Ever scoured the Internet looking for what exactly you were missing from the old board game you pulled from your closet, only to find no succor in your time of need? Well, stop that fruitless searching through endless google results, as this week we look at Parker Brothers’ Survive!, the still-popular 1983 game that promised a sea full of danger and oceans of fun. (Not to be confused with the later – and better – Escape From Atlantis, detailed here: The Best Classic Board Games – Escape From Atlantis (1986).
The contents of Survive! are as follows:
The game box (with images of cartoony characters fleeing an erupting volcano with a sea serpent eagerly awaiting their arrival)
The game board (featuring a large playing surface of hexagons on an ocean background, with a small island land mass on each corner)
Five green plastic Sea Serpent tokens
Five navy blue plastic Whale tokens
Six gray plastic Shark tokens
Forty plastic “People” (villager) playing pieces (10 each of orange, purple, red, and yellow)
Twelve die-cut Boat playing pieces
Forty die-cut terrain playing pieces (16 “Beach”, 16 “Forest”, and 8 “Mountain”)
A special 6-sided die with symbols of the Whale, Shark, and Sea Serpent on the sides
The Game Rules
Aside from the inner cardboard fillers, one which holds the shape of the box and has more game art on it, and one to help hold all the pieces in an orderly fashion, that’s it. I hope you enjoy attempting to rescue as many villagers as you can from certain death!