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What’s In That Game Box? – Survive! (1983)

Game box for Parker Brothers’ Survive!

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 BrothersSurvive!, 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!

A selection of game pieces from Survive!

The game board for Parker Brothers’ Survive!

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2 Responses

  1. Just found a copy of this at a thrift store down the street.. thank you for making this list! The box is a little beat up, but everything inside is pretty decent condition. I’m missing 1 purple villager… and that’s it! (I did notice your counts were a little off though – I had 6 serpents, 6 whales, and 6 sharks. Also, the tiles are 16, 16, 8 = 40)

    Thanks again though!

    • Thanks for the catch on the amount of terrain pieces. Yes, that should have read 8 Mountain pieces. The other token amounts are correct, however. Parker Brothers (and Milton Bradley, too) were known for adding extra pieces of games in the box, but the official count was supposed to be 5 sea serpents, 5 whales, and 6 sharks.

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