Downforce is a retooling of Wolfgang Kramer‘s auto racing game (known as Top Race, Daytona 500,and Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix over the years), overhauled by Rob Daviau for the modern day. The thrills of racing are reduced to their essential components. Players get cards, bid for their cars, place their bets on the winner, and then race.
Now Restoration Games and Iello have announced a deal to bring Downforce to gamers worldwide. Iello has the right to publish the game in every territory outside the U.S., and already has plans to publish a French version in 2018.
The game is for 2 – 6 players, ages 8 and up, and plays in 30 – 45 minutes. As an expansion it requires the base game to play. MSRP is $19.95. Release is planned for Summer 2018.
Restoration Games is a nostalgia game company co-founded by Justin D. Jacobson and award-winning designer Rob Daviau to identify well-loved older games that just need design tweaks to restore them to playable form. The company announced a new edition of the Milton Bradley class Fireball Island last summer (see “Restoration Games Heads to 'Fireball Island'”).