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Galaxy Trucker

Players 2 to 4 (5 with expansion)
Age range 10 years and up
Playing time 60 minutes

Galaxy Trucker is a science-fiction board game for two to four players. The game was developed by Vlaada Chvatil, with graphics designed by Radim Pech. The Czech version of the game was released in 2007 by Czech Games Edition, and a German version was published in the same year by Heidelberger Spieleverlag.

Vlaada Chvatil developed a video game version in 2014. It was released on 7 October 2014 for iPad, on 24 December 2014 for iPhone and Android and on 14 April 2015 for Windows Phone.

Game Description

Corporation Incorporated is a construction firm that builds sewer systems and low-income houses on under-developed planets. Galaxy Corp Inc. has been on the verge of bankruptcy which has resulted in the company transporting building materials to the edge of the Galaxy, where the need for their services is highest. Corporation Incorporated was saved by a few individuals who decided to not ship the materials to the edge of Galaxy and instead build the materials into spacecraft and let them ship themselves. The players now just sign a contract, and then gain access to Corp Inc. Warehouse. The player can build their own space ship from the available prefabricated materials and fly it to the Periphery (edge of the Galaxy). The player may lose money, but any gains made are theirs to keep, and Corporation Incorporated will pay a bonus for quick delivery. It’s possible that the player will end up with an immense amount of debt and end up begging for money on the street or they may just might find themselves among the 10 billion richest people in the Galaxy.

Gameplay

Game is played in three (or up to four with expansions) rounds with later rounds having bigger ships but more difficult travel. Each round consists of three phases: building, space travel, settlement. Before every round, four decks of card are prepared (3 public and 1 secret) and Evil machinations cards from expansion could be added.

Building phase

Main phase of the game where players will construct their ship. In the beginning, all tiles are face down and all players are picking and building simultaneously. Hourglasses keep players under time pressure as faster building players can limit time available. A player who builds at least one tile can pick a public deck to check the dangers ahead.

Flight

All decks are shuffled together and played one by one by the leading player. Cards contains both positive and negative effects: meteor showers, planets with goods, battlezones, slavers, pirates... that can bring money and goods or remove pieces of ship (that must be repaid) or even force a player to return home.

Settlement

After flight, players receive bonuses for fastest delivery or the nicest ship and can sell goods. Also they have to settle payments for lost tiles.

The Big Expansion (2008)

This expansion adds new features:

Another Big Expansion (2012)

Latest Models (2013)

Small expansion based on new ship designs.

Video game (2014)

The version for iPad was released in October 2014, with releases for iPhone and Android following in December 2014 and for Windows Phone in April 2015. It features a bit changed gameplay and a basic Plot.

Gameplay

The Game features two Phases - the Ship building and Space Travel. The Player builds Ship from junk to get ready for trip as best as he can. Unlike the board game, Players are building the ship in realtime but there is possibility to choose turn-based mode similar to the original game. The second phase is the trip. Player has to gain highest score by getting to the destination before his rivals or by getting more valuable goods. It is possible to play Single-player or Multi-player. The game also features a story campaign.

Reception

The game has received very positive reviews. It currently holds 87% on Metacritic and gained some Awards including the best Czech video game of the year by Games.cz and Readers Choice by Board Game Geek.

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