I absolutely LOVED ringmaster, but it definitely wasn’t the best teamWork game. "You stay over there, and I’ll stay over here. ez dubs. Not great for teamwork. And Oh MAN That bonus tray was EPIC!!! Everything about that bonus tray just had me .
Next Level was also pretty nice, but the meta was a bit too good. There wasn’t much competition for the metA. But otherwise, hanging was fun, and stacking was also pretty fun.
Squared Away was an astronomical game. As with most games that use a mobile-goal. As @owen169 said:
The intensity of this game was insane!!! There were two separaTe final matches where we would’ve lost if us or the other team didn’t push in the last low cube! (One of them we actually did lose) Looking back, as usual, I wish I had learned to build the meta-bot, because those looked very fun. That was also the year I realized how crazy the VEX community on the internet was (especially in IQ, i.e. step-by-step instructions for the metabot.) Another annoying thing that year was the knocking cubes off of high posts. That happEned quite a bit with rookie teams when we were with them. But it was always fun to switch driver positions with our partner to get a better view of our side of the field. Great teamwork, Great scoring, but also, somewhat easily maxout-able (although I guess it didn’t happen until the very end of the year compared to early-mid season this season.)
Bankshot was a lot of fun, we had a one ball at a time shooter that worked like 20% of the time. It was our second year. But for the same reasons as Ringmaster’s, but multiplied 10-fold, not an amazing game.
(Although I do really wish I got to compete in anotheR shooting game in IQ. That would be epic.)
I personally think crossover was a bit overhyped. The teamwork aspect was probably the best of all the games, but the excess of hexballs at the end of the match was a bit annoyinG. Also the fact that all you need is a pushbot and you could make it really far was also a bit iffy. My opinions are pretty mixed on this one.
Highrise was just epic. We didn’t really have a functioning bot that year for the one tournament we went too, but it was still super exciting to watch the high-level matches. Exceeept… Seeing the cubes fall out from the starting position was super annoying to me. I don’t know why, it didn’t affect me in any way, but it just really got to me lol. Also the fact that vex tried to erase the fact that ringmAster happened by selling replacement cubes is actually really funny . Seriously though, good move VEX. Those cubes are much better.
Add It Up was also a game I was not a part of, but it looked like tons of fun. There hasn’t been a roller-intake Meta game in IQ since. But actually, that’s probably a good thing…
And finally, Rings-N-Things. I know of a few times I will tell someone about rings-n-things and they’ll be like:
“No way that was an actual game!!!”
I also thought it to be too crazy to be true. I mean, PENN TENNIS BALLS!!!
In conclusion, At the moment I don’t think I can rank them all, but they were all good for their own reasons, some more than others, and some a lot more than others. Can’t wait to see what happens to IQ next !
I already know...