Players: 2-5

Duration: 30-45

Age: 8+

First edition:


  • Spiel des Jahres 2001 Recommended list
  • Deutscher Spiele Preis 2001 6° Place
  • Spiel der Spiele 2001 Best game for families
  • As D’Or 2001 Jeu tactique
  • Nederlandse Spellenprijs 2002 Winner
  • Net Jeux 2001 4° Place

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The game recalls the legendary 1672 escape, of a large group of pirates from the dreaded fortress of Cartagena. Each player has a crew of 6 fugitives which he tries to hurry trough the long and tortuous underground passage that connects the fortress to the waterfront. But the task is not easy, because in order to move pirates forward in the passage you must play appropriate cards, of which you have only a few, while to replenish your cards, you must move pirates backwards again… To balance these conflicting needs requires good timing and judgement. The first player who succeeds in bringing his 6 pirates to the end of the passage and aboard a waiting sloop wins the game.


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The game

The rules of the game are simple and easy to learn, and they offer two ways of playing: a faster way that gives more scope to luck and a tactical way that requires more skill. Players can choose which way they like more.

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The game set shown as in an example included in the box

Cartagena continues through another game, Cartagena 2 by Leo Colovini.
Since 2008 Cartagena has also become a series of games published by Winning Moves that, besides the two basical games, includes titles by other authors, such as Die Goldinsel, by Rüdiger Dorn and Cartagena – Die Meuterei, by Michael Rieneck.

Linked games: Wielka ucieczkaCartagena (2017), Cartagena (Ravensburger), Cartagena 2, Cartagena App, European Games Vol.1

A nice “Lego” version of Cartagena by Thierry Gagnot

List of editions
  • 2000, Cartagena - Flucht aus der Festung
    (Tedesco, Inglese) (prima edizione)
  • 2006, Cartagena
  • 2000, Cartagena - La grande fuga
    (Italiano, Inglese, Francese)
  • 2006, Cartagena - Escape from the fortress
  • 2005, Cartagena - Les évadés de Cartagena
  • 2008, Cartagena - Die Flucht
  • 2006, Cartagena 1 - Flucht aus der Festung
  • 2000, Cartagena - Fuite de la fortresse
    (Francese, Inglese, Italiano)
  • 2000, Cartagena - Escape from the fortresse
    (Inglese, Francese, Italiano)
  • 2001, Cartagena
  • 2002, Cartagena - Vlucht uit het fort
  • 2006, Cartagena 1 - La grande fuga
  • 2009, Cartagena - La Fuga
  • 2009, Cartagena - The escape
  • 2009,
    Cartagena - l'Évasion
  • 2009, Cartagena
    (Islandese, Svedese, Norvegese, Danese)
  • 2012, Kartagena