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- For 2-4 players
- Takes about an hour to play
- Treasure hunt theme
- Lots of replay value
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Explore a new kind of treasure island with Tobago from Rio Grande Games. Chests full of gold are buried in the jungle. Rumors of their location vary from a hut near the islands largest mountain to a spot where the roar of an untamed river can be heard. The beautifully illustrated game board and top-quality game pieces enhance the allure and mystery of this inventive and exhilarating game. Each player contributes valuable clues which determine where the treasures are located. The excitement mounts as the adventurers strive to be the first to arrive at the treasure sites. The 3-piece game board with its innovative design can be set up with 32 different scenarios, each providing fun and a new challenge.
From the Manufacturer
This is where the adventure begins. Chests full of gold are buried in the jungle rumors have it that one of them is hidden next to a hut near the island's largest mountain. Another is hidden where the roar of an untamed river can be heard, it is said. Through the fronds of a palm tree, the proud gaze of a mysteriously scrunching statue casts its spell on the unwary treasure hunter. Welcome to Tobago. The attractive, top-quality game pieces on the lovingly illustrated game board give the impression of a true mysterious treasure island. Each player contributes valuable clues, which determine where the treasures are located. The excitement mounts as the adventurers strive to be the first to arrive at the treasure sites. The 3-piece game board with its innovative design can be set up with 32 different scenarios, each providing fun and a new challenge.
Top Customer Reviews
I ordered the German version from M+L, as the US version from Rio Grande is out of print and no longer available for the foreseeable future. While the game is language independent, the German version still ships with an English language rulebook, as well as quick reference card. (French and German also included) The components are absolutely top notch as well. All components are wood and pre-painted, except for the Idols, which maybe a resin, but have the look, texture and most surprisingly, the weight of actual stone. VERY pleased with the component quality.
If you were on the fence about adding this one to your collection, don't be. Very happy with my purchase from M+L and it arrived to MA, USA from Germany in exactly 7 days.
A friend said she'd played this game at a family gathering and thought it was fun. Intrigued by the description I ended up ordering it. Well, I think it's pretty fabulous, and it's been played quite a bit since. It's about the perfect "weight" for me and my gaming friends. I'd characterize it as medium weight, or even on the "light" side of medium weight, and plays in a reasonable amount of time, about an hour. Components are great, plastic tikis, palm trees and huts, and wooden player pieces which are little land-rovers. There are cubes too, but these are used mainly to help to mark where the treasure "might" be in order to make it easier to keep track of potential treasure locations for the different maps as the treasure maps hone in on each treasure's ultimate location.
The game takes place on an island, and the goal is to locate treasures. In one sense there are semi-cooperative parts of the game with regards to locating treasures, each player adds to one of 4 treasure maps in process, narrowing down the possible location of the treasure. And every player who contributes to a treasure has a stake in it when it's found. Though ultimately, it's a competitive game as when it is time to divide up the treasure there is a game mechanic that provides later contributors to the map first pick of the treasure components (several cards with different numbers of coins on them). And in the end, whoever collects the most treasure wins.
The board is well made, designed in three double-sided interlocking parts that can be shifted in a couple of different ways to make what I think we calculated to be 32 different maps of the island to provide variation game-to-game. Treasure is identified by the type of terrain or landmarks its either in, not in, or next to, or not next to. Cards with these "clues" are contributed to each of the 4 treasure maps until only one space on the board can match all the clues for a given map. Then whoever gets to the treasure location first gets an extra stake in the treasure, and at that point it's divvy'ed up in reverse order of all player's contributions to the map. And a player who contributes more than once gets more than one piece of the treasure. A neat mechanism, it works well and is very fun.
And there's a few extra mechanisms, after a treasure is divided up, the tiki statues deploy amulets around the board (one per tiki) that if you travel to and collect, can be used for some special functions, an extra move, adding an extra clue to a map, and defending against the "poison" cards that can be hidden in the treasure (there are 2 in the game) which appear randomly and may cause you to lose some treasure if you don't have a protective amulet.
Works well, highly recommended. Could be considered a "gateway" game, as it's light enough even for some non-gamers to get into. Probably fun for kids too, though my game group is mostly geezers at this point. Fairly quick to set up. . It also looks cool and has great quality components. Highly recommended!
You all contribute clues to find a treasure, but there's enough going on so that you can give yourself better odds of getting more treasure...or if you see where you competition is headed you can cut them off by playing Amulets to remove treasure pieces before they get there, rendering their clue card useless.
Overall, very fun.