This board game’s box cover declares, “A sea full of danger and oceans of fun!” Manufactured in 1982 by Parker Brothers’ Canadian affiliate and translated both in English and French, Survive! Survivre! introduces a volcano that is about to erupt on an island that is now slowly sinking into the sea. Unless they can escape, all inhabitants are doomed. Thus, in this challenging board game, players try to lead their “people” from the sinking island to safety on any of the four adjacent islands. Players can get there by boat or by swimming. However, it will be a perilous journey as they avoid serpents, sharks and whales! When the volcano finally explodes, the player with the most survivor points wins the game.
Survive! Survivre! includes the following components:
- A colorful ocean-designed game board,
- 5 green serpent tokens,
- 5 blue whale tokens,
- 6 gray shark fin tokens,
- 1 die,
- 12 boats,
- 40 land pieces, of three different varieties,
- 40 inhabitant tokens, divided evenly between four different colors; and,
- A rules pamphlet, written both in English and French.
All components of the game are present and are in excellent vintage condition.
The box cover and bottom show signs of wear. The graphic on the box top has a colorful adventure-type image; however, a small piece of the box cover graphic in the upper-left corner has been torn away. The box top has one split and peeling corner as well as two other edges that have the cover paper peeling away. The box bottom is in good vintage condition, but a bit yellowed with age and a few dark scuff marks at one edge. Please carefully review all photographs that accompany the description of this game to see condition issues.
Survive! Survivre! offers an evening of great family fun. Also, because of the game’s dual language aspect, this board game would make for a delightful gift for those studying or teaching French. Finally, because of its rarity, Survive! Survivre! is a must-have for collectors of vintage board and card games.