~500 Review – Clank! Sunken Treasures

Game: Clank! Sunken Treasure Board Game
Dire Wolf Digital, Renegade Game Studios.
Designer: Paul Dennen
Main Game Mechanisms: Deck Building, Dungeon Crawl, Push-Your-Luck
Number of Players: 1 to 4 (1 player version is available on the Renegade app).
Game Time: 30 to 60 minutes


Description: I know, I’m cheating a bit, but check out the description on the original post in order to get an idea as to how the game plays. This expansion plays the same way, but there are a few new things that you need to think about, including:

  • Underwater spaces – You’re on a ship and you’re diving deep for treasure! If you don’t have the SCUBA (which you can buy at the market), then you have to be careful! If you go underwater one turn, you have to “come up to breathe” on the next turn or you risk taking a point of damage. Certain creatures can only be dealt with when you are underwater, and certain treasures can only be picked up underwater, as well.
  • Extra Clank! from board movement – Certain areas will cause you to “splash” as you go into the water, causing you to throw a Clank! into the pile.
  • New cards and new enemies – There is a whole array of new cards for the game, and they add additional challenges while also giving you new advantages.

Review: I love having the new maps for Clank!. It gives us a lot of variety when playing and, at the time I am writing this, I have played both sides of the map with success. I got caught in a cavern the first time we played the expansion and didn’t get out – oops! The variety is a lot of fun and you do get the same feel that you got in the main game.

As I mentioned in my main game review, I did have some issues with the fact that you couldn’t trash cards to sift through your deck more quickly. In this version, they added a discard mechanism that allowed you to draw additional cards when discarding a card. I love this addition. It gives you that “big combo” feel that you get in Dominion, which is what I had been looking for from Clank!

Note: I have read reviews where people say the board is not made from the same high-quality material as the base game, and that the card backs are a different color from the base game’s cards. I didn’t notice this at all, YMMV.

Buy, Try, Deny: If you loved Clank!, but had some of the issues that I had in the “cons” section of the base game review, then I feel like this is essential. Period. They suggest you keep the expansion cards in the deck when you play the base map, and I 100% agree. I will never play without the expac cards again. The new cards make a big difference when it comes to sifting through your deck and it makes the game get a lot more of that “push your luck” pressure that makes the base game amazing. The maps are a new challenge for thieves, and it makes one of my top games from 2016 that much better.

Game On!
Marti – The Fluffy Meeple

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