It’s 1899. The Iron horse thunders across an arid landscape, as tumbleweed blows across the tracks ahead. A shot can be heard, quickly followed by a few more. I woman screams and a man croaks his last words… “Darn you Marshal Ford you got m… ugh”.
All aboard the Union Pacific Express to Nice Valley Coal Company! Where the roughest, toughest bandits out of Dodge City, attempt to rob from the 47 passengers, steal the miner’s payroll, shoot or punch other meeple bandits and avoid good ol’ Marshal Samuel Ford, the leanest, meanest lawmeeple this side of Tuscon!
Move over Lee Van Cleef
In Colt Express each player plays a thievin’ bandit bent on getting as much loot as possible and become the sole winner. To do this they must plan ahead, playing cards to steal loot, shoot fellow baddies and move around a fantastic looking 3D train! How cool is that?
I’ve wracked my brain to think of even a handful of games that offer a 3D board like this, not accounting for the fact it all makes an actual train! My bandits can move through the carriages or climb onto the roof and leap from car-to-car. I can’t tell you how much this really feels like I’m attempting a train heist. You’re doing all this while trying to avoid the other bandit players and Marshal Ford. Fail to avoid your adversaries and you can be shot (receive a bullet card to choke your deck), punched (drop loot), a colleague referred to this as the ‘cinematic superhero punch’ as it also moves you 1 car in either direction, or meet an untimely demise at the hands of the only truly good meeple on the train.
The Union Pacific Express is now departing…
The contents are very much in keeping with the subject and of a high quality that we’ve come to expect from an Asmodee published game. The train itself is punch-out and slot-together in extremely heavy card. This thing will stand up to years of play. That’s good as I can see me running my meeple bandits around, through and over this baby for years to come.
This game is one you have to play once. Once you do, you’ll be schemin’ and stealin’ to the end of your days. You’ve been warned.
- Detailed, 3D locomotive and train cars that you get to assemble!
- High-quality game components
- Beautifully artistic cards
- Wooden game pawns
- Number of players: 2-6
- Ages: 10+
- Time to play: 40+ minutes
- 6 Train Cars
- 1 Locomotive
- 10 Terrain elements
- 17 Round Cards
- 1 Marshal pawn (the leanest, meanest lawmeeple this side of Tucson)
- 13 Neutral bullet cards
- 6 Character cards (the nastiest group of baddies you ever wish to meet)
- 6 Bandit pawns
- 60 Action cards
- 36 Bullet cards
- Loot tokens
Release: November 2014
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