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The Secret of Monte Cristo
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Store:  Strategy Games, Family Games
Theme:  Exploration
Format:  Board Games

The Secret of Monte Cristo

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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2012

Ages Play Time Players
8+ 45-60 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Arnaud Urbon, Charles Chevallier

Manufacturer(s): Z-Man Games

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Product Description

The young and successful merchant sailor, Edmond Dantes is sailing back to Marseille to marry his fiancee. Upon his return, Dantes finds himself falsely accused of a crime he did not commit. Soon after, he is imprisoned, without trial, in the Chateau d'If.

It is during his sentence that he learns about the existence of a colossal treasure buried on Monte Cristo. After successfully escaping from his jail, he finally manages to reach the island of Monte Cristo where he does, in fact, find the treasure. With this newly acquired wealth, Dantes sets his revenge in motion.

After finally finding peace many years later, Dantes leaves for a mysterious and unknown location to find solace and love. It is rumored that the Count of Monte Cristo has hidden a large part of his wealth in the dungeons of Chateau d'If. Numerous adventurers, aboard untrustworthy skiffs, set forth towards the castle, hoping to get their hands on as much treasure as possible.

Players control a number of adventurers who set foot in Chateau d'If. Their objective is to explore the different dungeons and gather the most valuable treasures. They must ensure that they will have a sufficient number of adventurers on the island as well as enough bags to carry this treasure away from the island. You will strategically place your adventurers in the various dungeons, according to the treasures that can already be found there. When a new treasure is revealed, you will place them to make sure that your crew reaches it first. With the help of the Action slide, you will plan your actions to play them at the right time and gain the upper hand!

Once a player reaches 40 points on the scoring track during the Treasure chest phase, the game ends. All the treasures are added and the player with the most points wins the game.

The game comes with a unique component: the action slide using marbles to determine order of player actions.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2012

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Arnaud Urbon, Charles Chevallier

  • Manufacturer(s): Z-Man Games

  • Year: 2011

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 45 - 60 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 1,329 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is a domestic item. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.


  • 1 board
  • 1 Action slide
  • 36 Adventurer pawns (9 of each color)
  • 4 scoring markers (1 of each color)
  • 30 Supply cards
  • 20 marbles (6 red, 6 blue, 4 green and 4 yellow)
  • 1 cylinder
  • 30 Treasure tokens
  • 5 Treasures markers
  • 1 cloth bag
  • rules

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