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This is a tough review to do as Linnaeus' superlative review has said almost everything I could. However as his was a review of the BSW implementation I will concentrate on the physical components of the game and a few thoughts on my initial plays.

The game comes in quite a large box for what it contains but I'll be able pack more games into it when I'm traveling.

Some minor pressing out is needed for your treasure chests but apart from that you can get into a game straight away. Everything apart from the cave cards comes on a thick cardstock. The cave cards are square and the same thickness as a standard playing card. I would have liked these to have been thicker especially as these will be most handled components in the game.

One thing, although not important, I thought the treasure chests looked a lot bigger in the pictures than they actually are. In fact in my wife's first games her treasure chest was overflowing and she was making change to stop it.

The artwork all around is excellent and when the game is laid out it looks impressive and has had non-gaming friends enquiring about it. And who can resist the 'Indy' figures?

As stated above, I won't go into the gameplay detail as a far better reviewer has already done that. Suffice to say that it is a very, very light game. It is also a lot of fun.

The game plays differently depending on how many people are involved. The lower the number I have found to be higher scoring games. When 7-8 people are involved (when I've played on BSW) the average score is lower except for the winning player. This is due to larger amounts of gems being leftover on the previous cave cards in larger games. For example in an 8 player game if everyone venture into the cave section worth '15' then every player would receive 1 gem each and the remaining 7 would be left on the card for the first player(s) to head back to camp. In smaller games with less gems being leftover there is less incentive to head back to camp early.

The game states that it's for 8 years or older, which I disagree with. We play it with our 7 year old and will be breaking it out for our 5 year old in the next couple of days. The game mechanic is 'Next cave' or 'Go back' which I think younger children shouldn't have trouble with. They mightn't be able to gauge their odds with the number of cards left in the deck but they will still have fun.

And that is the overall feeling that I have with the game... it's fun. Quick, light fun. Is it worth the money? That really depends on the individual, if you're after a game that you know that will be brought out for swift sessions in between other games or at the beginning or end of a gaming session then yes you will get your money's worth. If you don't have a gaming group and/or get to game irregularly then you might be best served with a different game.

Me? I like it... a lot
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