Every week, we take a closer look at one particular game, usually because it’s a hidden gem that’s really not getting the love it deserves. Why not give them a go next time you’re in?
This week we’re taking a look at Incan Gold.
Incan Gold (and its new incarnation, Diamant) is a great game! It’s simple and suitable for 4 – 8 players – it plays well at any of those counts but I think the higher the better. It doesn’t take long either – you can have a lot of fun with it in half an hour or so.
In Incan Gold, you are all explorers, delving deep into a hidden temple in search of treasure. The person with the biggest haul at the end of the game is the winner. (Actually, I guess that technically you’re there to steal artifacts and gems so let’s say instead that anything you collect you intend to donate to a local museum.)
With each step of your five collective journeys, cards are flipped to reveal what it is you encounter. Most of the time you’ll find some gems, maybe just a few but perhaps a really big haul. And if you do, you’ll surely want to stay in the temple, exploring and gathering riches. But you could also find you’ve encountered a terrible danger – spiders, tumbling rocks, snakes, fire – and at that point, you’ve got a decision to make: beat a hasty retreat back to camp, taking your treasure with you for safe keeping, or continue exploring but risk encountering a second danger of the same type and then losing everything you’ve collected on that trip. So what do you do? What is everyone else going to do? Because if THEY are getting out, you could be keeping all of the treasure for yourself.
Incan Gold is a great ‘push your luck’ game. Do you play safe and get out when the going is good, or risk just one more card, hoping to avoid the dangers and claim even more loot, especially now everyone else has chickened out? The other players certainly believe in you – why else would they be encouraging you to keep going…