Challenge a friend and challenge your mind with Rush Hour Shift. It’s a two-player logic puzzle game where you simultaneously try to weave your way through rush hour traffic while blocking your opponent’s progress.
Use your moves to shift your own car, the cars on the road, and the road itself to navigate to the other side first.
You’ll need to use your wits to plan your route and your patience when the unexpected happens. Weaving through gridlock traffic has never been so fun!
The Game Board in rush hour shift is modeled after a multi-lane highway with traffic blocking you in every direction.
To win, you’ve got to get your car from one side of the board to the other before your opponent. You’ll each take turns making strategic choices to advance your car, move cars out of your way, and move cars into the way of your opponent.
Can you put your opponent into a jam without getting yourself into one?
Well that’s something you don’t see every day.
Unlike real traffic, the game grid in Rush Hour Shift can shift, creating a whole new set of challenges out of nowhere.
The board itself is made in three pieces that you or your opponent can slide along two seams to dramatically change the lay of the land. Use it to your advantage to slip obstacles out of your way and into your opponent’s. But they have the same power, so if you think you can move one car and zip your way to the other side on your next turn, just wait. Look again; now you’re facing a trio of perpendicular big rigs and a whole mess of frustration.
Slide a section of the game board to open a path for yourself or block your opponent.
Obey all traffic signs
Just like in real traffic, your mobility is limited by outside influences. In real life, it might be a speed limit, a one-way street, a car accident, or that jerk who’s cutting everybody off.
In Rush Hour Shift, each player holds four cards in their hand and plays one at the beginning of their turn. The cards determine if you’re going to move a car a determined number of spaces, drive forward until you hit a roadblock, shift the grid, or a combination of these moves.
Play the cards you’re dealt to drive forward while obstructing the competition.
A complete traffic jam in a box
Rush Hour Shift includes a three-piece game board, two player tokens, a thirty-two card deck, a dozen blocking vehicles, and a mesh storage pouch.
Everything you need to make and break a traffic jam.
When I’m looking for a puzzle challenge but don’t feel like picking up an electronic device, I usually turn to one of the titles fromThinkFun. We’ve told you about a number of their solitaire puzzles likeHoppersand theShell Game, each with challenges that get harder and harder. I am ashamed to say we haven’t finished a single one of them. We usually get to the more difficult levels, but there is always one or two that stump us. Frustrating, but that’s what we enjoy about them.
But our favorite so far has been one of their newest,Gravity Maze. It’s a three-dimensional puzzle that really challenges your spatial awareness.
As you can see, we turned this solitaire game into a family affair. It was a perfect game for cooperation, and although we haven’t solved them all either (yet), it is one we regularly return to hoping we’ll finally be able to call it “finished”.
Something similar happened with another title fromThinkFun.Rush Houris another logic puzzle that had people working together to solve the problem of getting their car through traffic. The street is set up according to a card, with subsequent cards getting harder and harder to solve. You slide the cars back and forth to create an exit route for your vehicle. Get your car to the other end of the board and you win that round.
This game was perfectly suited for conversion into a form that would allow for some friendly competition with a puzzle that changed as the game progressed.Rush Hour Shift is the follow-up to the award-winning Rush Hour. But instead of solving predetermined layouts, you take on a human opponent!
The instructions include a few suggested board setups, but you can create a puzzle of your own as long as you make sure both sides are mirrored so no player has an advantage. This isn’t a race – each player works from a hand of four cards (play one, draw one) that determines what moves they have available.
You might play the card on the left to move your car (or any other vehicle) two spaces forwards or backwards. Choose the card on the right and you move your car forward as far as it will go until it runs into something or off the end of the board for the win. The middle card allows you to both move cars three spaces AND shift the board!
Therein lies a new twist inRush Hour Shift. You and your opponent have the ability to completely move the road instead of the cars, opening up new paths for you and hopefully blocking the other player at the same time. There aren’t many things more fun than messing up someone else’s plans!
First player to maneuver their car through the traffic and off the other side of the board wins the game. Want to learn more? Watch this video put together by ThinkFun.
Rush Hour Shift includes a mesh carrying bag, making this a wonderful travel game without worrying about crushing a box.
Question: Traffic is horrible. How can this be fun?
Answer: If traffic were an intense strategic battle of wits, you might enjoy it more. Trust us, Rush Hour Shift might be themed after an annoying byproduct of road travel, but it’s a fierce mental competition full of strategy and fun.
Question: How many people can play?
Answer: Rush Hour Shift is a strategy game designed for two players ages eight and up.
Q: Can i use a blocking vehicles as a player
A: No. The "obstacle" pieces are not player avatars.
Q: How long does an average game take?
A: It will vary greatly depending on the difficulty of the board and the skill of the players, but in OUR experience the games lasted about 20-30 minutes.
Q: If you lose one of the pieces, is there anyway to buy another one? o-o Thanks ^^
A: We're afraid not. You'll just have to be careful not to lose any of the pieces!
Q: Can i play this game while i am in a REAL traffic jam?
A: Not if you're driving, because then you're probably the cause of the traffic jam.
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