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Rush Hour is a sliding puzzle game played with small plastic cars and lorries on a grid. The cars are positioned according to a selected game card and then the player has to try to extract the red car by sliding the other vehicles out of the way.
Rush Hour 3 is actually correctly called Card Set 3 as it is only a supplementary pack, it cannot be played as a stand-alone game. It is currently selling on Amazon at £4.50. You must have the original board and the original cars from Rush Hour to be able to use this card set.
Card Set 3 consists of a box containing 40 more challenge cards. These are split into four categories: Intermediate, Advances, Expert and Grand Master. The pack is also presented with a white Limousine with silver windows. I think it was this flash car that first attracted my niece's attention who owned this game for several years before passing it on to my chilren. It is the same length as the Lorries in the main Rush Hour game, which means that it occupies 3 squares rather than the two squares of the red car. This means that the game designers have managed to make the next 40 levels much more challenging as you try to manoeuvre the larger car out of the traffic jam in some of the levels whilst using the original red car in some of them too.
If someone enjoys playing rush hour then this expander pack will add some new challenges and the fun of sometimes trying to manoeuvre the larger car. However it will not add any appeal to players who are not keen on the original version as the logical gameplay is exactly the same.
The cards are supplied in a small box in which they only just fit so the box got tatty quite quickly from putting the cards in and out. Unfortunately the drawer underneath the board where the original game cards are kept is not large enough to keep both sets.
The limousine was quite an attractive piece (as plastic cars go!) when it was first purchased but it hasn't stood the test of time very well. It has yellowed quite considerably and looks very old although it is not broken. Although some of the cars from the original set have lost some of their colour I feel that the Limousine is by far the most damaged from light.
In my previous review I mentioned that Rush Hour isn't terribly easy to store although you could leave the cars on the grid if you put it on a shelf but once the Limousine has been added that is not possible as it doesn't fit as the grid is already full. I keep the cars in a separate box now which is where the white car and the extra set of cards is stored as well.
I didn't think the packaging made it really clear that this was only an add-on pack; I imagine it is easy for people to buy presuming that it is a card-game.
If you can get this set of cards cheap enough it is a nice little addition to Rush Hour but I think the original game has good longevity anyway so unless you are a genius who always needs new challenges you may well manage perfectly happily without it.