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Galaxy Trucker Two Player Review

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Want to rush around building the perfect spaceship only to watch it get destroyed by meteors, pirates, and who knows what else? No, us neither but you’ll be surprised at how much fun you can have watching your ship get ripped in half during a game of Galaxy Trucker.

Galaxy Trucker Game Review

6 out of 10
Galaxy Trucker Two Player Board Game Review A Pair of Meeples

Is it Good For Two Players? : Still good but better with more

Galaxy Trucker is one of the most unique board games on our shelf and one that you would think would be quite frustrating to play.  When you get over the initial hurdle of watching your work get destroyed and embrace this concept it becomes one of the most fun.

This game has quite a few weaknesses but all the negatives sort of fade away as you race to complete your ship and then ultimately watch it get demolished on its journey through space. The destruction and chaos are what makes Galaxy Trucker a truly fun game, and this is the reason it will always have a place on our shelf. 

Theme: 7/10
Replayability: 7/10
Components: 6/10
Conflict: 3/10
Fun: 7/10

Husband’s Rating
7 out of 10
Wife’s Rating
5 out of 10

Pros

Very unique

Actually fun to play

Implements real-time mechanics well

Cons

Rules are fairly complicated and hard to learn and remember

A little difficult to get to the table due to a fair amount of setup

A little long for what it is

Luck of the draw can make some rounds or even entire games feel a little lackluster

Gameplay Experience:

Galaxy Trucker Board Game Review

Galaxy Trucker is one of the more unique board games in our collection and one that I was so hesitant to get on appearances alone.  People always say though, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and that’s definitely true for this board game.

Just recently though a new version of the game has come out with updated art, components and a few other things so Galaxy Trucker isn’t really lacking in the looks department anymore.

Once we finally took a chance on this game though we got it to the table right away and were quite overwhelmed with it.  There are so many pieces, and it has one of the messiest table presences ever.  Not to mention the rule book is pretty large, but is written in a way where players can just jump right into the game, and that’s just what we did.

We started constructing our round 1 ships, piece by piece until one of us was done and flipped over the timer, giving the other only a limited amount of time left to finish their ship.  For our first play, our ships were something else, and by that, we mean very very ugly.

Galaxy Trucker Round 1 Ship

There were exposed connections, cannons pointing at pieces of our ships, and engines blocked by other pieces.  They were wrong and terrible and normally, these mistakes would all be removed entirely, but since this was our first time we let them slide and made the repairs and changes to ensure our ships followed the rules.

Even this extra assistance didn’t help though, they were still terribly designed, and as we made our first trek through space, collecting goods, exploring space stations, and encountering pirates and meteor swarms we quickly saw how ill prepared we were.  

Our ships were getting destroyed, losing piece after piece and sometimes entire chunks.  By the end of the journey, we luckily had made it but our ships were mere fragments of what they began as and both of us had barely made any cash in our endeavors.

At that point, we both were wondering why this game seemed to have so many fans as it appeared to just be a catalyst for pure frustration as you have to sit there and watch what you built and designed get completely obliterated.

We trudged on though, making our way through rounds two and three of Galaxy Trucker, where we were building bigger and ultimately even more poorly designed ships.  With these going on longer and more “eventful” journeys across space.

Surprisingly, by the end, we were having an absolute blast watching these terrible things happen to our ships.  Once you accept that the chaos and destruction are sort of the point of this unique board game you realize how great and fun it is.  

Galaxy Trucker provides a very unique gaming experience and its premise should be rather frustrating but it turns out to be quite the opposite once you embrace it for what it is.

Galaxy Trucker Rules Summary:

In Galaxy Trucker players will be building ships according to a set of rules they must follow.  They will then take these ships across space to collect goods and deliver them and look for other opportunities for financial gain all while avoiding or mitigating dangers along the way.

The game is played over three rounds with each round allowing players to build larger and potentially better ships for longer trips across space.  The player with the most money at the end of the game is the winner.

First, each player will take a round 1 board and place their respective color cabin in its designated spot.  These boards depict the shape and size of the ship a player can build for that round.

Galaxy Trucker Ship Boards

Next three decks of round appropriate event cards are created and placed face down near the flight board.  A fourth pile is created and set to the side. These cards will be the events that players encounter on their journey.  Players can look at the initial three piles, one at a time, sacrificing time to build their ship.  

Galaxy Trucker Flight Board

Once the event cards are placed, and all the ship pieces are placed face down on the table the bravest player flips the timer initially and players can begin grabbing pieces one at a time to build their ship.  

Pieces must connect in a certain way, but all the rules make logical sense.  You can’t have cannons pointing at your pieces or engines pointing forward and you can’t have things connected to nothing.  

Shields and canons can sometimes protect you from the dangers of space, cabins increase your crew size, cargo holds allow you to collect more resources, and engines, of course, make you go faster.

Galaxy Trucker Ship Components

Once a player decides their ship is complete they take the 1st position marker and flip the timer a final time.  The other players have until the timer runs out to complete their ships.  The order players finish in is the “flight order” they will start the round in.  Order is important for certain events that provide a first come first serve reward.

When all players have finished their ships, they are checked for errors.  Any errors must be removed (including any attached sections) and placed in the lost piece box on the board.  These will cost players money at the end of the round.

After all errors have been checked, players place their ship markers on the flight track in their correct position and they’re ready to start the journey.  The player in the lead will shuffle the four piles of event cards together and draw the first one.  

These cards can be meteor swarms that all players have to endure, planets where they can collect resources, pirate attacks if their ship isn’t strong enough to defend, or open spaces where players race to try to gain the lead.

Galaxy Trucker Event Cards

After all the cards have been drawn players get to cash in on their endeavors.  They gain money for the position they came in, the goods they can deliver, and a bonus if they have the best-looking ship.  A cost still has to be paid for any pieces of the ship they lost along the way though.

Sometimes a player may give up halfway through a round due to having no crew, no engines, or voluntarily.  If this happens, that player misses out on position payouts or bonuses, but they can sell their goods for half value at the end of the round.

Rounds two and three play just like the first but with larger ship boards and a combination of their own round event and previous round cards creating longer and more eventful journeys through space.

Galaxy Trucker is a game with a lot of minor rules and details but that’s a very basic overview of how to play. 

Conclusion:

Galaxy Trucker is one of the most unique board games on our shelf and one that you would think would be quite frustrating to play.  When you get over the initial hurdle of watching your work get destroyed and embrace this concept it becomes one of the most fun.

It’s very impressive that this game was able to accomplish such a feat.  The first few hits to your “perfect” ship still bring that tingle of frustration but after a certain point in the game, something switches.  So drastically that even when a large meteor cuts your ship entirely in half all you can do is laugh as you put the wreckage into your penalty pile.

Galaxy Trucker isn’t without its weakness though, it actually has quite a significant number of them.  It’s pretty hard to get to the table due to the number of pieces, the rules are quite heavy with many minor details that are hard to remember and it’s a little long for what it is, and it’s fiddly and quite messy.

(A note about the rule book: it is great for learning the game as it has a sort of tutorial for new players, but it is terrible for referencing because this causes the information to be split up widely across it so we recommend downloading some shorter reference sheets.)

And yet, all of that doesn’t really matter that much once you get into a game of Galaxy Trucker.  All the negatives sort of fade away as you race to complete your ship and then ultimately watch it get demolished on its journey through space. The destruction and chaos are what makes Galaxy Trucker a truly fun game.

This game isn’t for everyone though, some people will be able really enjoy its destructive and somewhat stressful nature while others, such as my wife don’t have a lot of fun with real-time games and watching their hard work get messed up. She’s up for a game every once in a while since it’s so unique and different, but it’s definitely not her favorite.

So, take into consideration you and your gaming partners’ tastes when deciding if Galaxy Trucker is a game for you.

Is The Night Hunter Good For 2 Players?

With Galaxy Trucker, this is a pretty difficult question.  The game is still great with two players but it’s a much different game and we don’t think it’s the best player count for the game.  Playing with two accentuates some of its weaknesses and introduces a few new ones.

First is the setup, like we said earlier this game takes quite a bit of work with how many pieces there are.  When you have more players flipping the numerous tiles doesn’t seem as big of a deal.  We know this is pretty nitpicky but it is accurate. 

On to the more important points.  When you play Galaxy Trucker with only two players the large number of tiles creates another more significant problem.  The competition for tiles is less and players will be able to create better and more sound ships.

This may sound like a good thing at first but trust us it’s not.  This means players are more likely to make it through the round unscathed.  This is good for scores, but in our opinion it takes away from the essence of the game, making it less fun and quite boring.  This doesn’t always happen but it is more likely in a two player game.  

This negative can be reduced if players are willing to try and construct their ships as fast as possible, and are strict with error penalties, but more experienced players will likely need to implement hard time restrictions to get back to the perfectly imperfect ships that are created in higher player count games.

Other things can also be quite toned down in a two player game too, such as the race for flight position.  Players will usually maintain their position and there’s not much point to try and change it, thus the open space (race event) cards are fairly uneventful and boring.  

These things don’t necessarily make it not worth playing at this player count, it’s just not as fun as playing with more players in our opinion.  Watching the chaos unfold with more players will always be better, but with the implementation of adjustments for building time constraints playing Galaxy Trucker with two players can still be a great time.

Pros:

  • Very unique, the ship-building aspect feels almost like a digital game as opposed to a board game
  • Actually fun to play, watching your and your opponents’ work get destroyed as you travel through space is quite enjoyable and often humorous.

Cons:

  • Rules are fairly complicated and hard to remember and the poorly designed rulebook makes these matters worse.
  • A little difficult to get to the table due to a fair amount of setup
  • A little long for what it is.  This type of chaotic, destructive, and fun game is much more suited to a shorter playtime in our opinion.
  • Luck of the draw can make some rounds or even games feel a little lackluster or even boring.

Czech Games Edition Galaxy Trucker 2nd Edition
Czech Games Edition Galaxy Trucker 2nd Edition
Czech Games Edition Galaxy Trucker 2nd Edition

We hope this Galaxy Trucker two player review has helped you.

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Galaxy Trucker 2nd Edition

Czech Games released a new second edition of Galaxy Trucker in 2021.  This game is pretty similar to the first edition so this review is still very applicable.  This is the version of the game you’ll be able to get your hands on easily.

Galaxy Trucker’s second edition has updated art, components, and rules. The art in the new version matches the chaotic and fun gameplay a lot better in our opinion and does have some minor improvements over the original edition while still keeping true to the game. It is a slightly more simplified version of the game that can be shorter to play but also has some included modifications to up the gameplay a bit if you so wish.  


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