Brand new publisher Igramoon Spieleverlag is ready to launch its debut effort – Expedition Sumatra – at Spiel 2010. It sounds like an interesting concept and here’s a a copy of the game description from the publisher:
On behalf of the most famous zoological gardens of the Western world, a few teams of big game hunters have set out to the jungle of Sumatra to catch some nearly extinct species for the benefit of posterity. While the black market also lures sellers with attractive prices, the inhabitants of the island have a say in the matter as well.
Expedition Sumatra is a family game that leads the players into the dense primeval forest of this Indonesian island. By cleverly flipping and rotating the path tiles, they have to build new roads through the jungle, track down rare animals and load them onto their ships, which circle around the island.
Like the vegetation in a jungle, the board of Expedition Sumatra is constantly changing its appearance: old paths vanish while new ones appear, as the players search for animals hidden in the forest. And each tile that is flipped raises the question anew: Will the hunt be successful, or will there be only deserted paths or possibly even a native lurking, ready to take the hard-won animals back to the jungle?
1 game board
50 double-sided path tiles
18 cargo holds
4 trucks with large loading space
4 trucks with small loading space
38 animal markers (2 muntjacs, 6 elephants, 8 rhinoceroses, 10 tigers, 12 orang-utans)
4 action markers
2 game rules (German and English)
This could be one to watch.