Game Review by Debbie Winkler
Creator: Chris Handy, Artist: Karim Chakroun
Publisher: Kosmos & Z-Man Games (2009)
# of Players: 3 – 8
Target Age Group: 10 and up
Average Game Play: 60 minutes
Type of Game: Board Game
My Rating: 4/5 stars
“Long Shot is YOUR ticket to the track. In this exciting family-friendly horse racing board game, up to 8 players bet, buy horses, and strategize as the race unfolds.
Long Shot includes over 100 unique cards allowing players to combine strategies and resources for maximum control of the race. Will you buy a horse or two in the hopes of winning some of the purse, or will you bet it all on the long shot?
Whether a novice or a horse racing enthusiast, everyone’s a winner in this interactive strategy game where anytime is post time!” — Board Game Geek
I thought this was an easy, fun game, but it is a little bit slow. We played with 3 players and it took quite some time to play out. Each person has a set routine that they go through on each turn: roll the dice, move the horses, buy a horse OR play a card OR place a bet, draw a card and your turn is over. Should be fast, right? Wrong. There are a few too many options for the new player to go through. You start off with $25 so you can buy a horse, but then you are left with nothing. You get random cards from the deck, but they vary in usefulness and not all of them involve money. Now that I have played it once and kind of know which cards are in the deck, I think I would play a little bit differently, but that is now and I was playing it then.
Pretty much anyone who enjoys horses, horse racing or betting will have a fun time with this game. If you play with a larger group of people, you can have a good time chatting and catching up while you play so the slower pace is not necessarily a bad thing. There is a lot of reading involved as each card has a different use and there really are not a lot of duplicates. I can tell that they had a fun time putting this game together, though, as each card features a clever pun or play on words that refers back to horses and horse racing. A younger child could play this game with an older child or an adult as part of a “team” as this game is not hard to play, but you do need to know what your cards say!
Race board, 8 plastic horses, 2 unique dice, betting chips, 8 horse cards, large deck of random bonus cards, money in $5s, $10s, & $20s (keeps bets low and counting to a minimum!)
Some families don’t like anything regarding betting in their houses or anything involving horse races, which is about betting, so if you are one of those people, then this game is not for you! I figure that, since you aren’t really betting anything and the horses win based on a the roll of the dice, that you are not teaching anything bad to your children. This game is pretty easy to understand and, if your child is a good reader, they could probably play younger than recommended on the box, but I think that children ages 10 and up will perform best.