Road Trip Games

AltimatumsNissan is sending out free copies of its promotional game, Altimatums. The game is packed to fit in a cup holder and includes two decks of cards.

The driver draws a destination card, and the passengers draw Altimatum cards with interesting activities to do when you get there.

Nissan’s example: “Drive to the busiest spot in your neighborhood,” and, “Hug the next stranger you meet.”

At the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chrysler’s press kit for the Pacifica minivan was built around a board game. It was a roll-and-move game called “Race to the Family Reunion” and featured a board with Detroit landmarks, a deck of event cards to draw on marked spaces, and minivan-shaped pawns.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Race to the Family Reunion

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AutomobilesAlderac Entertainment Group will be publishing a third game, Automobiles, in the company’s Destination Fun game series. The game, David Short’s third for AEG, is a racing game where the player’s car actions are chosen by drawing colored cubes out of a cloth bag. For each game, one of four different color cards for each of the five main colors is chosen, which determines what a particular color’s effect will be. With just under three hundred wooden cubes in ten different colors and several different effects per color, the game superficially reminds me a bit of Quarriors, but with car racing (and no dice). Players build out their cars and pit crews while the race is underway.

David Short had previously developed Planes for AEG, the second game in the Destination Fun series, which was released in 2014. Automobiles is scheduled to be available in October, 2015, with a MSRP of $49.99.

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