Monday, September 29, 2008

#58: Insel der Schmuggler

Insel der Schmuggler
  • designer: Anja Wrede
  • publisher: Haba
  • date: 2004
  • BoardGameGeek rank/rating: not ranked/6.12
  • age: 6+
  • # of players: 2-4
  • print status: in print?
  • cost: $28.99 (FunAgain)
The island of the smugglers awaits - there are illicit goods ready for transport - and the only thing between you & the 7 items you need for a win is Luke the lighthouse keeper. Unfortunately, Luke has this bad habit of shining his light exactly where you're going & forces you to throw your cargo overboard.

This is another beautifully made/designed game from Haba - the wooden lighthouse fits into a clear plastic section inside the board & turns as players roll the die to shine the light around the reef. The chits are chunky with great illustrations... and there's even 3 extra islands to add a variant to the game. (More islands = tougher game.)

This is a pick up & deliver game for kids... you take a chit from the harbor your boat is in and take it to the harbor with the symbol(s) on the back of the chit. There's some rules for pushing other players as well as dumping cargo, but it's simple enough to teach in 3 minutes or so and has been a hit with adults & kids every time I've brought it out.

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