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Store:  Kids Games
Genre:  Cooperative
Format:  Board Games

Caves & Claws

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Ages Players
6+ 1-4

Designer(s): Jim Deacove

Publisher(s): Family Pastimes

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Product Description

The museum hires a team of Archaeologists to head deep into a Jungle to find Ancient Artifacts. We are that team, ready for action and adventure! CAVES & CLAWS is a fantasy game, featuring elements of suspense, careful planning, teamwork, danger and humor. The game has three parts. First, we have to hack out the Paths to the abandoned Caves and Temples, secondly, using the connected paths, we search for and discover the Treasures. Finally we must return safely to Base Camp with what we gathered.

There are Dangers and Obstacles to avoid such as The Creeping Claw, The Nasty Hairy Thing and Big Boulders rolling over Entrances! We may have to resort to whatever desperate Remedy we find in our knapsacks to save us - a Super HeadNet, a Laser Lantern, a Piece of Broccoli, even a Smelly Sock! Yes, few creatures can face the Sock!

Product Information


  • Jungle Map 12" x 12"
  • Pathways
  • Movers
  • Tent Card
  • A Set of Ancient Treasure, Danger, and Remedy Cards
  • Rules for Regular and Hard Games

Product Reviews

by Mark Engelberg

Caves and Claws is a cooperative game from Family Pastimes, a game publisher that specializes in cooperative games. A cooperative game is one in which the players don't compete with one another; instead, they work together to beat the game system (sort of like playing solitaire as a team). All players win or lose together, as a team.

Caves and Claws is one of the better cooperative games that I've seen. The players take the role of archaeologists, exploring a cave system to find artifacts while avoiding monsters. In the first phase of the game, players collectively create the board - a maze of caves. In the second phase of the game, players move their archaeologist pawns through the maze to locations containing either artifacts or monsters. Monsters can be navigated around, or eliminated with special items (such as the smelly sock, which can scare away most monsters).

If your team discovers all the artifacts and escapes from the caves successfully, you all win. This is generally a pretty easy task. However, the difficulty of the game can be increased by playing with fewer monster-elimination items.

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