Cryptozoic Announces Release of Train Heist

By Shahriar Fouladi

Cryptozoic Announces Release of Train Heist

Cooperative Board Game Allows 2-4 Players to Rob Trains and Battle the Sheriff in the Old West

Lake Forest, CA – July 14, 2017 Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, in partnership with Tower Guard Games, today announced the July 26 release of Train Heist. In this cooperative board game, 2-4 players become cowboys in the Old West who must work together to stop the corrupt Sheriff and the rich folks of Notting County from stealing all of the townspeople’s earnings.

Train Heist box

Creator Sean McDonald ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for the game in 2015 that earned double its initial funding goal, numerous positive reviews, and a place on BoardGameGeek’s “Hotness” list for most of that year. Subsequently, Cryptozoic agreed to publish Train Heist in an effort to bring the game to a wider audience, working with McDonald to refine gameplay.

“I'm incredibly excited to be working with Cryptozoic on the wide release of Train Heist,” said Sean McDonald, creator of the game and founder of Tower Guard Games. “I am looking forward to seeing it on store shelves and in many board game collections!”

Train Heist features wooden cowboy miniature figures, which can be used to move across the map, ride one of the two horse miniatures, and hop aboard the moving train, represented by five miniature train cars that travel between the towns on the map. After entering the train, the players move their figures to the top part of the game board, which provides a view of the inside of the train. Players then move their cowboys from car to car and loot the wealthy passengers—with certain poker hands allowing players to steal certain loot—all while evading the ever-watchful Sheriff.

Making the game even more complex are Event Cards, which can cause the train suddenly to speed up or switch tracks. Other features on the map are Crackpot Canyon, natives, and a tunnel, which will knock a cowboy off if he is on the roof of the train or help a cowboy escape the Sheriff if they are both inside the train. Plus, there’s a deck of Wanted Cards that give players colorful nicknames and special abilities if they perform impressive feats that bring them renown.

Players win if they acquire enough loot for the Train Heist Goal Marker to reach the goal set at the beginning of the game. Players lose if the train stops at a town without loot too many times, causing the Hangman Marker to reach the noose.

Train Heist will be available at retailers nationwide on July 26 for $45. Sean McDonald’s first-hand account of the creation of the game can be found on the Cryptozoic Blog.


Product Details:

  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • Ages: 12+
  • Playtime: 45-60 minutes
  • Contents Summary:
    • 1 Quad-fold Board
    • 35 Poker Cards
    • 21 Event Cards
    • 9 Wanted Cards
    • 21 Loot TilesTrain Heist game pieces
    • 1 Drawstring Loot Sack
    • 5 Train Car Minis
    • 4 Cowboy Minis
    • 2 Horse Minis
    • 1 Sheriff Mini
    • 3 Cherokee Tokens
    • 3 Bullet Tokens
    • 2 Railroad Switch Tokens
    • 2 Magnetic Arrows
    • 1 Hangman Marker
    • 1 Goal Marker
    • 40 Loot Counters
    • Rulebook


For more information, check out the Train Heist product page or part 1 or part 2 of the blog series

About Cryptozoic
Since 2010, Cryptozoic Entertainment has been dedicated to the concept of “Fans First,” striving to develop the most creative and sought-after products for pop culture enthusiasts worldwide. As an entertainment company with a diverse portfolio of licensed and original IPs, its catalog covers a broad spectrum of tabletop games and collectibles. The passionate team at Cryptozoic aims to inspire gamers and collectors all around the globe, while bringing fans together as part of the Cryptozoic community. Visit for more information about product releases, events, and news.


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Shahriar's picture Shahriar Fouladi

Shahriar has been working as a writer and editor for Cryptozoic since 2014. When not berating people about incorrect usage of commas, he enjoys staring at walls, eating fruit, and telling toddlers he's taller than them. He also likes superheroes, comic books, TV shows, and Alfred Hitchcock movies. In his free time, you can usually find him hanging out with his wife Laura, enacting some sort of mischief together.