Reviewer James Freeman
Designer Pierre Compain, Frédéric Guattari
The great wood skirmish had been going on seemingly for decades. It was a war between The Orange and The Blue. They would gather their best soldiers and meet on a neutral field, a singular podium. From here each side would race to build the highest structure or get all there pieces onto the podium. The winning side claimed supremacy until the next time that battled.... Just kidding, i made all this up on the fly.
In Pile-Up Rush, two players (or teams, if you desire) you compete to place odd pieces of wood on a shared platform, trying not to knock the entire pile over. This is all happening while a sand timer is running, and you have to add at least one piece to the structure and flip the sand timer before it runs out which ends your turn and immediately starts your opponents turn (there is a line that the sand has to be under before you can flip it and make it your opponents turn). When a player makes the stack fall, the opponent chooses one of their pieces and keeps it, then they play another round. If you manage to place all of your pieces in the tower, then you get to keep two of the opponent's pieces and start another round.
The first player or team to capture four pieces wins.
The wood is very good quality. I have heard of people getting some misshaped or broken pieces and Korea Board Games was very quick to replace them. The two color look great in contrast to each other (for some reason my camera glitched this picture a little for color but there is no way i could recreate this authentic stack of awesomeness).
This is a great little game, and it can be super stressful. That timer...grrr... the timer. Your frantically trying to put the blocks on but also not let the sand timer run out. Sometimes you just place one block and wait to try and flip the timer on your opponent. The platform has two sides which change the level difficulty slightly. This is a great filler dexterity game and i hope some day to see a U.S. release of it.
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