Our Gridopolis review, what we have to say about the 3d checkers and game system title. Part of the game is setting up the board. Using nodes and connectors, you build a space that allows two rows of your player pieces across from an opponent with the same thing. You may move one of your pieces closer to you opponents in an attempt to eat them or get upgraded but making it to their side. Though that is your main objective, you can also chose to build instead of move, adding new places to utilize on the gameboard.
We took a look across fun, replayability, player interaction, quality and art & style to come up with the overall score for our Gridopolis review. See the breakdown by category below.
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Fun (6 out of 10)
For the fun section of the Gridopolis review, we award a solid 6 out of 10. This is a tough thing to put eloquently because there is a game here but also a system. You have a game of 3D checkers with bells and whistles but you also have something you can build up very modularly and creatively to do something with.
If you are just in this for the game, it is 3D checkers with fewer slots. There is plenty of meat on the bone here but as you can imagine it is not the best thing ever. This is mainly for kids but players of all ages can certainly enjoy it. Then there is the building. You can create brand new game board configurations each time, but one fun hook to the game is that instead of moving you can build. So picture playing a game of checkers, but instead of moving, you add a new square to the board that everyone can now move onto.
Replayability (6 out of 10)
For the replayability section of the Gridopolis review, we award a good 6 out of 10. The changing and the openness to use and create different rules of this game is why it was built for replayability. Checkers in itself is not really a replayable game but they sure worked their hardest to try.
The board is made up of nodes and connectors. Nodes are circles that can hold game pieces and connectors are what bring them together. These can go forwards, backward, sideways, up or down. Then they are additional markers that can hold special functions. The upside is that the creativity this inspires and allows you to execute is endless. The downside is that setup and dismantle time is rough.
Player Interaction (6 out of 10)
For the player interaction section of the Gridopolis review, we award an above-average 6 out of 10. You are competing for space on a tight grid and reacting to the moves of your opponent(s), the perfect cocktail for interaction. Much of the player interaction in checkers is having many rows to work with, but in Gridopolis you cut it in half by only having three. It makes up ground by having three-dimensional verticals to move into and interesting building opportunities but it is still limiting.
The lego building aspect, as well as, the opportunity to essentially create your own games together with other people is a special kind of player interaction that you cannot really get from any other game and is certainly a great opportunity for kids.
Quality (7 out of 10)
For the quality section of the Gridopolis review, we award a great 7 out of 10. You are getting a huge lot of big plastic pieces and tons of options. The game comes with 217 pieces and they all fit together in a variety of ways with ease of use that even a young child could easily make sense of. These pieces are stundy and should survive almost anything.
Making a game with specific rules is hard enough, but making a game that is open ended enough for other creativity can brew within it is just as hard of a task. Gridolpolis may have a game set up at it core but its goal was to be something that could be modulated into the hopes and dreams of the community and it succeeds in that mission.
Art & Style (7 out of 10)
For the art & style section of the Gridopolis review, we award a very good 7 out of 10. This is not something you are pairing with old mahogany, this is a bold and vibrant beast that is going to get kids of all ages, and some adults, amped to play and be creative.
Things are big and bulky because they need to be stable and click together, so they just lean into that. This big thing that you can build is all part of it. Gridopolis knows what it is, a creative fun machine, and it has the play to match.
– IN CLOSING –
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Gridopolis is part 3d checkers with a twist and part lego-like creativity experience. The main idea is that it is a system that breeds creativity for budding game designers, but at its core it has a nice little game. Different configurations of board pieces make a space for your to play on. Move your pieces and try to take down your opponents. This is great for inspiring creativity in kids but is something that players of all ages can enjoy. This has been our Gridopolis review, we hope you enjoyed it!
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