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Downforce (2017) is a card-based racing game where you bid, bet and race to get ahead. At the core is a strategic racing game where track placement is key and outfoxing other players at corners is essential. But around this are other bidding and betting elements that take the experience from a simple race to a grand strategy.

To play, you first bid for the six cars that each have different Power cards. You then place the cars on the track and play Movement cards to propel them forward. However, these cards not only move your car but your opponents. You need to carefully select and timing of which cards to play if you are going to find an advantage. This combines with how cars move around the track (only to connected spaces and always forwards) and the movement boosting Power cards to create a tactical racing battle.

The final twist is how you win: having the biggest financial margin between victory and defeat. As the race continues you can bet on which cars you think will pass betting markers on the track. The final scores tot-up the money from these bets, money from winning the race and then subtract what you spent on bidding for cars at the beginning.

The result is a racing game with different elements that fit perfectly together. It's three games in one really. The bidding for cars, the racing strategy and the betting on winners. Combine this with the beautiful car pieces and double-sided board and you have a game that is a lot of fun for a wide range of ages.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Downforce 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Strategy game with Race and Sequencing elements. You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. The three stages of the game need to be learned. In particular, understanding how this is a game about finances rather than pure racing is essential.

The first time you play, it's good to do the following:
  • There's a simpler set of rules to start with if you want.
  • Outline the car's legal and illegal moves on the track.
  • Highlight how the different actions of bidding will impact the final score.

Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and 40 minutes to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although it looks really simple, the bidding and betting aspects add complexity. Still, it's a great game for younger players too.

Content Rating

We haven’t documented this game’s content rating.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
You can purchase the Danger Circuit expansion that adds two new tracks and six new powers to turbocharge your game of Downforce. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 2-6

Genres: Strategy (Race and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: Board, Figures and Pen and Pad

Developer: Restoration Game (@RestorationGame)

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