Robotlab: Quick Robot Building Game

 Game: Robotlab  Time: 15 minutes
 Publisher: Self-Published  Age: 6+
 Players: 2- 5  Replayability: 7/ 10

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Robotlab: Quick Robot Building Game

Card building games (or set building) are great because of how simple the gameplay mechanics are and how quick a game can run. These types of games ask for quick thinking strategy in order to get the lead on your opponents when building. This title has us building robots! Each color robot will be shuffled into a deck along with action cards that will be dealt out and used as the draw deck during the game. Players will either play a robot piece to their robot’s body (played at the start of the game) or use an action card. What I enjoy about this game that a lot of building games don’t take advantage of are action cards that give you that bonus action which usually gives players that upper hand to catch up. A lot of the time, the ‘either this or that’ action gameplay makes it difficult for players to get that bounce back into the game when they are falling behind. It’s a solid game that successfully funded on kickstarter!

My Experience

I played a two player game and a four player game to get a couple different playthroughs. I noticed the two player game ran much faster than the four player game, but the four player game asked for a lot more strategy over the two player game. In my two player game, we were racing to get down pieces. There were a lot of card opportunities that had us searching the trash for our colored parts, taking extra actions to place parts, and forcibly removing opponents robot pieces to keep the game neck and neck. With the four-player game, we had to look out for more than just one opponent. I noticed a lot of players using action cards a lot more often in order to remove opponents robots and shuffle brand new cards into their hands. It was less a race to the end and more a battle to damage the opponents the most. There were moments I needed trash searching cards because I’ve had my legs thrown out one too many times (it was a lot of fun).

Final Thoughts

This is an experience that is available for all player types. I think my cousins will love getting their hands on this and my game group would enjoy a break from party games and heavier titles every so often. It’s super quick to set up and easy to get going. I can teach the game within minutes and we’ll have a couple rounds going within the hour. It’s a directly interactive game since we are consistently forcing each other to either remove parts equipped to their robot, or we’ll be searching the trash for parts. I like how quick the game plays. I don’t come across many building games but I got to say when I do, I’m underwhelmed by the action cards in the game–Robotlab does a fantastic job handling the bounce back (when in last) with so many opportunities to damage players in the lead.

You will like this game if you want to get a card game together for a full range of players and want to play something light and quick.

You will not like this game if you want something less interactive and with more depth.

 

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Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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