Review: Colt Express

Monday, July 02, 2018


Our latest review for the blogger board game club is Colt Express. It's 1899 and the Union Pacific Express is headed north to deliver its payroll and forty-seven passengers. Suddenly the train is attacked by a host of thieving bandits aiming to become the richest outlaw of the Old West. In this game, players take on the role of the outlaws battling against each other to collect the most loot from the 3D train. Each turn, players plan ahead by playing action cards to steal loot, shoot their opponents, move around the train, and elude the marshal's bullets.

It is a game of both tactics and luck. If you have been shot too many times by your opponents you can end up with a hand full of useless bullets lowering your amount of action cards. The game can be played with between 2-6 players and is recommended for ages 10+. I'm not sure why that is the age guideline as we actually managed to play with both Gracie (7) and Zach (5). Gracie managed to play with no assistance and Zach needed a little assistance but we managed to have a few really fun games together as a family. I would definitely recommend it as a family game. 

It does take quite a while to set up the first time you play. You have to put together the 3D train with carriages and we did have the wheels on one of the carriages break which was a shame. The box is set up so that you can store it built up though so the next time you play it doesn't require the whole set up again. Once it is built you can add the money bags, gems and characters to the train ready to play. There are a few different rounds and each round a different person starts. The instructions are quite straight forward and there are advanced ways to play too to add a little more excitement to the game. 

Overall we really enjoyed this game. It is definitely one we will play regularly. Any game that has all of the family laughing and enjoying time together is a win for me. 

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