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Supreme Board Game Review


Quick Look: Supreme Board Game

Publisher: Independent
No. of Players: 2-6
Ages: 8 to Adult
Playing Time: 10-30 minutes

From the publisher:

The Supreme Board Game is fun and easy to learn, easy to play, and no 2 games will ever be identical.  A game can be played within 15 minutes or so, and the ideal combination of luck and skill creates a fun interactive atmosphere.  Any player can win at any time, but after a series of games, the more skillful player should prevail.  If you would like to add more skill and excitement, the advanced rules using the doubling cube will lead to a dynamic 2 player heads up match, or a multi player tournament.

Navigate your pawn according to your die rolls, from the start to the finish, taking advantage of short cuts and tunnel spaces that could instantly catapult you from last place to first place!  The exciting fast paced game play will keep you guessing who's going to win until the final turn!


Review: Supreme Board Game

Overview:

Supreme Board Game is a roll-and-move game for families or parties from 2-6 people that can also be played match- or tournament-style with a series of 2-player games.  It takes familiar elements and combines them in a bigger, supreme game.




Components:

Supreme Board Game (deluxe version) comes with a giant 20x30 fold out board, 6 oversized wooden pawns, 2 black dice, 6 red dice, 1 white doubling cube, and a sheet of instructions.  The standard version uses a playmat instead of a board, comes in a tube instead of a box, and has smaller pawns.



The box, board, and pieces are sturdy and thick and will hold up well to repeated use.  Graphics are kept simple, giving the game an abstract feel.  The oversized wooden pawns were a big hit in our house!


Game Play and Mechanics:

Supreme Board Game has a familiar, roll-and-move feel with several strategic changes.  In the base game, you roll 2 dice and move the value of either one, forwards or backwards, allowing the player to have more control over where the pawn will land.




Landing on an opponent's pawn sends them backwards three spaces. 
Landing on a red shortcut space moves your pawn ahead to the space marked by the end of the arrow.
Landing on a red die space gives you a bonus die that can be traded in on a later turn for a reroll.





Landing on a tunnel space allows you to choose whether to keep moving as usual or whether to take the tunnel - each tunnel requires you to roll a certain number (or one of a few certain numbers) as the sum of both dice to move out of the end of the tunnel and continue moving forward.



Towards the end of the game, when at least half the pawns are in the end zone (marked by black outlines of the path spaces), any player may choose to use the final purple or black tunnel in hopes of making a jump ahead.

The winner is the first to move their pawn onto Finish.




An advanced game for two players uses the strategic doubling cube, familiar to Backgammon players.  At any time that one player feels they have a strong lead, they can offer a Double - to make the game worth 2 points to the victor unless the other player concedes, giving the first player a single point for the victory.  A contentious game could be redoubled, making it worth 4, 8, 16, 32, or possibly even 64 points for victory (though we never went past 4).  The use of the doubling cube adds a strong layer of strategy requiring players to know their opponents and choose when to push their luck.

Similarly, the advanced game has a Blitz rule, allowing one player to declare a Blitz (before entering the black-bordered final area) and complete the game always using the lowest of the two die rolls, earning 2 points for a victory under a Blitz.

The rules suggest playing a match to an odd number of game points (3, 5, 7, 9, or more) to turn Supreme Board Game more tactical.


The Good:




Supreme Board Game is great for families or new gamers who are comfortable with an easy-going, roll-and-move style game.  The components are sturdy, and the special rules make the game more complex than similar offerings.

Played as a series of matches, Supreme Board Game becomes more of a strategic wagering game (when do I press for a Double?  Should I declare a Blitz?) and provides added depth and interest to more serious board game fans.


The Bad:




The abstract graphics and abstract theme of the plain box and game board for Supreme Board Game weren't appealing to my kids, although they appreciated the heft of the components.  As this game gets more exposure and gains ground, a facelift may give it a wider appeal.


Players Who Like:

Supreme Board Game would certainly appeal to fans of traditional roll-and-move games such as Parcheesi, Aggravation, and the more strategic Backgammon.


Final Thoughts:




Supreme Board Game is a surprisingly complex game for its simple package.  It offered more than we expected from the classic-looking board and traditional pieces, especially once the advanced rules were added in.  A fine start from an independent publisher!



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About the Author:


My name is Alexa: I'm a life-long game player and homeschooling mom to two awesome kids. I've loved board games since my early days playing Scrabble and Gin Rummy with my grandmother, and life only got more interesting when I married a Battletech enthusiast and fellow game lover. We've played games with our kids since they were small, and I helped start a thriving homeschool co-op where we have weekly sessions of board games with kids.  In a family with kids raised on Catan and Pandemic, life is sure to be fun! You may run into me on Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and other social media as MamaGames. Be sure to say hi!
Supreme Board Game Review Supreme Board Game Review Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on March 01, 2018 Rating: 5

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