- Player Count: 1-4
- Play Time: 30-90 mins
- Age: 13+
- Genre: Naval War
- Play Style: Cooperative, Combat
- Key Mechanic: Hand Management
Clear the Decks! – Ship’s crew (Players) work together to firstly disarm a target ship, and then sink it. The length of play varies with the type of target ship chosen. Players start with a basic sail ship crew, three cannons and ammunition of differing weights and style. On your turn, by selecting the best combination of attack cards available in your hand, you work together to try and diffuse the potential enemy attacks, sometimes successfully and other times not. Once the ship has been neutralised phase 2 begins and the real work of sinking the vessel takes place. The game is won if you can sink the target ship fully.
Also see the optional player mats here.
This is one of our favourite co-operative games, with fantastic artwork and an attention to detail that really does the theme justice. Especially ideal if you’re a fan of Horatio Hornblower! If Zara didn’t forbid it I’d wear a tri-corn hat and view the cards through a tiny telescope for even further immersion when playing – Tim
More information on BGG here.