That’s It. I’m Done With Speed Games!

That’s It. I’m Done With Speed Games!

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Yep, done I tell you. I had resigned myself to the fact that I just wasn’t as fast as I used to be when I thoroughly got trounced trying to beat my daughters at Jungle Speed. Then came Quick Cups, which proved way too quick for me. Lately it’s been Gloobz by Gigamic – such a cute game, but I have yet to win a single round! While at Geekway to the West we picked up another dexterity game from Gigamic called Panic Lab. This one is the final straw for me.

I'm swearing off any speed-related games for the rest of my life! Panic Lab did me in, and Gigamic is to blame! See why it'll kill it for you also! - SahmReviews.com

Packed in a perfect-for-travel tin box, Panic Lab includes four custom dice, some plastic tokens for scoring and 25 illustrated tiles. The premise is you and up to nine of your friends are working in a lab and a rogue amoeba has somehow escaped and you must find him. Sounds easy, right? Hold on…

All 25 tiles are arranged in a circle. Among the tiles are various colored and shaped amoeba along with three labs, air vents and mutate actions. In Panic Lab, everyone plays at the same time trying to figure out which of the amoeba cards is the correct one that escaped.

I'm swearing off any speed-related games for the rest of my life! Panic Lab did me in, and Gigamic is to blame! See why it'll kill it for you also! - SahmReviews.com

Of the four dice, three contain only two possible results (color, shape and pattern), while the third die dictates which lab and which direction he headed. One player rolls all four dice and the race begins to track him down. Right now you’re looking for a striped blue & purple amoeba with one eye that escaped from the red lab. Right now that is. I cannot adequately explain the complexity (and speed) needed to earn just one point (first to 5 wins), so let’s go through just one round using the die results from above.

I'm swearing off any speed-related games for the rest of my life! Panic Lab did me in, and Gigamic is to blame! See why it'll kill it for you also! - SahmReviews.com

Start at the red/orange lab and move in the direction of the white arrows (the die result has a white arrow in the center).

I'm swearing off any speed-related games for the rest of my life! Panic Lab did me in, and Gigamic is to blame! See why it'll kill it for you also! - SahmReviews.com

As you move clockwise (the direction of the white arrow), upon hitting the third tile the amoeba mutates. This particular tile gives him a second eye (if you had been a 2-eyed version, you would revert back to one eye).

I'm swearing off any speed-related games for the rest of my life! Panic Lab did me in, and Gigamic is to blame! See why it'll kill it for you also! - SahmReviews.com

Two more tiles and he enters the air vent, jumping to the next one in line.

I'm swearing off any speed-related games for the rest of my life! Panic Lab did me in, and Gigamic is to blame! See why it'll kill it for you also! - SahmReviews.com

Guess what he does next! You guessed it, another mutate. This time he changes colors to red & orange.

I'm swearing off any speed-related games for the rest of my life! Panic Lab did me in, and Gigamic is to blame! See why it'll kill it for you also! - SahmReviews.com

OMG, another hop into the air vent!

I'm swearing off any speed-related games for the rest of my life! Panic Lab did me in, and Gigamic is to blame! See why it'll kill it for you also! - SahmReviews.com

And another mutate! This time his pattern changes to spots from stripes! Are you keeping track?! Any idea what we’re looking for at this point?!

I'm swearing off any speed-related games for the rest of my life! Panic Lab did me in, and Gigamic is to blame! See why it'll kill it for you also! - SahmReviews.com

And yet another trip through the vent.

I'm swearing off any speed-related games for the rest of my life! Panic Lab did me in, and Gigamic is to blame! See why it'll kill it for you also! - SahmReviews.com

And FINALLY, he is caught! This is the first time any of the amoeba matched the current condition. All this happens in literally 10-15 seconds if you’re playing against my girls. Me…I was still on the first mutate. I’m not kidding when I say we’ve introduced this game to other adults, only to have them quickly lose 5-0 to our youngest child.

So why should you consider Panic Lab if you’re always destined to lose? First, the price. At under $10 it is a steal for the amount of fun inside the tiny box. Secondly, kids absolutely LOVE it. I haven’t seen a game in a long time that they’re this excited to teach to others (young and old). Of course, the fact they are proficient at it might be influencing their excitement to tell others.

Just like Gloobz, we see many opportunities for expansions that could include new amoeba as well as new tricks, mutations and much more. In fact, combine the two games, include plastic miniatures and this would be a candidate for cutest game ever!

Find your copy on Amazon for immediate delivery and be sure to tune into Gigamic‘s Facebook and Twitter feeds for news about other upcoming titles! Maybe they’ll finally make one us adults can win!

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Scott

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

9 comments on «That’s It. I’m Done With Speed Games!»

  1. Nuno Santos says:

    I’m also so bad in games that require reflexed but it’s fun to see the kids winning fair and square.

  2. Jim says:

    I’m not so sure I’d be good at this game… But it looks like it could be fun!

  3. Ryan D Baker says:

    This looks great!

  4. Sandra Watts says:

    I am too old for speed games, lol. I like games the whole family can relax too.

  5. James says:

    Speed games are a lot of fun! We grew up playing a lot of speed games that you can play with just a normal deck of cards.

  6. This is not a game for me, but looks fun!

  7. Donald Wayman says:

    The long arm wins, nope!

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