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Buried Treasure

English language edition

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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Card Game, 2000

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 20-30 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Sid Sackson

Manufacturer(s): FX Schmid USA

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Product Description

Ahoy, Captain!

On yonder island there are hidden treasures just waiting for you to dig them up. So scrape together some pirates, ships, maps, cannons and shovels and set said in this family free-for-all. Shiver me timbers, it's fun!

It's time to deal the cards and divvy up the loot!

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Card Game, 2000

Product Information

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 9 reviews

by Tom Hansen
One of Sid Sackson's Greatest Treasures!
June 22, 2010

I'm a huge Sid Sackson fan! Little did I know how fun this game was until recently. I had never heard of "nim style" games, but then discovered this gem. I like how at first you think there is not much depth to this game, but then the strategic alternatives grow as you get deeper into the game. The retention of color cards from previous rounds adds to the strategic planning required. Often games are very close in scoring.

Sackson was known for his simple rules, but deep levels of strategy and tactics in his games, and it shows in this little game. The game is portable; I have taken it on plane trips, to the restaurant table, and, of course, played a quick game on the kitchen table, too.

Good Fun, Moderate Depth, Simple Rules... Great Game
January 24, 2001

Sometimes I think the last person to review a game should be a gamer. We can't call a game great unless it has mind busting stategy, a German designer and a rulebook that needs a bookmark. This is an excellent family game. It requires some thought, but it's not chess. You are stabbing others in the back and they are stealing from you. It's well designed and is very replayable. I have played it often, while I can only get a group together for Modern Art or Tigris & Euphrates a couple times a year.

One of my favourite fillers
August 20, 2001

It can be difficult to find games to fill the 20 - 45 minute gaps that gaming groups have while waiting for games to end or people to show up. I find Buried Treasure and Frank's Zoo to be two of the better ones.

Buried Treasure has a very nice 'screw-your-neighbor' twist due to the large amount of card stealing. It is easy to identify who is winning so players can pick on the leader. This often results in nice, close finishes. In some games, the ability to gang up on the leader can be frustrating. In Buried Treasure, it results in nasty fun which gives the game it high ratings.

The major drawback of this game is that it is overpackaged and overpriced. The box gives the feeling that you will get a nice set of game components. In reality, you get a small deck of cards. Thankfully, the game play makes up for what the packaging lacks.

My appreciation of Sid Sackson games is growing the more I play them. This filler is worth a space on your game shelf.

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