Survive Escape From Atlantis
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- 2 to 4 player game
- 45 to 60 minutes to play
- Fantasy Atlantis Escape theme
- Disaster survivor adventure
- Avoid sea serpents, whales and Sharks
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Stronghold Games has already announced new editions of two highly regarded and long out-of-print games – Code 777 and Confusion, as reported on BGN in Feb. 2010. For the company's third release, yet another classic game will be returning to store shelves: Julian Courtland-Smith's Survive!, which sold nearly 1.5 million copies worldwide, according to the press release from Stronghold. In fact, Stronghold Games has obtained the rights to all versions of Survive! that have seen print, the other versions being Escape from Atlantis and Atlantis, and the new game will be titled Survive: Escape from Atlantis! to honor the game's history. Here's a game description from the publisher: In Survive: Escape from Atlantis!, players are tasked with escaping from an island that is slowly sinking into the sea. Players control a number of stranded citizens who must escape to islands surrounding Atlantis. Along the way they can be helped by boats or dolphins, but danger lurks everywhere! Sea monsters, whales and sharks can stand in the way of escape. The island sinks in a different way each game, so players must adjust their strategy from game to game. Head for the high ground if you must, but be prepared to make a desperate swim for safety! Survive: Escape from Atlantis!, due out Q4 2010, will use the original rules from Survive!, with optional elements from the other versions of the game. As noted on the press release, "This edition will benefit from the direct input of the original designer, Julian Courtland-Smith." Stronghold Games holds the rights to Survive: Escape from Atlantis! in all languages and invites publishers who want to license the game in languages other than English to contact managing director Kevin Nesbitt. Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of BoardgameNews.com
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An underwater volcano has erupted and the island of Atlantis is sinking into the sea. Unless the people of Atlantis escape in time, all the inhabitants are doomed. In this game, you try to lead your people from the sinking central island of Atlantis to the safety of one of four islands nearby. Your people can get there quickly by boat (if they find one) or more slowly by swimming. But it will be a perilous journey as they must avoid Sea Serpents, Whales, and Sharks. When the volcano on Atlantis explodes, the game is over. The player with the most survivor points wins.
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Survive is a great game that sets players against each other as they struggle to escape from the sinking island of Atlantis. Let the chaos begin!
Survive is a dead-simple game for 2 - 4 players. Each player begins with a group of meeples worth points varying from 1 to 6. All the people start the game on the island of Atlantis which is made of of low-lying beach tiles, higher forest tiles, and sky-scraping mountain tiles. Players take turns placing their little, wooden Atlantians on the board, but once played, you can't look at their point values for the rest of the game. Chaos! Scattered around the main island are boats (and sea serpents!), and tucked away in each corner of the board are tiny plots of land that your little people must escape to.
On each turn, players get three points to move around the island. Players use these points to move people or boats, as long as the boats are empty or contain more of their people than anybody else's. Next players sink any of the lowest-lying island tiles. On the back of each tile, there are some instructions printed. Some tiles will tell you to save them for later use (to defend from a shark attack, for example) while other tiles will have immediate effects such as spawning sharks, whales, boats or whirlpools. Finally, players roll a die that tells them which creature to move; whales sink boats, shark eat swimmers in the water, and sea serpents eat EVERYTHING.
That's it! Get as many people as you can to the safe islands, add up their points, and whoever has the most points wins. Dead-simple.
The magic of Survive is in how players interact with each other. Since players are sinking island tiles and moving sea creatures around every turn, players are messing with each other constantly! Here are a few examples from the games I've played:
- My girlfriend never uses boats; her islanders always swim to salvation. As such, she actively uses whales to smash every boat she can leaving all my would-be survivors in the water as shark bait.
- I notice my sister suspiciously loading up a boat on the far side of the island. I play a tile that lets me move a sea serpent right next to her, roll the creature die and CHOMP. She scowls at me.
- My dad sinks a beach tile where one of my guys is tanning. The tile spawns a shark which promptly eats him. I die a little inside.
- I hop onto a boat occupied by two other players. Surely it's in everyone's best interest to get to safety! An adjacent tile sinks revealing a whirlpool that sucks everyone down to their doom.
All in all, Survive: Escape from Atlantis! is a great game that everyone will have fun with and because the island tiles are placed randomly each game, it's always different! Grab a bunch of friends, and remember, revenge is a dish best served by a sea serpent.
The new game plays exactly the same as the original, but also contains rules variations and some new bits to play with those rules, if you choose. The tile pieces are well made, thicker, and will hold up much longer than the original ones did. The wooden boats and creatures are a big improvement over their cardboard & plastic counterparts from the orginal. However, the people, while prettier, are awkward to keep standing. The numbers on the bottom of the people are hard to read too, especially on the darker colored pieces. They tip over frequently when trying to be placed in the boats.
It's a great, light strategy game good for all ages. It really works best when you pick and choose the alternate rules to fit your family's playing style. Considering it costs the same to buy the original on ebay, get this new version and enjoy it for many years to come.
Did I mention strategy? Well, personally, I don't consider this to be a heavy strategy game, because there definitely is some luck involved. I play board games a lot, and I am really into strategy games so, in regards to strategy, this game doesn't hold a candle to other games in the genre. HOWEVER, you should know that the game doesn't rely so heavily on luck that you feel like the dice or tiles are what cause you to win or loose...if that makes sense, and you will have choices and sacrifices to make. Many times you will have to decide which player to attack or instead decide not to attack in order to make a defensive move that will help you later on.
This game is great for kids ages 9+. I know the game box says 8+, but I am a second grade teacher and I can tell you that most 8 year olds won't be able to "get this" without a lot of instruction and plays. However, if you have a younger child who is really good with light strategy games, or want to teach your child board game strategy you might consider giving this a shot. Also, this game is very fun for 2 players! My wife and I play this a lot and love it! Every game is close and intense! We really enjoy how different every game is and as I've said a couple of times, how much fun it is for being so simple.
In conclusion, I would recommend this game if you need a solid 2-4 player game, an exciting family game to play on weekends with your kids, enjoy light strategy, like experiencing a new game set up every time, and just wanted to have fun! Thumbs up if this review helped! Thanks!
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