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Board GameKarak Review
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Karak is a traversal game where you explore a dungeon, fight monsters and discover treasure. You play by building a labyrinth tile by tile, moving your hero and rolling dice to resolve combat. It is a journey in to the unknown, where you will need luck to survive.

You play as one of six heroes racing to find treasure in the dungeons of Karak Castle. Each turn you place a dungeon Room tile and move inside hoping for treasure or a useful weapon. If you're unlucky you'll face a monster that must be defeated with a dice roll. If you lose you take damage, but if you win you are rewarded with useful loot.

As you play, so the dungeon unfolds and you discover more power ups and more powerful monsters. At first you might not have the fire power to defeat them, but over time your upgraded weapons sway things in your favour. Defeat the powerful dragon to end the game and the player with most treasure is the winner.

What starts as a journey of discovering what is around each corner, quickly transforms into a dice rolling battle for survival where you must upgrade your hero in order to defeat the monsters before they defeat you.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 2-5

Genres: Battle, Collecting, Role-Play and Traversal

Pieces: Dice, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Kosmos Games UK (@KosmosGamesUK)



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Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. This is a straightforward game to learn, actions and combat is clear and easy to understand. You are likely to spend most of your time understanding each character's abilities and how they affect the game as a whole.

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 1 hour to complete. As you need find and defeat the dragon to finish, this game can vary in length quite a lot.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room. Best with 3 to 4 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players need to be okay fighting, monsters and losing lives. They also need to be able to add the digits on two dice.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 7+ years-olds. This game features combat and weapons, but they are not depicted graphically.


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

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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