Escape through the Jungle


Pirates are escaping from the fortress of Cartagena across the jungle to their boat. In the standard version of the game you lay out five of the six double-sided board tiles for the escape path; at one end of the path you put the meeting place, at the other end the boat. The starting player is dealt six cards, all other players get five cards. You place your four pirates onto the meeting place and move them to the boat with the help of your cards;

The active player has two actions for his pirates; you can use both of them for the same pirate or waive an action. For an action you can either play a card and move one of your pirates forward to the next free spot showing the same symbol as the card - you jump over occupied spots with this symbol - or you can move one of your pirates backwards to the next spot with one or two pirates and draw one or two cards accordingly. In this move spots holding zero or three pirates are jumped over, there can never be more than three pirates on a spot and you need to stop at the first spot with one or two pirates; you can never leave out a spot holding one pirate to reach one holding two pirates to be able to draw two cards. You cannot move back to the meeting place, either. If you are first to have all your pirates in the boat, you win.

In the advanced version you use all six board parts and five pirates and have three actions in your turn.

Cartagena is still one of the most sophisticated games using the mechanism of moving back for resources, it is simple and does not use any other mechanism, the challenge is in the optimum use of cards and optimum combination of actions.


Players: 2-4

Age: 8+

Time: 45+

Designer: Leo Colovini

Artist: Volkan Baga, Nora Nowatzyk

Price: ca. 23 Euro

Publisher: Ravensburger 2014


Genre: movement by cards

Users: For families

Version: de

Rules: de

In-game text: no



Revised new edition

"Tortuga" variant using visible cards is not included

Two different levels of difficulty

Sophisticated method to get new cards


Compares to:

All editions of Cartagena from Winning Moves, Atlantis, Hase & Igel


Other editions:

Currently none


Chance (pink): 1

Tactic (turquoise): 3

Strategy (blue): 1

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 0

Communication (red): 0

Interaction (brown): 0

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 0