Board Game
2-6 Players
About 30 Minutes
Grade 3 and Up
Game Schooler Recommendation

From designer Wolfgang Kramer and adapted by Restoration Games, Downforce is a card-based racing game in which players bid for ownership of the cars in each race. However, it’s still possible to win the game even if your car finishes last! Your gameschoolers must manage risks and use tactical thinking skills to stay one step ahead of their opponents. However, most cards move the other cars, so players must choose wisely when playing cards. This mental puzzle is great for unlocking second and third-order thinking. The game board is beautiful, and the game comes complete with tiny plastic race cars that are sure to soften the hardest holdout.

Game Overview

Downforce is a card-driven bidding, racing, and betting game for 2-6 players based on Top Race, the award-winning design by the legendary Wolfgang Kramer. Players first bid to own the six cars in the race, then they play cards from their hand to speed them around the track. However, most cards will also move their opponents' cars. So figuring out just the right time to play a card is the key to victory. Along the way, players make secret bets on who they think will win the race. Whoever has the most money from their prize money, winning bets, and remaining bank wins.

  • Competition Competition
    Develops healthy competitive habits as two or more parties compete for a goal that cannot be shared.
  • Risk Management Risk Management
    Players must identify, evaluate, and prioritize options to reduce the impact of unfortunate events or risks.
  • Spatial Perception Spatial Perception
    Strengthens a player’s understanding of the spatial relationships with the objects in their environment as well as themselves.
  • Tactical Thinking Tactical Thinking
    Challenges players to make decisions based on currently available information.
  • Resilience Resilience
    Teaches players how to quickly recover from and cope with difficulties.
  • Resource Management Resource Management
    Boosts a player’s capacity to efficiently and effectively oversee available assets.
Game Details
  • Type: Family Game
  • Category: Board Game
  • Designer(s): Rob Daviau, Justin D. Jacobson, Wolfgang Kramer
  • Published: 2017
  • Game Length: About 30 Minutes
  • Players: 2-6 Players
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