A Great and Fun Card Game that Even Outsold Monopoly at one Point
Apr 5, 2012
While walking through a toy store which I can't remember it's name, I saw this card game named Mille Bornes. I took out the instructions, read them and was immediately blown away. Since I had no money on me, and I noticed that it was the only copy available I hid the game so that I could go back the next day to buy it. This was twenty years ago and little did I know back then that the game was about to be discontinued. My friends and I immediately got hooked. I still have the cards we used then. This game was so hot it outsold Monopoly for a while.
The premise of Mille Bornes is that the players are in a road race. The object of the game is to accumulate 5,000 points in several hands of play. You do this by traveling a distance of 700 or 1,000 miles (depending on the number of players) before your opponents do. But you have to do this while your opponents throw hazards at you such as accidents, flat tire, speed limits, etc. You will of course do the same to them. So the game becomes a race against time as all teams struggle to repair their cars while trying to stop their opponents and still manage to complete the race before the cards run out.
The game also included safety cards and bonuses depending on how you play your cards. This ups the strategy elements. But the best part of this game is that it's FUN to play. Especially when, for example, your opponents are out of gas and you have most of the gas cards on your hand; and you show them your cards just to see the pain on their faces... sweet.
For young ones it is educational since you have to use math and matching skills.
This Collector's Edition version is nice. It has the original art work of the 1962 game. Plus it has a car shaped tray which is OK. It might be a bit pricey but it is totally worth it. If you like card games you will love Mille Bornes. Have fun and drive safely (if you do you get a 300 point bonus).
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