Handycon 3 – Dr. Eureka

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“Laboratory work was my first challenge. … I still carry the scars of my first discovery—that test-tubes are fragile.”

~ Edward Teller

The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! You must solve his scientific formulas by mixing the molecules from tube to tube without touching them with your bare hands. Transfer your molecules faster than your competition in Dr. Eureka to prove you’re the smartest scientist in the lab…

Very simple games… A game so quick and fun I forgot to hit record on my camera and this is why this is in writing with images from Board Game Geek 🙂

Each player has 3 test tubes each with 2 balls of the same colour in each. Then a card is flipped and it all kicks off!

The cards have a pattern that you need to match in the tubes and you’re trying to be the first to do it.

The player can only use their tubes to move the balls around. If a ball falls out or a player touches one of their balls with the finger they are out of the round until a new one begins.

The pattern can be matched if you turn one or more of the tubes upsidedown too!

The first player to match the pattern shouts “Eureka!” (Obviously) and after the players check to make sure it’s correct then they keep the card as a point. If it’s wrong, play continues and that player forfeits this point.

After a point, all tubes are returned upright but all balls stay where they were and a new round begins

The first player to 5 points wins.

Positive

Very fun a frantic. I love these “Less haste, more speed… but more Haste!” type games. Winning is VERY satisfying, lose and well… you’ll get the next one.

It’s very tense but in a good way, tipping balls from one tube to another is difficult enough as it is. They’re not very big and the light tubes combined with heavy balls and a tight fit in the top means you have to be really delicate.

The asynchronous start to each round is clever. Resetting each round would get boring but it’s nice to have each player think differently to solve the same puzzle each round.

Excellent production quality.

Negatives

I like my fillers in small boxes, this is quite a large one.

Summary

A very fun game worth breaking out at any time.

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