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2014 German Edition

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 20-45 minutes 2-5

Manufacturer(s): Ravensburger Germany

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Product Description

Equipped with grappling hooks, lanterns and of course a bit of rum, players fight their way through the impenetrable jungle to reach the safety of the ship. But alas, a pirates life isn’t so easy, as you’ll have to avoid capture. Play your cards right and be the first to make it back!

In this well-refined game with a twist – strategy, skill, and a bit of luck is necessary to sit first in the lifeboat.

Product Information

  • Manufacturer(s): Ravensburger Germany

  • Year: 2014

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 20 - 45 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 873 grams


  • 6 Map Pieces
  • 1 gathering place
  • one rowboat
  • 90 playing cards
  • 25 Pirates
  • 5 Flags

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 28 reviews

Rediscovered Gem
March 23, 2009

When I started collecting European games this was among the first games I got. I enjoyed playing it and then give it up as I discovered other games. Recently reading the reviews I decided to bring Cartagena out again. It is a great game and I now wonder why did I ever put it on the shelf. Naming the pirates is a great idea!!! It has brought new exictiment to playing the game in hopes of getting to name another pirate. It also leads to new strategies such as if I can't win at least the named pirate is getting on the boat.

So, far I have only played by the hidden card method which I find to be a fun way to play. If Hare and Tortoise is not you game Cartagena very well could be. I found Hare and Tortoise too difficult to play but, Cartagena is a game everyone can enjoy.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Fun, unique, light game...
September 09, 2005

This is a fun different kind of game to play. We haven't played anything quite like this. The rules are easy to learn and it plays quickly for the most part. We love the idea of placing the sturdy large tiles together before game play to create the game board itself. It is different each time, and is just part of the reason we haven't seemed to get bored with this game since we got it over a year ago.

We love Cartagena! I also also recommend Alhambra, Acquire, and Mexica. Even though they are completely different type games, they would be a great addition to your collection.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Fun light game
July 09, 2005
Played once with 4 players. Fun, short, light game. I won, so maybe that biased my opinion. Don't be scared off by the pirate theme - it's not a strong theme (no blood, fighting, looting, etc.) - this would be fun for kids and family too.
Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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