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Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island (4th Edition)

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island (4th Edition)

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Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island is a cooperative adventure game in which you play castaways stranded on an unforgiving island in a variety of scenarios. Your goal is to build a settlement, protect your group from dangers and fulfill a variable objective depending on the scenario.

Explore the Island

  • Discover new terrains.
  • Search for new resources.
  • Find the best place for your camp.

Set Camp

  • Build a shelter to protect yourself from rain, cold and wind.
  • Surround it with a palisade to keep wild animals away.
  • Search the island for food and prepare stock for winter.

Build Constructions

  • Reinforce the palisade, set traps.
  • Build a raft and sail around the island.
  • Build a pen and start breeding animals.

Uncover Its Secrets

  • Discover the fate of other castaways.
  • Explore the buildings of wild tribes.
  • Find hidden treasures.

Create New Items

  • Search the mountain for flint to make fire.
  • Make clay pots, wicker baskets, fur, and leather clothing.
  • Create new weapons: knives, spears, and bows.

The box contains seven different scenarios making each game more difficult and extraordinary! Additional scenarios are available on the game designer's web site:

  1. Castaways - Build a woodpilett for a signal fire and call for help.
  2. Cursed Island - Complete an exorcism on this cursed island.
  3. Jenny needs help! - Rescue the captain's beautiful daughter.
  4. Volcano Island - Escape the island before lava reaches you.
  5. Cannibal Island - Confront the terrifying man-eaters.
  6. Family Robinson - Start a new life on the uninhabited island.
  7. King Kong - Capture King Kong for your new movie production!

Every scenario is completely replayable again and again.

Game Play

In Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island each round is played in 6 phases:

  1. Event Phase - Draw an Event card and resolve the Event effect. The remaining information on the card entails a Threat, so the card is placed in the rightmost Threat Action space on the board.
  2. Morale Phase - Check the Morale level track. The First Player will either have to gain or discard Determinaiton tokens and may take a wound if the crew's morale is particularly low.
  3. Production Phase - Players (the crew) acquire resources on the Island tile where their camp is located. Depending on the items they have built, they may acquire additional resources.
  4. Action Phase - Players first plan out the actions they will take by deploying their pawns among the 7 possible actions: 1) address a Threat, 2) go Hunting, 3) Build something, 4) Gather Resources, 5) Explore the island, 6) Arrange the Camp or 7) Rest. Players then resolve their planned actions in the order beginning with addressing a Threat. If more than one player takes the same type of action, for example Building, they can do it in any order they desire. Then you move on to the next type of action (in this case Gather Resources).
  5. Weather Phase - The crew faces the current weather conditions on the island by rolling the weather dice (specifics are dependent on the adventure Scenario you're playing).
  6. Night Phase - Everyone eats, or takes a wound if they can't. They'll also take a wound from sleeping out in the open if they have no shelter. The crew can move their camp during the Night Phase and utilize tokens or card effects to Heal. Any perishable food left over spoils.

Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island is a co-op game that brings emotions to life from the best novels of Jules Verne and Daniel Defoe. Simple rules are perfectly combined with theme, and allow players to fully imagine dreadful events that take place on a deserted island.

What's different in this new edition:

This new edition of Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island includes several upgrades and improvements over the original version:

  • Square game box instead of original’s coffin box
  • Fancier 1st Player Token
  • Additional 7th Scenario
  • Character Sheets on thick cardboard, rather than the thin sheets in the original
  • Shaped wooden resource components, instead of the simple cubes in the original
  • Redesigned Discovery Tokens with thematic names on them
  • Character stickers for the wooden player pawns
  • Over 450 edits on the cards to improve clarity
  • Freshly-reworked rulebook - The most important change by far!!!!
  • Updated the cover illustration with new artwork from Vincent Dutrait to help customers identify the new version of the game from previous editions

For more information on Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed island, see the detailed review on The Glass Meeple.

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Game Details

Suggested Ages: 14 and up
Number of Players:
1 to 4
Playing Time:
120 minutes

Designer: Trzewiczek, Ignacy

Publisher: Portal Games


card drafting, cooperative play, dice rolling, modular board, set collection, storytelling, variable player powers, worker placement, adventure, exploration, nautical, novel

Awards & Honors

2013 Swiss Gamers Award Winner
2013 JUG Adult Game of the Year Finalist
2013 International Gamers Award - General Strategy: Multi-player Nominee
2013 Gra Roku Advanced Game of the Year Winner
2013 Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game Nominee
2013 Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Winner
2013 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee


game board, 90 Adventure cards (30 each for Building, Gather Resources and Exploration actions); 73 Event cards; 52 Mystery cards (26 Treasures, 13 Monsters, 13 Traps); 3 Wreckage cards; 1 Friday card; 1 Dog card; 4 characters; 12 custom dice (3 brown Building action dice, 3 grey Gathering action dice, 3 green Exploring action dice, 3 weather dice); 7 Scenarios; 16 Beast cards; 8 Starting Items; 30 Invention cards; 1 Arranging the Camp card; various wooden tokens; revised and improved rulebook