Karuba is a tile-laying race game with players starting with boards that are identical, and one player drawing tiles that they all will use. Many moons have come and gone since your boats departed on the journey to Karuba. Once you arrive on the island, each player will lead an expedition team of four adventurers. Now you just have to navigate your way through the dense jungle to make it to the temples. ‘Just’ may be something of an understatement; the ancient jungle trails have to be found and uncovered first! Hurry up and be the first to reach the temples to collect the most valuable treasures. Many paths have dead ends and you need to be patient to find the right/best way through the jungle.
Each player starts with a tile board, four pairs of matching Adventurer & Temple markers, and a stack of 36 tiles. At the beginning of the game, players collectively place the four Adventurers on the ‘beach’ sides of their boards and the corresponding Temple along their ‘jungle’ sides, such that everyone has identical setups. One player is designated the Leader and places their tiles randomized face down in front of them, while the remaining players spread their tiles out face up around their boards.
Karuba is played out over a series of turns, either until one player manages to get all four of their Adventurers to the Temples, or all 36 tiles are used up. On a turn, the Leader reveals the topmost tile from their stack and announces the tile’s number to the group. Every player then individually chooses to either place their tile on a board space, creating pathways to the Temple, or to discard it. Discarding allows the player to move an Adventurer along a path a number of spaces equal to the pathways on the tile. If a player ends their movement on a tile containing a gold or crystal gem, they claim it as VP. Likewise, when an Adventurer reaches a Temple, they claim the topmost treasure token remaining for that Temple.
When the game ends, players add up the total value of their treasure tokens and gems. The player with the most valuable treasure is the winner, making their journey all the richer.
- Ages 8+
- 30 – 40 Minutes
- 2 – 4 Players