Tobago - Lightning Review

Designer: Bruce Allen

Artist: Victor Boden

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Year Published: 2009

No. of Players: 2-4

Ages: 10+

Playing Time: 60 minutes

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You are a treasure hunter on the island of Tobago. In order to find it, you must play clue cards to narrow down where each of the treasures are. Once a treasure is located it's a race in your jeep to dig it up and all that contributed in the hunt get a share of the reward. (Beware of the curse cards in the deck!)

Tobago is a beautiful game with a three-piece board that can be laid in different combinations to change the island you explore. There are multiple versions of this game with vastly different components so try to get a version with the cool 3D island statues and trees if components matter to you, otherwise a copy with the flat wooden pieces should suffice. The pieces in the fancier version are gorgeous though and add to the feel of the game.

Overall, this is a medium-light offering that packs quite a bit of fun as you race around the island for treasures. It's a fairly easy game to learn and teach, but competitive enough to provide plenty of entertainment for even seasoned gamers. You may have to do a bit of searching, but it's worth the effort.


Stefan Yates

stefan yates

Stefan Yates is a professional in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Kansas State University. Finding ways to work gaming into work, he serves on the university’s Alternate Reality Game Committee and is a co-Faculty Advisor for the Board Game Club. He is also a PhD student whose field of research is Gamification in Student Programming. He enjoys playing (and mostly losing) almost any type of game and likes to work in multiple game sessions per week whenever possible. An avid solo gamer with an additional interest in tabletop miniatures games, the stay-at-home orders of the pandemic were not particularly concerning as there was always painting to do and terrain to build. Stefan is also a book and movie collector and a huge football fan (go CHIEFS!)