Mini Express is a strategic board game for 1 to 5 players in which you and other wealthy capitalists manage four railroad companies. There are only two actions in this game: Build Tracks and Buy Shares.
Yet these simple mechanics will lead to intriguing decisions between players throughout each game. It’s easy to learn, but still provides an engaging and fulfilling train game experience.
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Mini Express is a Cube Rail board game that takes an abstract approach to railway building, eliminating track junction tiles and uses simpler rules for track laying. Mini Express takes this a step further by doing away with money, making accounting easier for the game and freeing up players’ minds to focus on the fun part of building railway tracks.
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Mini Express Base Game
Mini Express is the second game in the Mark Gerrits train series. In Mini Express, Mark Gerrits once again explores the design space of cube rail train games.
Once again, players take only one of two choices on their turn: build tracks or buy shares. Mini Express not only continues the minimalist spirit of Mini Rails but also brings players a richer gaming experience through clever map design and strong player interaction.
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In the UK map, players can construct the London Underground, gaining both influence and trains. In addition, ferries are scattered around the island, allowing players to suddenly jump from one end of the map to another, or possibly even connect to another country for multiple wild influence. However, halfway through the game, gameplay becomes explosive as the train companies can build longer and faster routes!
In the Taiwan map, players work with the Japanese government (the white train company) to tunnel through mountains and create new, wild starting hexes around the map! However, with each interaction with Japan, the players are faced with more and more difficult challenges. Collaboration offers powerful rewards but comes with the risk of serious consequences.
The Japanese National Railways was privatized and broken into 6 regional passenger railway companies in 1987. In the Japan map, players try to build new lines connecting the 6 newly formed Japan Railways (JR) companies. With a bold expansive map that covers all of Japan from Okinawa to Hokkaido, players can build ferries, bridges, and underwater tunnels to connect the 4 main islands of Japan.
Experience the Spanish railway’s incredible transformation from 1975 to the present day! This map recreates the journey from the last steam locomotive to the AVE, the longest High Speed Rail network in Europe. Collect demand tiles to trade for bonuses, and experience the excitement of the transition from regional trains to the AVE.