Mississippi Queen*

Mississippi Queen is a charming, family-friendly board game that has players steering their paddleboats down the iconic Mississippi River. The goal is simple: race to the finish line while navigating the river's unpredictable twists and turns, and picking up passengers along the way. However, the challenge comes from managing your limited coal supplies, crucial for fueling your boat's movements and strategic maneuvers.

Gameplay Overview

  • River Exploration: The course of the Mississippi is unknown at game start, revealing itself as players advance, adding an element of exploration and surprise.
  • Resource Management: Players must judiciously use their limited coal to accelerate or decelerate their paddleboat, making each decision critical for victory.
  • Passenger Pickup: Along the journey, players need to stop at docks to pick up passengers, adding another layer of planning and strategy to the race.

Key Features

  • Family-Friendly: With straightforward rules and engaging gameplay, it's suitable for gamers of all ages, making it a perfect addition to family game night.
  • Strategic Depth: Despite its light-hearted nature, the game requires thoughtful strategy and foresight, especially in managing coal resources and navigating the river.
  • Expandable: The game experience can be enhanced with the expansion Mississippi Queen: The Black Rose, adding new elements and challenges to the base game.


Mississippi Queen offers an entertaining blend of strategy, exploration, and resource management, all set against the backdrop of the historic Mississippi River. Its easy-to-learn mechanics make it accessible to new gamers, while still offering enough depth to keep seasoned players engaged. Whether you're looking for a light competitive game for the family or a strategic race with friends, Mississippi Queen delivers a delightful experience that's sure to be a hit on any game night.

Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1997

  • 3 - 5 Players
  • 45 Minutes
  • 10+ years old
  • Easy to learn

We like Mississippi Queen so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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