Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island Story Game Overview

Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island Story Game Overview

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One of our favorite series of games is the Exit line by Kosmos. If you haven’t played, it’s an ongoing string of escape room games that are filled with puzzles, challenges and brain teasers. You really have to be able to think outside the box to successfully complete one in the allotted time. In a year where real-life escape rooms aren’t a thing, they’ve been a great escape from reality (pun intended).

We’ve recently discovered another series of games from the same company. Kosmos’ Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island is the third issue in the line and has us wishing we had discovered them earlier! The best thing to compare them to is those old choose-your-own-path set of books from decades ago. Each turn you will decide where to move, what locations to explore and what to do with what you find. All along you’ll uncover more of the story, eventually leading to a final chapter to close out the experience.

Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island by Kosmos is kindof like an escape room - except the room is an island. Work together to learn more about the smugglers! - SahmReviews.com

Much like an escape room game, it is next to impossible to tell you a lot about the gameplay without spoiling parts of it for you. Inside the box you’ll find a large deck of location cards, four smaller decks of different-numbered adventure cards and various tokens and player standees. All cards are kept face-down and are not revealed unless the game tells you to. Additionally, an adventure book will guide you through the story and game. Resist all temptation of thumbing through it!

Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island by Kosmos is kindof like an escape room - except the room is an island. Work together to learn more about the smugglers! - SahmReviews.com

At the beginning of Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island you will reveal the “A” location card as a starting point and the T1 and T2 cards which help you track your team’s level. This is a cooperative game and it is highly suggested you take notes as you go along to help you keep things in order. The game is broken up into four chapters, with three of them taking about 75 minutes each and one nearly 2 1/2 hours! Fortunately, every item and card is numbered so you can easily take a photo and/or write down where you are in the game so you can save your progress and pick up at a later time.

Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island by Kosmos is kindof like an escape room - except the room is an island. Work together to learn more about the smugglers! - SahmReviews.com

Turns happen in clockwise order and you will always do the same things. First, you’ll move your character to a face-up location card or to another location on the same card you are on (or remain in the same spot). Next, if you moved to a location that has not been revealed as of yet, you’ll do so and read the corresponding entry in the adventure book. If already revealed, you may re-read it at any time.

Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island by Kosmos is kindof like an escape room - except the room is an island. Work together to learn more about the smugglers! - SahmReviews.com

You’ll then take one action and only one action. You may explore a location, read the matching entry of the same three-digit number in the adventure book. This could unlock new adventure cards and/or give you more information about the story. Some locations change over the course of the game, so you may need to travel back to one you already visited to get the updated information!

Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island by Kosmos is kindof like an escape room - except the room is an island. Work together to learn more about the smugglers! - SahmReviews.com

Adventure cards are sometimes items that you carry. As another possible action, you can combine two cards, or a card and a location, to unlock something further. Usually their usage is obvious (like using a can opener to open a can), but other times it can be quite vague. Items can be combined at any location, but if using an item with a location card, it must be done at that specific spot. To find out the results of a combination, append the highest number to the end of the lowest number on the cards and look up the entry (four- or five-digits) in the adventure book.

Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island by Kosmos is kindof like an escape room - except the room is an island. Work together to learn more about the smugglers! - SahmReviews.com

To cut down on reading you could elect to use the Kosmos Helper App (iOS, Android) to immerse you into the game and keep your team on track. If you ever find yourself stuck, you may choose to look up the number of an adventure or location card in the last pages of the rulebook to get a hint that won’t spoil the story for you. Here’s a free one – the story has two complete endings so you’ll want to play through a second time (at least) so you can experience both scenarios! That’s a full 750 minutes of entertainment in one box! It’s one of the many reasons we suggested it in this year’s gift guide of games for teens and adults!

You can find in-stock examples of Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island at your local game store, direct from Kosmos on their website or via Amazon with free Prime delivery. We’ve already heard there will be additional titles in the Adventure Games line, so keep track of them by following Kosmos on Facebook or Twitter!

Have you played any of the other Adventure Games scenarios?

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

54 comments on «Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island Story Game Overview»

  1. Lindsay says:

    Sounds fun, we haven’t played this game yet!

  2. Brenden says:

    I have not played any of the other scenarios!

  3. Sue E says:

    WOW! 750 minutes of fun?? Wow again I say!
    I love that there are 2 different endings!
    I don’t remember playing other adventure games like this one. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Wendy Green says:

    Oooh haven’t played any of these adventure games but it sounds awesome!

  5. Mia E. says:

    I have not played any Adventure games like this one before.

  6. Tony Platz says:

    I have not played any yet but this looks fun .

  7. Jordan Binkerd says:

    No, but it looks awesome!

  8. James Hamilton says:

    I haven’t but I definitely want to. I watched Board Game Geek’s Game Night play the dungeon one, and kept shouting at the screen because it took them a while to figure out puzzles.

  9. Logan Mzz says:

    Sounds like an interesting alternative to 7th Continent … Curious to test it with my children on occasion.

  10. Levi Byers says:

    I haven’t played any of the Adventure Games yet. They look great!!

  11. Sarah says:

    I haven’t played any of these yet, but they do look very good!

  12. Woody says:

    Haven’t played any of these, they sound great but, personally, the artwork isn’t really doing it for me.

  13. Camille B says:

    I am looking forward to playing this since in-person escape rooms are still not happening here, and I need my fix! X-D

  14. Vinc Lacou says:

    I have not, but I’m really excited to try them out with my gaming group.

  15. SCL says:

    Just picked up Unlock as our first “escape” game. This looks interesting too!

  16. Piroska says:

    I haven’t played any of these games, but they sure look interesting!

  17. Monica McConnell says:

    I have not but I would love to try bc I love games

  18. Tony Platz says:

    I have not played any yet .

  19. Bennet Rosenthal says:

    I hanen’t played any of the “Adventure Games”, but the solo suitability makes it very attractive during lockdown. Which to start with?

  20. Michael Shea says:

    Adventure Games: Monochrome Inc. Board Game

  21. Debra Branigan says:

    No, I have not played any games from this line, but I can see that they would be great for my son’s family. I am checking the website out for possibilities.

  22. KC says:

    I haven’t played these but looks like something I’d enjoy!

  23. Ed says:

    I have not played any other titles in this line.

  24. Josh Christian says:

    I haven’t played any of the Adventure Games, but they look like a blast!

  25. Andrew Gillen says:

    I have not played any of these games yet, but I read about a squillion choose your own adventure books as a kid so the comparison piques my interest.

  26. Shirley O says:

    I have not played any Adventure games like this one before.

  27. Rachael DeBates says:

    Alien is one Ive played before!

  28. McKnight says:

    Haven’t played any of them.

  29. Anthony P Moss says:

    Looks like fun

  30. Chad says:

    I’ve never played any of these.

  31. Benjamin K. says:

    I haven’t played any of these! But they look awesome and would love to. One day, one day…

  32. Camille B says:

    I have never played any of those, but they do look fun 🙂

  33. Eileen June Boyce says:

    Sounds like a good time!

  34. Fred Jones says:

    Great review, Scott! Looks like fun.

  35. Frankie Pinnix says:

    I have not played any of the Adventure game scenarios yet, but I’d like to.

  36. John Moldt says:

    Haven’t played yet

  37. Kelly VanAuken says:

    I have not played any Adventure Games from this line.

  38. Clint Cabrera says:

    I have played none of these games

  39. Dena Akbar says:

    I have played none of these games

  40. MannyDread says:

    Wow this looks really fantastic! Glad I stumbled on this.

  41. Wanda B says:

    So far we haven’t played any of these games.

  42. Frankie Pinnix says:

    I haven’t played any games from this line, but I’d like to!

  43. Ben du Toit says:

    haven’t tried any other titles yet, but looking forward to

  44. Andrei Oprea says:

    Haven’t played it yet…but going to research it and probably get my hands on it!

  45. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I have not played any of them yet

  46. Ruth says:

    Have not played any.

  47. Mitchell D says:

    Haven’t played any of these

  48. Krista says:

    I have not played any yet, but we got one for Christmas, so it’s in the to-be-played pile!

  49. John Dickson says:

    No have not.

  50. Kelly Freeman says:

    This is the only one I’ve tried.

  51. Lauryn R says:

    I have never played any of the adventure game scenarios! This looks like a lot of fun.

  52. James says:

    I’d really like to try these. I haven’t played any of them yet

  53. Hoa Do says:

    I’ve not played any of these games before.

  54. James says:

    I haven’t played any of these

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