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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Co-op or solo, a wonderfully thematic adventure, 25 Dec. 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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I love co-op games and play them voraciously. I also enjoy a good solo game when my mates aren't around. My favourite solo game right now is Mage Knight Board Game. That, however, is close to being pushed out of my number one spot.

Robinson Crusoe pits your group (or just one of you, if solo) against all of the challenges that you'll face when stuck on a cursed island. The game includes six scenarios and not all of them put you in the role of castaway. In fact, each scenario feels unique. The game could have just shipped with the one scenario and been epic, but the fact that there are six ways to lose, pure awesomeness.

The game is hard. Heck, surviving on an island with nothing is hard and the game brings that all to bear. You've got to find wood, food, pelts (for shelter) and you have to explore in order to find these things. You are resourceful and you know how to make things like a fire, but you have to find the materials first. It's not just accomplishing those things and calling it quit, you have to keep pulling those resources in while trying to accomplish the scenario goals (build a signaling fire in the first scenario).

Meanwhile, the weather is picking up and your shelter is falling apart and your food is rotting. Argh! Trying to keep up with everything that is going wrong is what makes Robinson Crusoe so much fun. There are just too many things to keep track of to be able to do them all. Your group has to prioritise.

One element that is particularly good about the game is that some of these events that hit you have effects that will come back to haunt you later. The card's don't stay in play, instead they get shuffled into the event deck. Remember that howling you heard earlier? That means the animals around your camp are probably smelling your food. They will likely make an attack sometime in the future. One of the things you can do, is by spending some actions you will mitigate the after-effects of some bad event. Of course, spending actions to do that will mean you haven't done something else that might be more important.

Robinson Crusoe is a game about juggling an ever expanding list of tasks that your very survival depends on. You can play the role of Carpenter, Soldier, Explorer or Cook and there are fan made expansions as well. You can mitigate luck in the game by spending more actions, if you don't spend as much time doing something then there is the potential that there will be injury or simply that the thing won't get done properly.

It's rare that a game blends theme so well into game mechanics, but in Robinson Crusoe it feels like you are creating a story, like it's unfolding as you deal with various emergencies you begin to feel for your character. Ignacy Trzewiczek, the creator of this game, has brought to us a real gem. I'm not a fan of worker placement games, but this game exceeded all of my hopes.

The box and components are top notch. The rulebook isn't that helpful and in fact I would recommend learning the game from Ricky Royal's playthrough rather than the rules. There are plenty of resources out there to help you with the game as well if you are having trouble, just go look for them.

I highly recommend this game to those players who won't be frustrated by a couple of losses before finding a groove. Players who like the activity of gaming, the discovery of a story, and the theme of desperate survival, will love this game. If you like your games easy then try something else. If you want a solid challenge then look no further. Robinson Crusoe, pleasantly enough, plays just as well solitaire as it does multi-player.

Thank you Ignacy, what an achievement in game design.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great board game., 6 Feb. 2014
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We've played this game just a few times so far, but we're happy with the purchase. Unlike "Pandemic", this one has a lot of story behind, it's less schematic. The six scenarios allow you to change a bit, so you don't get bored. It's very difficult to win, but that's not the point. It's fun, and this is what counts. Many things can surprise you and make you lose at the very last moment, like a weather event, lack of food, a beast in the camp.

The only weak point are the instructions. Read them carefully, and consider the first one or two round of the game as a way of learning how to play it. They could be written in a much clearer way, it takes some effort to "digest" all the information. There are many components (cards, tokens, possible events) in this game to consider. It's nice if one of the players has some experience with board games, so you can put him/her in charge of explaining the rules to the others. But don't let anyone boss you, here you all collaborate!
Consider also that setting the board and all the cards takes some time (about 10 minutes in our experience). It's convenient to set the game in a place where you can leave it, if you want to stop, and play later.

Anyway, it's a great game, and it offers a nice alternative to watching TV in the evening.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thematic fun., 21 July 2014
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Excellent solo or cooperative adventure game, with lots of theme. High replayability with the random set up for each of the 6 very different scenarios. Seems complicated at first, but this is due to the multitude of choices of actions. The game mechanics turn out to be quite simple, and once grasped, the game plays quite quickly. You definitely get better with experience. Can't wait for new scenarios, although the opportunity is there to make up your own. Great value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Z-man edition, 7 April 2015
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Not a review more a heads up .... If you're after both the game and the expansion I was sent the z-man edition of both - the portal and z-man versions have slightly different sized cards
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, Exciting Adventure., 12 April 2015
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Cooperative / Solo Adventure games are very popular, and this is an excellent example. Very thematic. Not easy to win without a lot of careful planning. Consequently, it is quite hard to understand when you start. However, persevere and the rewards are well worth the effort. There are a lot of very different and exciting scenarios for the base game, plus expansions if you want them. Making up your own scenarios is far from easy, due to the complex nature of the gameplay and balance. However, immerse yourself in this adventure and I can guarantee lots of exciting fun, steeped in theme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning !, 25 Jan. 2014
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Great game. Not easy to grasp the rules but much less fiddly than Mage Knight for example. The best artwork. The best adventure. Well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great but difficult., 25 Feb. 2014
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Really interesting game but not for the faint-hearted. Needs lots ao planning and be prepared for the game to beat you more times than you beat it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brill, 6 April 2014
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A really good game, presents a real good challenge. A great game to play if you and a friend like to work together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good game. Highly recommended., 14 Oct. 2014
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Bought it lately. Really cool game, no comments about that. Just make sure that U play with a good partner.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb strategy, 25 Feb. 2014
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Fantastic strategy game, without doubt one of the very best I have ever played. The theme wouldn't be something that I'd necessarily be interested in, but once you start playing, the game just draws you in and eats up your time! Check out Ricky Royal's excellent play-throughs on youtube and see for yourself. It isn't an easy game to win and the strategy is very deep - careful planning is the key to winning.

Recommended - you won't be disappointed.
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