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Posted: 4 weeks ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Lost Ruins of Arnak is a collecting game where you explore an uninhabited ancient island. You play Action cards to find resources, defeat monsters and uncover treasures. It is a game about overcoming your limitations and fears in order to fully uncover the secrets and treasures that Arnak has to offer.

You play as as a group of explorers, who find an uninhabited island covered in the ruins of an ancient civilisation. Each round you are dealt just six cards which limit your actions and force you into hard choices about how to progress. This results in a knife-edge struggle to eke out your measly resources as you work to discover new locations, defeat monsters, complete research and ultimately earn victory points.

Get this right and you can start to progress more quickly. Discovering new locations results in more treasure which enables you to buy cards for more actions per round. You can even unlock helpers who give you useful resources along the way. After five rounds, the person with most victory points is the winner.

So what starts as a game of exploration, quickly becomes an exercise in resource management where you have to work with your limited team of archaeologists to maximise what they can uncover before the game is over.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 10-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Collecting and Strategy

Pieces: Board, Cards, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Czech Games (@CzechGames)

Players: 1-4



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Learn to Play: This takes 1 hour to learn. This is a complex game with lots of ways to earn victory points. You need to fully understand the four main types of action and how the cards enable you to use these actions before you can really begin to move from grasping the game into discovering your own strategies.

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 80 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

10-12 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need lots of patience and the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. They also need to be happy to learn a large amount of rules.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 7+ years-olds. There are guardian monsters who are depicted in the game's artwork, which younger players may find disturbing.


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We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Lost Ruins of Arnak Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@CzechGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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