Hidden Gems - Colt Super Express

Hey everyone, in this week’s Hidden Gem we have a ton of fun crammed into a small box with Colt Super Express, the 3-7 player programming game by designers Cédric Lefebvre and Christophe Raimbault. There seems to be a number of western themed games hitting the market lately, which I’m not upset about as I’ve always enjoyed that setting in popular culture. But does Colt Super Express bring something new to the table? Let’s take a look!

The original Colt Express is a programming game in which you play bandits robbing a train, a classic trope in any good western. While Colt Express captured people’s attention with its 3D train and flashy components, some players found it a little cumbersome to set up and play.  Enter Colt Super Express, a small box version that eliminates much of the fiddliness of its predecessor and replaces the cardboard train with a set of cards representing the individual carriages and slims down the rules somewhat. The result is a streamlined ride as direct and purposeful as the rails beneath the train. The core elements are still present, in fact the characters are the same personalities from Colt Express, only this time around the programming element is faster and more forgiving.  

For those not familiar with programming mechanics in board games, this is when players decide on a set series of actions to be executed in a specific order on their turn, normally using a set of cards.  Typically, all players do this at the same time, the cards are then revealed and players cross their fingers, hoping their decision to move, then shoot, then change direction is not going to be messed up by another player choosing to shoot, move up a level, then move for example.

In Colt Super Express, this programming mechanic is distilled down to 4-6 simple cards, depending on whether players decide to use the two optional cards. Any bandit who is shot is moved one carriage away from their attacker.  At the end of each round the last carriage of the train is detached and removed from the game, and with it, any bandit who happened to be in the carriage at the time.  The winner is the last bandit standing at the end of the game. Simple, glorious, frontier fun!

For many, this version of Colt Express is the preferred one as the commitment of time and energy to set up is drastically reduced, resulting in more of both for actual play time.  If you’re looking for a great little time filler to take along to a game night, then look no further. Colt Super Express is quick on the draw and as much fun as night at the saloon! Yeah I know, I mangled the cowboy metaphors there, I'm running out! Yee haa!!

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