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Lost Ruins of Arnak (2020) is a collecting game where you explore an uninhabited ancient island. You play Action cards to find resources, defeat monsters and uncover treasures. It is a game about overcoming your limitations and fears in order to fully uncover the secrets and treasures that Arnak has to offer.

You play as a group of explorers, who find an uninhabited island covered in the ruins of an ancient civilisation. Each round you are dealt just six cards which limit your actions and force you into hard choices about how to progress. This results in a knife-edge struggle to eke out your measly resources as you work to discover new locations, defeat monsters, complete research and ultimately earn victory points.

Get this right and you can start to progress more quickly. Discovering new locations results in more treasure which enables you to buy cards for more actions per round. You can even unlock helpers who give you useful resources along the way. After five rounds, the person with the most victory points is the winner.

So what starts as a game of exploration, quickly becomes an exercise in resource management where you have to work with your limited team of archaeologists to maximise what they can uncover before the game is over.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Lost Ruins of Arnak 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
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This is a Battle and Collecting game with Strategy elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 1 hour to learn. This is a complex game with lots of ways to earn victory points. You need to fully understand the four main types of action and how the cards enable you to use these actions before you can really begin to move from grasping the game to discovering your own strategies.

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need lots of patience and the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. They also need to be happy to learn a large number of rules.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 7+ years-olds. There are guardian monsters who are depicted in the game's artwork, which younger players may find disturbing.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Battle, Collecting and Strategy

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: Board, Cards, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Czech Games (@CzechGames)

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