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Downforce Review
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Posted: 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


Downforce is a card-based racing game where you bid, bet and race to get ahead. At the core is a strategic racing game where track placement it key and outfoxing other players at corners is essential. But around this are other bidding and betting elements that take the experience from a simple race to a grand strategy.

To play, you first bid for the six cars that each have different Power cards. You then place the cars on the track and play Movement cards to propel them forwards. However, these cards not only move your car but your opponents. You need to carefully select and time which cards to play if you are going to find an advantage. This combines with how cars move around the track (only to connected spaces and always forwards) and the movement boosting Power cards to create a tactical racing battle.

The final twist is how you win: having the biggest financial margin between victory and defeat. As the race continues you can bet on which cars you think will pass betting markers on the track. The final scores tot-up the money from these bets, money from winning the race and then subtracts what you spent on bidding for cars at the beginning.

The result is a racing game with different elements that fit perfectly together. It's three games in one really. The bidding for cars, the racing strategy and the betting on winners. Combine this with the beautiful car pieces and double-sided board and you have a game that it a lot of fun for a wide range of ages.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Genres: Race, Sequencing and Strategy

Pieces: Board, Figures and Pen and Pad

Developer: Restoration Game (@RestorationGame)

Players: 2-6



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Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. The three stages of the game need to be learned. In particular, understand how this is a game about finances rather than pure racing is essential.

The first time you play, it's good to do the following:
  • There's a simpler set of rules to start with if you want.
  • Outline the car's legal and illegal moves on the track.
  • Highlight how the different actions of bidding will impact the final score.

Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and 40 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

8-11 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although it looks really simple, the bidding and betting aspects add complexity. Still, it's a great game for younger players too.

Content Rating


You can purchase the Danger Circuit expansion that adds two new tracks and six new powers to turbocharge your game of Downforce.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Downforce Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@RestorationGame) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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