5 Minute Dungeon

Cooperation against a timer


Up to five heroes have exactly five minutes to fight their way across one of five dungeons, coping with obstacles, monsters, crazy people and bosses.

For a dungeon, a Boss Board is laid out, and a stack of Quest and Dungeon cards is prepared according to the intended level of difficulty - Apprentice, Hero or Dungeon Master - and the number of players. Players each hold an individual deck of 40 cards and take five of them in hand. A timer is started and the cards of the dungeon stack - your opponents - are turned over one by one and must be defeated. All players play cards simultaneously and draw cards from their deck accordingly. You defeat a card by playing of hero resource cards showing symbols that are also depicted on opponent cards, or someone plays a suitable hero action card, or someone uses the suitable ability of his hero board, paying for this by discarding three cards from hand. Event cards are resolved according to their text. When a card is defeated, all cards used for it are shoved aside, they are not placed on hero boards!

When nobody has left cards in deck or hand, or time is over or an opponent cannot be defeated due to lack of necessary cards, all players lose together in this dungeon. All players win a dungeon, when opponents and boss are defeated; the game is won when all five dungeons and their bosses have been defeated one after the other.

Simple rules, quick explanations and a high replay value for a fast, freaking-stressful fun game in a perfect mix of cooperation and fast actions; nobody can dominate the cooperation, all must really cooperate cleverly and fast to avoid wasting cards.


Players: 2-5

Age: 8+

Time: 25

Designer: Reid Connor

Artist: Alex Diochon

Price: ca. 25 Euro

Publisher: Kosmos 2017


Genre: Dungeon, adventure, time limit

Users: For families

Version: de

Rules: de en fr

In-game text: yes



Fantastic family game

Cute design, simple rules

Cooperation with info on cards necessary

Free timer app for smartphones is available


Compares to:

Cooperative simultaneous games with a time limit


Other editions:

Wiggles 3D (en, fr)


Chance (pink): 1

Tactic (turquoise): 1

Strategy (blue): 0

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 2

Communication (red): 3

Interaction (brown): 3

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 2