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- Take to the high seas in search of plunder and fame
- For 3-5 players
- Takes 60-90 minutes to play
- Great game for the family
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Pirate's Cove is a game by Days of Wonder, a company that also makes Ticket to Ride (a very fun game). Pirate's Cove appears complex at first glance but actually is not. The basic idea is to try to get the most Fame points (e.g. be the most famous pirate) by balancing upgrading your ship, choosing the best moves to make and avoiding confrontation with other players. Players act together, so while there are different steps in a round, there are no "turns" per se. The game is quick, about 60 minutes with a full house of 5, and moves quickly as well (unlike, say, Risk). It is fun for all ages but probably too complex for those under 10.
The Longer Version
Each player (pirate) in this game has a ship consisting of four areas: Sails, Crew, Cannons and Hull. Sails affect who goes first in a fight (more later on this), crew and cannon determine how potent you are in a fight and hull affects how much treasure you can carry. Players travel to different "islands" on the board, fight any other players who also went to that island and then plunder whatever that island has to offer.
Each turn starts with players choosing, in secret, the island they are going to. Then everyone reveals their island choice at once using an included island-choosing cut-out. Any combat between players is resolved by playing combat cards (that have temporary effects) and the winning player reaps the benefits of that island. The benefits of each island vary and are determined by flipping over island cards (which you can see before you choose your island, thus influencing your choice).Read more ›
Unfortunately, the game relies heavily on only one player surviving constant skirmishes. Our family enjoys competitive game play (out-witting each other), but Pirate’s Cove forces battles until all but one player either flees or is crippled. We even attempted to predict where each other would move their ship (based on what parts of their ship needed to be upgraded) in order to avoid conflict, but it simply was inevitable.
It should have been fun, but everyone simply became frustrated at constantly having to attempt to fix crippled ships, spending time at “Pirate’s Cove”, and gaining very little benefit. Invariably, 1 or 2 players would always end up at the raw end of the deal and constantly had to flee battle (which earns you nothing and possibly a mutiny!). We all wanted to enjoy it, but simply couldn’t bring ourselves to constantly attempt to destroy each other.
We tend to play games of strategy that rely on you outwitting your opponent rather than outright taking them out (our favorite is Railroad Tycoon the board game). We have played Robo Rally a lot, but the rare conflict between players is usually more due to one’s own mechanations than to anything systemic to the rules of the game.
I’m not saying this is a bad game (far from it!). Just be aware of your audience and what types of games you like to play.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun idea, but we never play it. We bought this because we are a board game family. This one didn't work for littler kids--too hard. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan G
It's still a heavily strategy oriented game, but a nice change of pace from Settlers and others. Takes a time or two to 'get it' all, but you can have fun on the first time.Published 2 months ago by Seth
Love this game. Rules are a bit lengthy, but once down is quite fun even for my parents who are retired now.Published 2 months ago by MtJungle
There are so many pirate games out there that aren't very piratey in gameplay, they are just regular games with a thin veneer of pirateyness applied over it ... Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. S. Ferguson
Brian Z.'s review is spot on. Read his review for a full game description, but I will say how this is very similar to "Merchants and Marauders," but simplified. Read morePublished 5 months ago by An Orphan Girl Scout
A fun family game where you secretly set sail for an island to plunder it. If another player chooses the same island you get to battle it out for the plunder. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Graham Campbell
Super fun for groups as it is easy to learn and every game is sure to have exciting ups and downs.Published 6 months ago by David Gonsalves