack. The tank can shoot or crush the player’s cars, the helicopter can fire a missile, and so on.

They also push down toward an “activation” space for an extra-negative effect if you don’t anticipate and plan to prevent them. For example, the “Cargo Thieves” card in the truck heist places enemy pegs on top of your cars that, if not dealt with in time, will steal back some of the loot you managed to get.

Fast & Furious: Highway Heist creates an amazing sense of kinetic energy and movement.

Even with only two actions and enemy activation, Fast & Furious: Highway Heist creates an amazing sense of kinetic energy and movement. Cars jostle for position on the road, pegs of both player and enemy climb rooftops and jump around. With a smart design choice, movement is relative: instead of moving many squares on a huge board, there is a suspicion of high speed. The constant hustle and bustle on the board gives it the sense of speed it needs.

Adding to the chaos are the stunt cards that move along the bottom of the board. These are special actions that require you to set certain placements on the board and perform a successful dice roll. The reward is an additional Nitro Token and a big step towards your scenario goals. However, they are also a timer. Each turn, a new stunt is added to the board, increasing to three difficulty levels, and an old one is removed. The last, hardest stunt is an instant win if you can do it. But if it’s shuffled off the board, it’s game over.

The stunt mechanic is a bit of a double-edged sword. While it adds strategy and standout moments to the fun, some maps are super specific and very difficult to complete with just two players. Highway Heist works better with three or the full complement of four. Most of the stunts aren’t actually from the movies either, but straight from the designers’ imaginations.

The last, hardest stunt is an instant win if you can do it. But if it’s shuffled off the board, it’s game over.

You can adjust the toughness by removing more stunt cards to make it harder. And a good thing, because the default hard setting feels a little too easy. A good cooperative game should provide the players with a challenge that they can pursue. Married to the limited selection of three scenarios, it does raise a question about the long-term replay value of the game.

But while it’s on your table, Highway Heist is a thrilling ride, where the moving pieces lock into a satisfying whole. The list of actions and stunt cards gives you plenty to think about. The way stunts count down and enemy cards add up, excites the suspense with no regrets. And the dice and Nitro boosts make you feel like you can always get a shot all the way to the finish.

Where To Buy Fast & Furious: Highway Heist

Fast & Furious: Highway Heist has a suggested retail price of $29.99 and can be ordered directly from Funko Games or other online retailers in the US, as well as in person from your local game store.

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