At a Glance: Survive: Escape from Atlantis is one of those games that never disappoints. It is a cutthroat race to safety as the island is sinking around you.
Survive: Escape from Atlantis is a highly competitive game for 2-4 players. The island is made up of random terrain tiles separated into beach, jungle, and mountain. At the start of the game, each player is given 10 People tokens in the same color that have different hidden values on the bottom. The goal is to get as many of these People, especially the higher-numbered ones to the safety of the 4 nearby islands on the 4 corners of the board. In alternating turns, players place their People tokens on the island, one to a space. Once everyone is placed and the Boats are placed next to the island, the fun begins. On your turn, you are allowed 3 spaces of movement that you may spread among your People as you wish. You may move them over land or onto a Boat, or across Sea spaces. Boats may move more than one space on a turn, but a swimmer in the water may only move a max of one space on a turn. After movement, a player chooses one land tile to remove from the island (Atlantis is sinking). Then they perform whatever action is on the bottom of the tile. Some tiles may be kept and played on a later turn. Tiles do things like add creatures to the board, give dolphin’s aid to swimmers, place boats, and other things. Lastly they roll the red Creature Die and move that creature. Whales are the quickest. They are friendly to swimmers, but they capsize boats. Sharks can move a couple spaces at a time. They kill swimmers, but are harmless toward the Boats. The big Sea Serpents can only move one space at a time, but they destroy EVERYTHING. The game ends when the Volcano tile is drawn from the mountains. At that point, whoever has the highest VALUE of People tokens in the safe spaces is the winner.
It’s hard to find a more exciting game than this. When you have a swimmer right next to a shark and you’re hoping beyond hope that the person next to you doesn’t roll a shark on the creature die. Or when you’re so close to safety, but a big Sea Serpent comes along and swallows everything up! This game is cutthroat, but it’s light and fun. There might be a few uber-competitive, angry people out there that you probably shouldn’t play this game with, but overall the game is crazy and sorta unfair to all, and if taken lightly, is a really fun time. There’s always that unpredictability of when the Volcano erupts. Since the land tiles must be removed in order, starting with beach, then jungle, then mountain, you have a general idea when the game will end, but you’re never positive. There is also a memory element on the side, as once you look at and place your People, you cannot peek underneath them to see what their value is for the rest of the game. I love this added flavor to the feel of the game. The Boats are an interesting mechanic, as anyone can use them, but whoever has the majority of People in the Boat controls where it goes.
The land tiles are awesome, as their thickness varies depending on what type they are, with the mountain tiles being thickest. The People tokens are nice and the whole presentation is very colorful and well done. It’s a very reasonable price point for what you get. It’s a crazy, cutthroat race! Try to survive!
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