Cargo Noir*

Cargo Noir transports players to a 1950s noir world, where they lead smuggling families vying for wealth through illicit trade. Created by Serge Laget, this game combines strategic bidding with a sleek, underworld theme, inviting players to navigate the globe from Hong Kong to New York, outbidding rivals for precious cargo.

Gameplay Overview

  • Strategic Auctions: Players visit various ports to bid on cargo, with the option to raise the stakes or retreat.
  • Expand Your Fleet: Use acquired goods to grow your fleet, enabling exploration of more ports each turn.
  • Collect and Trade: Accumulate a variety of goods, then trade them for Victory Spoils or other strategic advantages.

Special Features

  • Engaging Theme: Immerse yourself in a thematic experience of smuggling in the noir era.
  • Simple Yet Deep: The core auction mechanism is straightforward but unfolds into rich strategic gameplay.
  • Multiple Paths to Victory: Decide whether to expand your fleet, hoard valuable goods, or pursue other strategies to win.


With its blend of simple mechanics and deep strategic play, Cargo Noir offers a compelling experience for gamers looking for a mix of tension, decision-making, and thematic immersion. Whether you're quietly amassing a fortune in smuggled goods or aggressively expanding your control over the world's ports, Cargo Noir will challenge your tactical acumen and transport you to a bygone era of mystery and intrigue.

Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

  • 2 - 5 Players
  • 30 - 90 Minutes
  • 8+ years old
  • Easy to learn

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