Treasure Island by Matagot Games is a one vs many bluffing and misdirection game of hidden treasure and pirate hide and seek.
One player takes on the role of Long John silver who has hidden his treasure somewhere on the island before being imprisoned. Through a series of clues which may be true, somewhat true or downright pirate lies, Long John directs the other players around the island in search of his treasure.
On their turn, players can complete various actions: move, perform or small or large area search, check to see if Long John’s answers are true. In Treasure Island, players draw on the dry wipe board which depicts the sland, marking their travels and searches. They can record clues provided by Long John on their own mini map. Long John gets to provide two types of clue, but to access challenging clues, he must pass players bonus action tokens.
As each turn progresses, Long John gains bonuses, additional clue cards and wax seals which he places beneath the clue cards. The seal hides the truth about Long John’s clues; did he lie, speak truth or was it a half-truth?
After 17 turns, Long John is freed from prison, it is then a race to the treasure. Players have to find it before Long John, but only Long John knows where he buried it. Long John needs to be careful not to lead the pirates there before he can reach the spot.
The game provides something very different, as players draw on the main board map. The balance between pirates and Long John provides further interest as although you are all out for yourselves, some co-operation is needed to be the pirate who finds the treasure before Long John gets his hands on it.
Number of players 2-5
Play time 45 mins+