Hellapagos is a game of survival and treachery, aptly termed a "co-opetition," where players must cooperate to some extent but ultimately look out for themselves. Stranded on a desert island with limited resources, up to twelve players must negotiate and strategize to gather supplies, build a raft, and escape before a looming hurricane destroys everything. However, not all players may make it off the island due to the scarce availability of food and water.

Gameplay Overview

  • Resource Management: Players collect scarce resources like water and food to survive while contributing to the raft construction.
  • Strategic Negotiation: Cooperation is necessary, but as resources dwindle, players face tough decisions about who gets to stay and who must go.

Special Features

  • Survival Mechanics: The game emphasizes survival under resource constraints, forcing players into difficult decisions.
  • Escape Objective: Building a raft is the ultimate goal, but only a limited number of players can escape, leading to fierce competition and alliances.


Hellapagos combines elements of cooperation with cutthroat competition, creating a tense and engaging gameplay environment. It's ideal for larger groups looking for a game that blends strategy, social deduction, and negotiation with the dramatic setting of a survival adventure. Whether forming temporary alliances or making tough decisions for the greater good, players will find themselves immersed in a desperate race against time and nature.

Nominated for 1 award.

  • 3 - 12 Players
  • 20 Minutes
  • 8+ years old
  • Immediately playable

We like Hellapagos so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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