I normally write a little introduction here, but there’s really not much to go on with The Game of Dash. BSP Imagine’s website just links to an Amazon page for the game with the following sales pitch:
- New hybrid card / board game. Fast paced and fun competitive game play. You will need a sharp memory, lightning quick reflexes, strategy, and a little bit of luck. Only available on Amazon.
- Easy to learn & hard to master. 15 minute gameplay. Dash will quickly become an instant classic. Great card game for adults, kids, families and friends. Boredom will be N/A
- Wild rounds will have you racing to find each sequence and will make your stomach twist.
- Packaging is durable and compact. Style of the game is bright and colorful.
- Contains 78 pieces. Player packs include: 9 colored discs, 4 Dash coins, and 1 card with instructions. 4 Round Cards Also Included. Not Imported. Made in the USA
The Game of Dash is a fast-paced memory game played over the course of 8 rounds where players are trying to match color sets with the ones required by the current Round Card. Each player gets Dash Coins, each with the letter D, A, S, or H on them. These are placed face down. Each player also gets a set of 9 Color Discs. These are shuffled and placed face down on a 3×3 grid. The first Round Card is placed in the center of the table and play begins.
Each round in The Game of Dash requires a certain set, and order, of colors to be found. The 1st Round Card requires players to find a Red Disc, then Blue, then Purple, and finally Yellow. Players simultaneously play, turning one of their Color Discs over at a time, placing them aside if they match the color needed and flipped back over if not. The first player to meet all the requirements of the current Round Card shouts “dash”, then turns one of their Dash Coins over to the letter side. The next Round Cards is placed in the center of the table, the players shuffle up their Color Discs and pass them to the left, and set up for the next round. The game continues in this manner until all 8 rounds are over or a player spells out the word “DASH” with their coins.
Each round the colors needed to complete the sequence increases, as does the number of Color Discs that can be flipped at a time. Most rounds have a slot or two that requires multiple colors to be met before a player can move to the next. There’s no order to how the colors for a single slot are met, as long as every color is found.
The Game of Dash comes packaged in a plastic envelope with each player’s pieces stored in smaller plastic envelopes. The cardstock used for the Round Cards, Dash Coins, Colored Discs, and reference sheets provided is thin but sturdy and feels like it’ll stand up to a fair amount of use. The graphic design is colorful and minimal. The letters on the Dash Coins are a bit hard to make out with the font used, but this doesn’t really affect play at all.
The plastic envelope makes the game hard to store on a shelf. The game looks like it’d be fairly portable, but the envelope doesn’t really provide much protection.
The Game of Dash is basically a glorified version of Memory with a speed element to it. It’s quick, insanely simple to learn, and relies more upon a good memory and fast hands than any kind of strategy. It’s a game that targets the mass market and is a slight cut above similar games, the kind you’d find the in the card game section of Walmart, Target, etc… I can see families enjoying the game, especially those with younger children.
There are a few things that drag The Game of Dash down, though. The first being the packaging. As I stated earlier the plastic envelope is weird to store and doesn’t provide much protection for the game. It’s a thicker plastic but doesn’t feel overly durable. In fact, mine already has a small tear in it and the game hasn’t seen that much play. The next, and probably biggest, downside to the game is its price. At $19.99 it doesn’t seem like a great value for some thin cardstock in plastic.
The Game of Dash isn’t a terrible game. It’s fast, great with the kids, and is certainly better than some other small mass-market games out there. It’s just too expensive, packaged too oddly, and suffered from some over-the-top marketing. It feels like a game that was made to marketed more than played.
If you can stomach the $20 price tag it may be worth taking a look at. If not, there’s plenty of other games that will get you more bang for the buck.