Gridopolis: Matrix - Gridopolis Games $50.00
Game title: Gridopolis: Matrix
Game description: Matrix is an easy-to-learn strategy game that is played in three dimensions. Designed for 2- to 4-players (or more!) it can even be modified during gameplay. Matrix only uses a few simple parts, making it very quick and easy to learn.
Is it a building set? Is it a game? Gridopolis is a little bit of both, yet not much of either. Gridopolis, itself, is the game system. All the bits and bobs that come in the box. Inside is Matrix, the first game to use the Gridopolis system. At its core, Matrix is basically checkers, but on a 3D, customizable board.
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Full Gridopolis: Matrix Review
Is it a building set? Is it a game?
Gridopolis comes with over 200 pieces inside, a mix of discs, connectors, pipes, player pieces, and accessories. These basically allow you to create a 3D playing surface in just about any way you can imagine, though instructions for a base layout for Matrix is provided. The pieces are OK quality, and fit together well, but you have to be careful when snapping discs to connectors and taking them back apart because the junctions are a bit fragile.
As a building set, it’s a bit limiting. For laying out custom boards it can be freeing. Of course the game that comes with the set, Matrix, doesn’t quite feel like it fully utilizes the ability to be as free. Like I stated earlier, it’s basically Checkers, but you can jump up and down, and you can jump enemy pieces from various levels of the board. As a bit of added craziness, you can also jump an opponent’s pieces even if it means your own pieces jumps off the board, essentially sacrificing the piece.
In Matrix each player also gets a limited supply of the building pieces, allowing them to take their turn to add to the board instead of moving a piece. It’s cool in concept, but in reality you don’t get enough pieces to affect much change and you’re losing a turn of movement which can place you in a pretty bad position. There are also Blockers you can place to restrict player movement on the board and Jump Pads that allow you to warp from one pad to another if you land on one.
Overall Gridopolis is an interesting idea, but the base box falls a bit short. My kids enjoy building with the pieces, but only for a short time before they move on to a building set with more options. They enjoyed the game at first, but once the novelty of “idea” of the game wore off they put it back in the box and haven’t opened it again since.
A copy of Gridopolis was provided free for review by Gridopolis Games.
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