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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Timbuktu
Theme:  Business
Genre:  Logic & Deduction
Format:  Board Games


international edition of Timbuktu

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 45-60 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Dirk Henn

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Queen, Asmodee North America

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Product Description

All caravans want to go to Timbuktu to convert salt, coffee, gold, pepper, and especially water to riches and fame! Of course, the way through the desert is perilous and only the best will make it safely. Of course, those too timid will fail as well. Good luck!

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Game Nominee, 2007
Spiel des Jahres
Recommended, 2006

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Dirk Henn

  • Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Queen, Asmodee North America

  • Year: 2006

  • Players: 3 - 5

  • Time: 45 - 60 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 1,516 grams

  • In order to play Tombouctou, you will have to provide paper and pencil for each player


  • 1 4-piece gameboard
  • 105 goods
  • 5 caravan boards
  • 40 camel cards
  • 15 thief cards
  • 1 sheet of stickers
  • 40 wooden camels
  • 1 stage counter
  • 1 round counter
  • 1 set of instructions
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 5 in 1 review

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Tremendous Brain-Burner
February 14, 2000

Playing this game feels a lot like working a Logic Puzzle. Each turn, your objective is to deduce which spaces on the board are dangerous (thieves lurking). However, you start with very little information (site of two of the 10 bands of thugs) and learn only a little more as the round progresses. Oh, did I mention that each group of thieves steals only two commodities (you're carrying five)? Also, there are exactly 10 thieves and you know all the permutations of where they could be and what they may steal. So, if you've got Deep Blue working in your brain, it should be a snap to figure out where all the bad guys are and which commodity they're looking for. Easier said than done. This game is definitely geared towards thinkers.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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