Bionicle The Quest Game
Bionicle The Quest Game was first released in 2006. The game takes place during the Voya Nui saga of Bionicle. This is one of the only Bionicle board games out there, so I was hoping that it would be really fun. But is this a game you can play again and again?
The setup for this game is really easy. All you have to do is choose your character from the 6 available toa (which are minifigs), get out the game board, get out the dice, place a rubber band around the catapult toy, place the ball in the catapult tool, and place the cardboard hakaan figure in the stand. You also have to shuffle the cards in the deck. It only takes 2 minutes to setup. On a side note, the artwork on the boards is very creative and is very well done.
How to Play
The game board is foldable, with one side of the board on the outside which opens up into a bigger, regular sized game board. (If that's confusing, just think of it as instead of having a game board where it's only on one side, there is a game board on the other side as well). To start, deal out two cards to each player. Don’t look at these cards yet, you’ll use those when you play on the normal sized board. In the beginning, you each roll a dice. The goal is to be the first one to get to the center of the half-board. Once you get there, open up the board to “start” the game. The person who gets there first gets to go first and gets to draw a card.
Now you can look at your cards. These cards can do several different things, such as send your opponent back to start, join a toa on the board, move ahead a few spaces, send a fellow toa to a certain location, etc, etc. Whenever you land on a green space, you get to draw a card. Whenever you land on a red space, you have to try and hit the cardboard hakaan figure with the catapult. If you hit hakaan in one bounce or less, you get to move ahead one space.
The object of the game is to be the first one to get to the center of the game board.
This game is really fun. I enjoy how there are so many factors that can affect the gameplay. It is suspenseful as you could think you are about to win, but your opponent could have a card that sends you all the way home. Also, shooting a catapult is always fun.
What I don’t like about this game is that there is hardly any strategy at all, it is basically a game of luck because whoever gets the best dice rolls and best cards will win. Also, after playing the game for a while the cards get a bit old. But these are both minor details and overall this is a very fun game.
If I had to give it a rating out of 10, it would probably be about an 7. It is a game that I like to play a lot and is very suspenseful, but it does get a bit repetitive after a while and the game loses some of its suspense. It is a really great game for kids and for bionicle fans, but I wouldn't recommend it as a game for adults.