MFG: Blue Orange Games
#of Players: 2
Overall Construction: Fastrack is a mostly wooden game. It is constructed very well. There is a little cloth net bag that is used to hold the hockey pucks. Be careful when opening the bag because if you don’t the clamping device that holds the bag shut it can slip off the end of the string and you will have to find a way to slide it back on. There are 2 elastic bands, one on either side. They are good, but like any elastic, I see it degrading over time. The pucks are cool. They are wooden disks, but have the shape and markings of actual hockey pucks.
Gameplay: Simple enough, take it out of the box, place it on the table, & divide the pucks in half (should be 5 pucks each). Place the pucks on the side of the board. Each player simultaneously takes the pucks on their side of the board, one at a time, and try to shoot the pucks through the hole in the center. It is possible to shoot it over the wall, but not advisable because if you accidentally shoot it off the table, you have to hold back that puck in reserve until all pucks have been removed from your side of the board. At that point you can try to get rid of it. First one to empty their side of the board of pucks wins the game.
For real-ish NHL style action flip the table after someone wins and play 3 rounds, for a best 2 out of 3 rounds.
Yes/No Recommend: This can be a quick easy game to play and although I suggest not shooting the pucks over the wall, it can be great fun. At first I had concerns about the bands & what I would do if they would break. Thankfully when I contacted Blue Orange I found out that they sell replacement bands.
You will notice that the pucks start to leave black streaks of the surface of the board. You can clean them up with isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab. I’m not sure about other methods. I worry about the isopropyl because it appears to remove some of the lines as well. I will continue to test other methods of cleaning them. A suggestion I made to Blue Orange was to sell a Zamboni shaped eraser to help clear up the black streaks. They seemed to like the idea so we will see. In the meantime, if you don’t want black streaks on your board you can always try the original version of Fastrack.
Where To Get It: This game has been around for a little bit so most game stores should have it. I have not seen this game at any big box store. For more information on this game and other Blue Orange Games please visit their website at http://www.blueorangegames.com/index.php/games/nhl-fastrack
Here is a link to the video review https://youtu.be/ZF9-sqzsVnQ