Domatics Reloaded Review

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Domatics Reloaded is a game published by Parent Choice Games. It is for 2-4 players. In this game, players will be playing cards in an attempt to hit the target number. The player that is able to do this first will be declared the winner.

To begin, a score keeper is chosen. The deck of cards is shuffled and players take turns drawing a card from the deck. The player with the highest number card is the first player and chooses the mission or target number. When playing without the multiplication and division cards, a number should be chosen between 100 and 275. When all the cards are used, the number should be between 250 and 500. The challenge card is placed in the middle of the play area. An equal number of cards should be dealt to each player from the deck until all cards are gone. Play now begins.

The game begins with the first player. On their turn, they are able to play any card except for an unblock card. Players will then take turns playing cards onto the stack. Every time they play a card, they then must provide the answer to the scorekeeper. A player can not retract their answer once it has been given. The player states what the sum of numbers are. For instance, the first player plays 11 +. The next player plays a 4 ÷. They then will call out the answer 15 because 11+4=15. The next player plays a 2x card and calls out the answer 2, because 4÷2=2. The current score would then be 17 (15+2)which the score keeper would then provide the running total. If the player gets the answer wrong, another player can grab the challenge card and issue a challenge. If they call a challenge without having the challenge card in their possession, they must discard a card into the challenge pile. The player with the challenge card is then able to provide the answer. If they answer correctly they win the challenge, scoring the points. If they answer incorrectly, another player may challenge them as well. That player, if they answer correctly, will take the cards from the challenge pile and 1 card from each player that answered incorrectly. Once a player reaches the target number, they are said to have “Hit the Number”. That player receives 2 points and the game starts all over with a new first player. An alternate method of winning consist of being the last player standing. That player receives 1 point.

That’s not all there is to the game, as there are also several special cards that each give special abilities to the player. The score increaser card allows a player to increase the score by a number of their choosing. This can help a player reach the target number much easier. The block card temporarily blocks the game and increases the current score by a specific number. It also allows the player that played the block card to take a card from each of their opponents unless they are able to counteract the card by playing an unblock card from their hand. These unblock cards reduce the score by a certain amount as well as protecting their cards. Skip cards are used to skip a player’s turn and take one of their cards from them. Score reducers are used much like the score increaser except in reverse as they decrease the score by a number of the player’s choosing. Once any of these cards are played and resolved, the card is discarded into a separate pile used only for special cards.

The game has no specific time length or end of game point limit. It can end after one play through with the winner being the first to “Hit The Number” or it can continue over several rounds of play to either a set time limit or point limit.

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COMPONENTS
This game consists of only a single deck of cards. The cards come inside a regular little tuck box. The cards are quite sturdy and have a rather nice finish to them. The artwork has this great looking ninja theme and feel to them, mostly on just the special cards. The remaining cards have this type of dojo background to them. In any case, the cards look really good and are really well made. I have to say that some of the lines that are word ballooned onto the special cards are a bit cheesy but it reminds me of all the old Kung Fu movies I used to watch as a kid. I really enjoyed watching the movies and I enjoy looking at the cards for this game.
8 out of 10

RULEBOOK
The rulebook for this game consists of a couple of cards. One card contains the rules and one card explains the special cards. There are no sheets of paper folded up, just the cards. Unless you’re familiar with the game of Domatics, you might find yourself a bit confused with the rules as a lot of things were very unclear. I really feel like this should have been approached a little bit better in regards to new players. Thankfully I understood everything but it was only because I’ve played the original game. I do like the the great explanations of the special cards. I only wish that level of detail had been carried over into the actual rules. In any case, I’m a bit let down with the actual rules.
7 out of 10

GAMEPLAY
Much like it’s predecessor, this too is an educational game. With that said, it’s actually quite enjoyable as well as being educational. It’s a great game for teaching math skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It’s designed for ages 6 and up, however I think that might be a bit young unless the child has a fairly good grasp on basic math skills. In many ways the game feels like Flash cards mixed with Uno or something of that nature. I would normally have said that combination would have been the last thing I’d ever want to play. The good thing is that the game is actually fun. Yes, you will use a great deal of math while playing the game, something that my son absolutely hated. Thankfully, he’s actually started liking the subject which makes a game like this more enjoyable for him. The special cards really add another dimension to the game as well. I really like how they can really turn things upside down and completely change the outcome of the game with a single play of a card. A really cool addition to a really unique and fun card game.
8 out of 10

OVERALL
Domatics Reloaded is an educational card game that teaches math in a rather unusual way. The game varies in length as it can be played in one round or several depending on how long players want to play. We usually prefer a point limit. It does require a basic understanding of math which might be difficult for younger players. For an educational game, I was rather impressed with the fun and ease of play. As home schoolers, this is a great addition to our class room. It’s also quite fun and interesting for adults. It helps reinforce math skills in a really fun way. The artwork is really fun and reminds me of old Kung Fu movies. I found the quality of the cards to be really good. The rules are a bit lacking especially if you’ve never played the original Domatics game. I really wish there had been a better approach to the rules. As it is, the game is light and fun. Way better than many educational games.
8 out of 10

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For more information about this game, please check out  Parent Choice Games at their site.

http://parentchoicegames.org/

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About Gaming Bits - Jonathan Nelson

I'm a happily married man with 2 wonderful kids. I love my family very much. I'm a big fan of board, card and RPG games and have been playing for over 20 years. As a board and card game reviewer, I'm hoping that this blog will inform, educate and entertain you. If you like it, please tell your friends and have them join in on the conversations. Thanks and GAME ON!!
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