Growing up as a child in the 1980’s was fantastic. The music was great, the movies were fantastic, & the best games of all-time were being released from board games to video games. I was enthralled with archaeology after watching Raiders of the Lost Ark. So as I got older that is what I wanted to study in school.

I just love the theme of acquiring lost or mythic treasures & showing letting the world see what our past held. I, however, was never able to study archaeology in school  but I do still love the theme & read as many articles on the subject as I can.

Because of my fondness for archaeology I like to play games that deal with collecting treasures. So when I was contacted by publisher Do You Know My Game? I really couldn’t pass up reviewing their game Stolen Treasures. Stolen Treasures is a card game for two to six players, ages seven to adult, & can be played in less than thirty minutes.

In Stolen Treasures you can see yourself as an art collector trying to get your hands on some of the most valuable pieces of artwork from around the world or an agent trying to reclaim each treasured piece. And you are definitely going to need to go about doing this any way possible. There will be computer hacking, glass cutting, & even using the black market to get these treasures.

Playing the game is simple. All cards are shuffled together to form the main deck. The top card of the deck is revealed starting the discard pile. The dealer will then deal eight cards to each player, one at a time. Then the first player will take their turn.

On a players turn they will draw two cards from the top of the main deck or from the discard pile. After drawing that player will play as many cards as possible in front of them from their hand. Only one of each type of card can be played on a player’s turn. Then they must discard one card. Unless the player has played all their cards. Once a player has no cards in hand the round ends.

Players will find a total of thirty unique treasure cards, a variety of tools to acquire treasures, & a handful of “control” cards that can be played to protect the cards you have or steal cards belonging to your opponents.

In order in acquire a treasure a player must play a tool with the correct corresponding letter on it. For example a “Infrared Glasses” tool card has the letter I on it. The next treasure card a player will want to play would be the “Sevres & Meissen Porcelain” card because the letter marked on it is an “I”.

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Throughout the game players will need to combine tool cards to play treasures with multiple key letters on them. The Mona Lisa, for example, is the best & hardest piece of artwork to acquire. There are two segments to the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci. A player only has to have the three corresponding tools but they will also need both segments in their hand to be played at the same time.

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Players will end up wanting to protect special artworks by placing Interpol cards on a treasure. This protects the treasure from being stolen when a player plays a Special Agent card. Players will also use Firewall cards & force a player to lose their next turn or Security Hack cards to take a random card from another player’s hand giving them back either one from their hand or just giving back the card they just took.

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Players will want to be on the look out for the Wild Card. It can be used as anything other than as a treasure card. There are only two Wild Cards in the game so it is super rare & very powerful to have.

Players will continue to draw two cards each turn & then play what they have making sure to discard one card at the end of their, unless they played their entire hand. This will continue until one player empties their hand. All this will take place in five rounds. At the end of the five rounds players will count the total number of points that are listed at the bottom of each of the treasure cards they have placed in front of them.

The player with the highest number of points will win the game.

This game isn’t a spectacular or a flashy game. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun game. It is fun, easy to learn, & great for children. It does however have a bit more luck than strategy to it. Some cards are harder to get into your hand than others so the luck of the draw is always there.

The one complaint I had is that there were too many Black Market cards. I also feel that since there are two parts to the Mona Lisa, each part should require you to play that many tool cards to acquire it. Other than that this game makes a good little filler which can virtually be taken anywhere.

A few cool things about the company that makes Stolen Treasure is that if you are unsure of how to play the game you can scan the QR code on a card that comes with the game to watch a video on how to play.

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If you are interested in purchasing Stolen Treasures then you can head to Do You Know My Game? or to Amazon.

Ready those tools & that black woolen cap to get those treasures & game on!

 

-Christopher Richter

Twitter: @Boardgaming_FTW

 

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