Colt Express – Review

Colt Express is a Bandit Train game for 2-6 players aged 10+ RRP £27.99. This game is an award-winning board/card game with a bit of a difference. We have tried other games from Esdevium and were looking forward to something new.

The box contains, 6 playing pieces and 6 sets of action cards. Marshal, Locomotive, 6 cartridges, 13 bullet cards, 17 story cards, 18 purses, 6 jewels, 2 strong boxes. Also assembly instructions game rules and 6 player profiles.

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Colt Express sounded just the sort of game that my family would enjoy so I was interested to see what they would think to this different style of board game. The box looks fairly traditional but once you open it you will find that unlike other games it has no board. Instead you have to build the Colt Express train which will act as the playing platform for your pieces. There are 6 carriages, the Locomotive, as well as money, jems and even a few scene setting cacti. When you first set up this game it is worth noting that it will take some time and care freeing the pieces, to build the train cars. We found that if you tried to rush this process there was some damage to the playing pieces. The card is of very good quality, but it was almost impossible to avoid a few tears in the pieces. Assembly instructions are included and this took about half and hour to complete.

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Once you have built the Colt Express Train it is worth having a good read through of the game rules. We decided to have a play through to get a feel for how the game worked and did find that the rules are quite complex. Once you have played a few times the rules become clearer and we found after two games we had worked out where we were going wrong. The basic idea of the game is to move your bandit playing piece around the carriages of the train using action cards, collecting as much money as you can. There is extra bounty to be earn’t for being sharpest shooter, and robbing the Marshal.

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You start the game buy choosing your bandit, each has a special power that comes into play when you get into the second part the “stealin’ phase” of the game. You set out the locomotive with the marshal and one of the strong boxes. You then need to add a carriage for each player. Each player has a set of 10 action cards, six bullet cards and a purse of $250 to start. Shuffle the 7 round cards and choose 4 to start your story as well as one end story card. Set up the train with the number of loot tokens indicated on each of the carriage floors. Choose a starting player and this person puts their bandit in the last carriage. Even numbered players go in the next carriage along, and odd numbers in the back. Now you are all set to start the first phase, the Schemin’.

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Colt Express game play has two phases, Schemin’ and Stealin’ In phase one  you take it turn to lay action cards following the descriptions on the round cards. This is quite tricky to work out the first few times you play. There are additional rules, and this is the part where you have to concentrate on where you opponents end up!  Once all the cards are placed it is time for player one to read through the story in the “Stealin” phase. This is the fun part, as if you have “Schemed” correctly then you will be collecting the loot. Get it wrong and there is plenty of shooting into thin air! There are added events on some of the story cards meaning you need to think about where your bandit ends up at the end of a story too. At the end of the 5 parts to the story the Bandit with the most Loot, including shooting bonuses is declared the winner. In our case this was most often the boy, but I have managed to win back one game.

This is only a brief explanation of the game rules as there are additional play rules for experts, 2 player games and games with more players. Once we had mastered the basic play Colt Express has been a great way to spend a wet cold evening. It is a game that the boy feels he has no disadvantage with his age, with both an element of luck and mastery needed. The added special abilities of the bandits mean you tend to find a favorite player and stick to them. We had fun banning dad from his favorite player Ghost, or playing with players we hadn’t tried before. Colt Express is best played in a group of 3 or more and I can imagine is great fun in a bigger group, the age recommendation is about right as you need to have a good understanding of the complex rules and cause and effect each action card has on a player. There have been plenty of laughs as well with Colt Express as sometimes you have no option but to shoot or punch nothing, or even better being shot by the marshal and not ending up on the part of the train you thought. We even managed to persuade Granny to give it a try, and despite not really understanding fully what was happening, she said she could see it was good fun and something a bit different.

I have the chance of one of you to win this great family game, so if you think you would like to win Colt Express for your family then enter with my gleam app below.

Colt Express

Colt Express is already winning awards, and we can agree it is a great fun family game. Esdevium distribute this game in the uk, and you can find out more by visiting their Facebook and twitter pages. Colt Express is available to buy now from Waterstones, or Amazon. Have a look at my Amazon affiliate link below

 

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Hotel Tycoon – Review

Hotel Tycoon is a great new board game from Esdevium Games for 2 to 4 players aged 8+ and RRP £24.99.

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There are two  parts to Hotel Tycoon which make it slightly different to the normal game. The first is the buildings. On first unpacking the game you will have to become a paper engineer and assemble all the different hotel complexes before you start play. The boy and I were looking forward to this part, and although some, were tricky, the task was soon complete and a trial game was set up.

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  • The contents of Hotel Tycoon include: Game board, 30 buildings with 8 gardens, 8 title deeds, 30 entrances, 4 airplane playing pieces, 2 dice, rules, money and initial set up sheet.

At first glance Hotel Tycoon looked like it was going to be difficult to learn, the aim is simple to bankrupt all the other players. The winner is the one left at the end of the game with all the money. We decided like other games we test a trail no winner game was needed to get used to the rules. We chose our coloured planes and set off.

hotel tycoon game

Each player starts with $12,000 of a mixture of notes, and play is with one number dice. Much like most board games six gives an extra go, with each roll entitling you to land and action the square you land on. The first space you need to land on is a buying space, and this will entitle you to buy the land and title-deed. The next space you need is planning permission this will help you to build your hotel complex. Here the second dice comes into play with a green yes, red no, free hotel and double cost sides. The build for free space are exactly that, and also the free entrance space. There are two extra action areas on the board one where you pass and collect $2,000 handy if you are running out of cash. Passing the control tower allows you to buy an entrance.

hotel Tycoon

I know this all sounds very complicated, but we found as we went through our trial game the rules were fairly simple to pick up. The only one question which the rule book didn’t answer was how many doorsteps each hotel complex could have? A quick look at the box and we realised you can have as many as there are free squares. The boy soon picked up the idea of the game, getting as much money off the other players and set about building on the most expensive site on the board, Uptown Towers.

As soon as you have started to build on your site, and you have an entrance you can start collecting rent. This was the boys favourite part, and he was soon commanding hefty fines off me for all his buildings. As play progresses the Hotel Tycoon starts to look very impressive with all the high-rise buildings. We enjoyed our test game and couldn’t wait for Dad to get home to try Hotel Tycoon out on him.

hotel tycoon board

Hotel Tycoon is a great family game, with skill and amount of luck needed to become a winner. The boy already has favourite property’s and loves the high-rise towers. Playing with 3 players was a much shorter and enjoyable game, once we had eliminated Dad then the game had to be declared a draw as both the boy and I had an even mix of properties and the money was just being swapped across the table.

We love Hotel Tycoon, teaching the boy that sometimes you have to think before you take your move or buy in case you are going to land somewhere expensive. Counting and calculating change was another great lesson, not that we usually deal in 1,000’s of pounds in pocket-money! Hotel Tycoon is already set for great things winning an Independent toy shop award, and we think it is well deserved as it will be a game we play lots this Christmas.

Hotel Tycoon is available in shops online, or from Argos now, for more information visit the website or Facebook page.

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Hotel Tycoon

 

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  • It is mandatory to leave a comment in the post comment section answering the question specified. You are also required to like the Hotel Tycoon Facebook Page. Other tasks completed will gain additional entries. The winner will be checked to make sure they have both left a comment and completed the task for the winning entry.
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  • The winner will be sent an  e-mail to the e-mail address left at time of entry. The winner will need to reply to the e-mail within 7 days of the notification. Every effort will be made to contact the winner, but if no response is made within the 7 days a new winner will be chosen.
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Disclaimer, we were sent a copy of Hotel Tycoon to review and keep the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.