We have recently become part of the blogger board game club. Each month we will be playing and trying out some great new family board games. We love to spend time as a family especially Jack. He loves having family time. Board games are a great way to spend time together and have lots of fun. They are also a great way to ban electrical’s in our house family time means family time. That means no social media now computers or TV. Our first game up for review is Colt Express.
Colt Express is a game aged at children 10 years and upwards. Its a game based on old western ways. Its certainly a wild west game with bandits and a sheriff. There is gun slinging, theft, loot and lots of action. You can have 2-6 players per game. Its takes around 40 minutes to play a game.
The initial set up can be a bit tedious and you have to take your time and be delicate when assembling the train carriages. It took me about 30 minutes to assemble everything. Once assembled they do it nice and neatly in the box for storage which I was initially worried about.
To win the game you must become the richest bandit in the wild west. To reach this goal, you will try to get more loot than your opponents without being hit by too many bullets. The best shooter will receive the gunslinger worth $1000. Each player has 10 cards for 6 different actions (Move x2, Change Floor x 2 Shoot x 2. Punch x1, Loot x2, Marshal X1). There are 5 rounds in a game. Each round has 2 phases.
Phase 1: Schemin! – The players play their actions cards in the center of the table.
Phase 2: Stealin! – The action cards played during Phase 1 are resolved.
The game play takes a bit of getting used to and we had to refer to the instructions loads in the first few games. Once you have played a few times its good fun. Jack really enjoyed it he is only 9 but got to grips with the game pretty quickly.
This is a good family game once you get to grips with the rules and how to play. It easy to set up once you have completed the initial build. We have played this several times over the last few weeks and its one that will remain in the cupboard for future family nights.
You can buy Colt express from Argos and other toy shops and also Amazon.