Time to Walk the Plank, Matey.

Time to Walk the Plank, Matey.


We’re no strangers to water-themed games. Among some that we’ve featured are waterproof games, avoiding becoming shark bait, battling pirates, catching fish, jumping between lily pads and even underwater robots. Each and every one has been a different style of game from the others using different mechanics. Well we’ve found another one. This one involves pirates. Again. What is it about pirates that we like so much?

Maybe it’s an opportunity to be evil but not in an evil way. Maybe it’s because we get to yell “Arrr!” and “Aye Aye” and people don’t look at us like we’re nuts. Alright. I admit it. They look at us like we’re kind of nuts, but that’s okay.

Last pirate on the boat wins in Walk the Plank by Mayday Games. - SahmReviews.com

Maybe it’s because we can make people walk the plank. That’s exactly the premise of our newest game, Walk the Plank from Mayday Games. The goal is to get everyone else to walk the plank and fall into the water before they turn the tables and do it to you. To win, simply be among the last two pirates standing.

Walk the Plank is a quick and easy game for up to 5 players. - SahmReviews.com

The game includes three pirate pawns and a deck of 10 cards for each participant. Players take turns playing their cards in order to navigate their opponents onto the plank and ultimately off the end of it. Sounds easy, right? It is except the other pirates on the ship are all doing the same thing as you.

Walk the Plank is a quick and easy game for up to 5 players. - SahmReviews.com

Each player has the same 10 cards to choose each with a different action type. Some are offensive (Charge, Shove Right, Shove Left, Shove Anyone, Extend the Plank), some are defensive (Pull to Ship, Drag to Sea, I Don’t Wan’a Die). Of course, there are a few (Retract the Plank, Run Around) that you may think will help you advance in the game but may end up hurting you based on what other actions others have taken. Some cards can be played every round while more powerful cards can only be played every other round.

Decide what cards you're going to play and hope someone else doesn't make you Walk the Plank. - SahmReviews.com  Walk the Plank and into the water we go. - SahmReviews.com
At the beginning of each round, players secretly select three cards from their deck to play during that round. Play rotates clockwise with each player revealing the first of their three cards and following the actions on the card. Once all three cards have been played by each pirate, the round is over and selection of new cards begins.

Retract the Plank and someone is going in the water! - SahmReviews.com

When someone plays the “Retract the Plank” card, that tile is removed from the board until someone plays a card to extend the plank again. Depending on how daring the other pirates are, you may find that the plank gets retracted allowing for a REALLY quick game. If everyone is playing conservatively and continually adding a plank back, the game will last a little longer. However it only take a few times of people retracting the plank and pirates will quickly start plummeting into the water. On a side note, we liked feeling like there was actual water under our boat so we used a piece of scrapbook paper with water to create the effect.

Walk the Plank is a quick game for 3-5 players ages 8 and up. While it doesn’t involve deep strategic thinking, it does require the ability to thinking a round or two ahead since some cards cannot be played every round. It’s a great game when you’re looking for something light or don’t have a lot of time.

You can keep up with the latest Mayday Games by following them on Facebook and Twitter. Walk the Plank is available on Amazon for under $17 or direct from Mayday Games on their website.

Who will you want to make walk the plank?

Nicole Brady

About Nicole Brady

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

18 comments on «Time to Walk the Plank, Matey.»

  1. Aubrey says:

    I love board games.I’m always looking for new ones to play with the kids.

  2. Oh that is really neat. We try to play a board game at least once a week. I have to look into this one to play with everyone.

  3. This looks like a really fun game. I love that it’s a simple game that the whole family can play, and yet it has a fun factor for any age.

  4. Looks like an awesome game! My kids would really enjoy playing this on the weekend!

  5. We love to play board games as a family!! This looks like it would be a ton of fun for the family to play.

  6. Taylor says:

    Looks like a fun game! When my daughter is old enough to play we’ll have to check this out.

  7. Breanna says:

    What fun games! Board games are so much fun, and definitely a great family activity. I’m looking forward to many family game nights when our boys are a little bit older!

  8. Sojourner says:

    Very cool. This looks like such a fun game. My son would appreciate this one for sure.

  9. I haven’t played a board game in years, but now that I have a new grandson, I’m sure the day will come that I’ll be playing again. Nice to hear about different ones from you. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

  10. Kristin says:

    I love the sound of this! We really need to find some new board games, too…we always play the same ones over and over. It gets boring!

  11. Jeanette says:

    Mu kiddo would love this game. He is a big game player and pirates are high on his list! This will be our out hit list for the next game to try!

    1. Scott says:

      If he loves pirates, be sure to check out tomorrow’s post!

  12. Jenn says:

    This looks like such a fun family game! I know my sons would love it, they are all about the pirates these days.

    1. Scott says:

      Tomorrow’s game highlight is full of pirates also – I’ll bet they’ll like that one too!

  13. This looks like a really fun game! I will definitely keep this in mind for my boys!

  14. Krista says:

    This looks like a fun game – my nephew (who is big on pirates and anything pirate related) would love this!

  15. Dave Racette says:

    Another fun looking family game!! Thanks for the review!!

  16. Ryan D Baker says:

    I’m going to have to check this one out!

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