Incan Gold is another “press your luck” game, different enough from all other “press your luck”-like games to be just as fun, and just as worthy of your seriously playworthy consideration.
It doesn’t take long to learn, it takes only about 20 minutes to play, and the joyful luck-pressing can be shared by 3, or as many as 8 players. You do have to spend some time arranging the cards, but, after the first time you play, all that card arranging adds to the anticipation of a significantly fun experience of engaging each other in an intense exploration of the various wages of caution and greed.
The game is played in 5 rounds. A round begins by drawing a “Quest card” from the pile, turning it over, and placing it face-up next to one of the “Temple cards.” The card that is revealed can either be a Treasure card, an Artifact, or a Hazard. If it is a Treasure, the players divide it between them, placing small plastic pieces in front of their personal treasuries (in front, and not inside, because the Treasure can’t be claimed until someone has taken it safely out of the Temple). If it is an Artifact, it will be added to the treasury of the first player to remove it from the Temple. If it is a Hazard, there’s no score. If a second Hazard of the same type is drawn later on in the round, all the potential treasures and artifacts are lost. All those little plastic, colored crystal-in-the-rough-shaped pieces… They go back. And nobody gets to keep them. Nobody. Not even you.
Once a card is placed on the table, players all have the option to go forward and reveal the next card, or to leave the Temple and collect the goodies indicated by the graphically rendered significance appearing on the card.
On the other hand, before the next Quest card can be revealed, you all, simultaneously, flash one of two cards on to the conceptual table. One card shows that you want to go forward, as it were, into the Temple, and seek greater fortune. The other, that you want to “leave the temple” immediately.
If one and only one of you flashes the card that symbolizes the decision to “leave the temple” already, that player, you, for example, get to take all the exposed Artifact Cards as your very own. Heh. Heh. Hey. If you’re not the only one leaving, you and your fellow leavers share the pretty plastic pieces potentially accumulated and put them into a little tent you made out of a folded card. And nobody gets the Artifacts. Heh, hey. But you don’t play any more for the rest of the round. Also hey, hey, hey.
Incan Gold is produced by Sunriver Games and is also available from Funagain. An earlier form of Incan Gold, Diamant, was published in Germany by Schmidt Speile, and was also was also available from Funagain.