In Get on Board players are building their own bus line in either New York when playing with 2 or 3 players, or in London when playing with 4 or 5 players. Over the course of 12 rounds, you’ll be picking up passengers and taking them to their destination while in the meantime avoiding traffic jams.
🚌 2-5 players, age 8+
🚌 Playing time: 30 minutes
🚌 Designer: Saashi
🚌 Artwork: Monsieur Z
🚌 Publisher: IELLO
🚦 At the start of the game, each player receives an asymmetric sheet on which they’ll cross off passengers and buildings and note their points as the game progresses. Every turn a card gets flipped that allows each player to place a different route consisting of one to three lines. In turn the players, who each start from a different point, place these routes on the central map, working towards their own personal objective and the two common objectives. At each intersection they’ll be picking up passengers and taking them to their destination further on the route to score points for them.
🟡 Many new x-and-write games have been released recently, but what’s different in Get on Board is that it’s also played on a central board, which makes for a bit more interaction: when placing a line on a segment that’s already used by others you’ll cause a traffic jam giving you a penalty at the end of the game, so there’s a chance your opponents give you a hard time without actually blocking you.
🟡 The game offers different ways to play: each type of passenger scores in a different way, and you can choose to go all-in on the objectives or focus on a couple of specific passenger types.
🟡 Get on Board brings a solid mix of route building, set collection and pick-up & delivery, and while your choices will be quite limited building your route, there sure are enough interesting decisions to be made.
🟡 The quick playing time and easy rules makes this an excellent gateway/family game which plays well at all player counts, and therefore I’m happy to give it a permanent spot in my collection!