Space Alert is a team survival game where the crew’s task is to defend the ship until the mission is complete. If they succeed, the ship brings back valuable data. If they fail, it is time to train a new crew. Space Alert is not a typical board game in that players do not compete against each other. Instead, they work together against the challenge presented by the game. The difficulty of this challenge can be chosen by the players themselves. Completing the most difficult missions requires close teamwork.
During play, the central computer will announce the presence of various threats on one the supplied 10 minute soundtracks that also acts as a game timer (scenario cards can be used if you don’t have a CD player available). The threats vary from space battleships and interceptors to different interstellar monsters and abominations, asteroids or even intruders and malfunctions on the spaceship. Players have to agree who will take care of which task and coordinate their actions (moving around the ship, firing weapons, distributing energy, using battlebots to deal with intruders, launching guided missiles, etc.) in real time to defend the ship. Only a well-working team can survive 10 minutes and make the jump back to safety.
The game offers several difficulty levels, huge variability and a unique experience for one to five player teams. One mission lasts only about 30 minutes, including setup and evaluation.
- 1 – 5 Players
- 30 Minutes
- Ages 12+