After a childhood fascination with the Bermuda Triangle this particular game was on my want list since I first saw it in a charity shop (at a stupidly expensive price) years ago. I then managed to pick up a copy for a much more reasonable price online, but I always assumed it would be incredibly complicated to play and so it sat on the shelf for ages. When we finally got it down to play though we realised just how wrong our assumptions were. It’s actually an incredibly straightforward game, but one with a lovely random mechanism to keep you on your toes.
Aim of Bermuda Triangle
The aim of the game is simple enough – follow a route through the sea, around 4 different ports and collect goods as you do so. The first to have goods (sugar, timber, oil and bananas) worth £350,000 wins the game. But, and it’s a large but, the ports are around the bit of the Atlantic Ocean where boats and planes have disappeared. In what is known as the Bermuda Triangle.
The way the Bermuda Triangle manifests itself in the game is in the form of a large plastic storm cloud that can rotate around a circular base on the map.
After each round a spin of a spinner dictates how the cloud both rotates and moves around the board. In the centre of the cloud is a small viewing hole, and through this you can see the grid underneath. You physically move the cloud along this grid as dictated by the spinner, and then rotate it. In doing so it might knock players’ boats off course, or even make them disappear entirely. Each of the little boat playing pieces has a small magnet on top and the base of the cloud contains sections which also contain magnets, meaning the pieces can be picked up by the cloud.
The route around the board is simple enough, but with a limit on how many boats are allowed in a port at any one time there can be a nice bit of strategy in terms of trying to block ports for your opponents. The swirling cloud and its movements are so unpredictable though that in just one move it can easily take out everything at a port or several boats at sea. Depending on where it is positioned it can also stop players from moving in the directions they want.
What we thought of Bermuda Triangle
We really enjoyed playing Bermuda Triangle and found it a nice simple, quick game at the end of a busy day. The cloud element made it so much more interesting than a simple roll and move game, and being a map lover I also really enjoyed the vintage map design on the game board.
We initially played a two player version and found that great fun, but adding in the kids for a 4 player version adds even more fun. Players can get strategic and try to block another player from a port, but at the end of the day the randomness of the Bermuda Triangle itself will help dictate who wins and who loses. The kids certainly love it as a quick before bed game, and it’s taught them all about the Bermuda Triangle too.
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