Spirit Island

(2 customer reviews)


In the most distant reaches of the world, magic still exists, embodied by spirits of the land, of the sky, and of every natural thing. As the great powers of Europe stretch their colonial empires further and further, they will inevitably lay claim to a place where spirits still hold power – and when they do, the land itself will fight back alongside the islanders who live there.


Spirit Island is a complex and thematic cooperative game about defending your island home from colonising Invaders. Players are different spirits of the land, each with its own unique elemental powers. Every turn, players simultaneously choose which of their power cards to play, paying energy to do so. Using combinations of power cards that match a spirit’s elemental affinities can grant free bonus effects. Faster powers take effect immediately, before the Invaders spread and ravage, but other magics are slower, requiring forethought and planning to use effectively. In the Spirit phase, spirits gain energy, and choose how / whether to Grow: to reclaim used power cards, to seek for new power, or to spread presence into new areas of the island.

Designer: R. Eric Reuss
Publisher: Greater Than Games
Player numbers: 1-4
Recommended Age: 13+
Game Time: 90-120 mins

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Awards & Honours:

2021 Gra Roku Advanced Game of the Year Nominee
2019 Spiel der Spiele Hit für Experten Recommended
2019 As d’Or – Jeu de l’Année Expert Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best Solo Board Game Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best Cooperative Game Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork & Presentation Nominee
2017 Cardboard Republic Striker Laurel Nominee
2017 Board Game Quest Awards Game of the Year Nominee
2017 Board Game Quest Awards Best Coop Game Winner
2017 Board Game Quest Awards Best Coop Game Nominee


Spirit Island Board Game Expansions and Accessories:

Spirit Island: Branch and Claw

Spirit Island: Jagged Earth

Spirit Island: Premium Token Pack

Spirit Island: Folded Space Insert


What’s in the box? Spirit Island Contents:

● 8 different Spirits, each with 4 Power Cards unique to that Spirit
● Over 50 distinct Major and Minor Power Cards which Spirits can grow into
● 4 modular Island Boards, for a variety of layouts
● Over 100 pieces for representing the Invaders and Dahan (native islanders)
● 15 Invader cards, driving a distinctive Invader expansion system
● 15 Fear cards, showing what happens as you terrify the Invader
● 3 multi-tier Adversaries (specific Invaders) for play variety and fine-tuned challenge: England, Brandenburg-Prussia, and Sweden
● 4 optional Scenarios for even more play variety

2 reviews for Spirit Island

  1. Rodney Franzoi

    In my opinion Spirit Island is the best cooperative game available. This is a heavy game, make no mistake of that. It can be complicated to teach to new gamers, but it is so worth it. This game thrives on player interaction. Working out together how to make the best use of your Spirits powers to cause maximum destruction to the invading settlers. Generate fear to scare them off of just destroy as many of them as possible. If I could give 6 stars I would

  2. Telina

    Fantastic, immersive, and challenging co-op game! It’s probably the best game I’ve ever played. The spirits are all interesting in their own way and no two are alike. The invaders are always a challenge to defeat no matter whether you chase them away with your fearful nature or destructive power. It’s not a game you will always win but we get more wins than losses.

    This game has the ultimate level of replayability when you mix in the adversaries and scenarios. No two games will be the same. Ever. We played this game every night for over a month and it is still interesting. Add in the two expansions for even more awesomeness and you’ll have an absolutely epic game.

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