great western trail review

Great Western Trail Board Game Review


Game: Great Western Trail

BGG Weight: 3.70 / 5

Year Published: 2016

Publisher: Eggertspiele, Stronghold Games

Designer: Alexander Pfister

Number of Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 75-150 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Western, Strategy, Deck Building

Board Game Mechanics: Deck, Bag, and Pool Building, Hand Management, Ownership, Set Collection, Track Movement, Variable Set-up



Strategy: 9.0

Complexity: 7.5

Player Interaction: 8.5

Replayability: 9.5

Game Rating: 9.0

Cost: 6.5



Weight Rating = (7.5 + 9.0) = 16.5

Playability Rating = [(9.5 + 8.5 + 9.0) – 7.5] = 19.5

Play Rating Score = (16.5 + 19.5) x 2 = 72

Value Rating = 72 / 6.5 = 11.08


Final Score Rating = 72 + 11.08 = 83.08



Great Western Trail is a highly strategic game that challenges players to navigate the western frontier, build a successful cattle ranch, and deliver herds of cattle to Kansas City. Players must manage their deck of cards and use them wisely to move their cowboys along the trail, hire workers, build buildings, and collect valuable assets to improve their ranch. The game has multiple paths to victory and each decision made by the players can have a significant impact on the outcome of the game. The game also has a high replayability value as there are many different strategies that can be employed in order to win.

Great Western Trail does not offer solo or cooperative play.


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