There really is a sense of urgency as the game unfolds. As that tension escalates, it also becomes more and more important to work in harmony with one another. Without players sharing ideas and resources, it is nearly impossible to win.
Each player plays as one of the six councilors and that will make the game experience feel much different each time through. There are knowledge and component cards to help the gamers as well as misfortune cards that will move toward sinking the effort.
All of the game’s components are top drawer. They are functional, but also substantial and attractive. They support the theme well and do a good job of keeping the players immersed in the theme of the game.
If there is any downside, it is that the game won’t be easily taught. There are about 20 different items in the game that must be identified and explained to get a news player rolling. But it is far from insurmountable.
Atlantis Rising isn’t for players who really want to defeat their gaming partners. But as a game that forces cooperation in a good game engine with a believable theme, this game gets very high marks.