Danger island

14th March 2003 at 00:00

This game for two or more is designed to support the citizenship and PSHE schemes of work.

Give each player a "Lend a hand" (LAH) card. Players throw a dice to see who moves first. If you land on the foot of a ladder, go up it. If you land on a snake's tail, wait until another player also lands on one. This player chooses whether to help the first trapped player or not. If he or she agrees to help, the first trapped player moves on their next turn without going down the snake and the helper keeps their LAH card. If the second trapped player does not help, they play on as normal, but lose their LAH card; the first player slides down the snake. If two or more players are stranded on snakes without LAH cards, others can choose to help all those stuck if they too land on a snake , or not help anyone, provided they have their cards. If no LAH cards are left, players simply slide down the snakes without waiting.

If you land on a "decision time" square, pick a decision card. All players must agree on a decision before anyone can move on.

Suggested "Decision-time" card text:

Card 1

You have found a coconut tree but there aren't many coconuts on it. Do you: (a) keep it to yourself.

(b) just tell your friends.

(c) tell everyone and share the coconuts.

Card 2

A storm is coming. Do you:

(a) build a shelter.

(b) gather food to keep you going until it blows itself out.

(c) get everything out of your wrecked ship before the storm washes it away.

Card 3

What is the best way to signal passing ships?

(a) Build a fire and send smoke signals.

(b) Build a radio out of bits from the wreck.

(c) Get someone to stand on the cliff-top with a large white flag.

Card 4

You have spotted human footprints. There are natives on the island. What do you do?

(a) Launch an attack on their settlement - they could be enemies.

(b) Visit them and try to make friends.

(c) Keep away from them and hope they will leave you alone.

Card 5

You find a boat but it can only hold a few castaways. Who should go home first?

(a) The weakest, because they need help quickly.

(B) The strongest, because they can get back to rescue the others a lot quicker.

(c) Draw lots so it is fair for everyone.

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