Players 1
Length 15-30 minutes
Equipment Required single standard piecepack
Designer Matt Worden
Version 1.3
Version Date 2003-10
License Custom License: Game rules can be freely distributed. Author retains copyright.


Deliver all your items as part of the Galaxy Express courier service.

Photo of game in progress courtesy of Kazunori Iriya


Reviews & Comments

Joint runner-up in the SolitaryConfinement contest.

The rules summarise it well: "Galaxy Express is a solitaire game for the piecepack about delivering shipments between planets in the distant future. It is a game of strategic planning and clever movement. Carefully move your starship to each of the planets, in the proper order, while refuelling as little as possible."

The planets are coins and the starship is a pawn. The universe is an 8×6 board, formed from 12 piecepack tiles. Starships can move from one edge of the board to the opposite, rather like the 1970s video game, Asteroids.

I had to think a lot, and managed to complete the game and get 115 points on my first attempt. According to the rules this is a good score. I think I was helped by lucky initial placement, which meant that all the planets had at least one shared axis with another planet.

I enjoyed Galaxy Express a lot; in fact it resurrected my dire evening. What I particularly enjoyed was the wraparound board. This reminds me of the Toric Scrabble variant, in New Rules for Classic Games. The name and concept come from the Toroidal Universe theory.

(./) (./)

If you like GalaxyExpress, try FroggyBottom.

--IainCheyne at inconsequential ruminations.

Galaxy Express is probably the one game from the SolitaryConfinement contest that I have played most often since the contest ended. It's a wee bit fiddly in the setup, but the play is quick and tense, especially when the fuel starts running low. Recommended! (./) (./) (./) -- ClarkRodeffer

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