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Can You Survive?
It’s 1607 and you are among 104 colonists who have landed on the shores of America. Your goal? Stay alive for one year. Test your luck and your wits against the untamed wilderness of the New World.
It’s Spring 1607. Can you make it to 1608?
Welcome to the New World
Watch the intro video, choose a character and get ready to play!
Grab a Life Chart
Move your beads to track your Health, Food, Wealth and Morale.
If any of your beads hit zero, Yer Dead!
Answer questions to determine which path to take and which challenges await you.
Where to Settle?
There are many places where you could drop anchor and build your settlement. All have their strengths and weaknesses.
Choose Your Water Source
Water, water everywhere! But river, ocean or well – which one increases your chances of survival?
River Species Puzzle
You’ve landed in a new world filled with plants and animals you’ve never seen. Earn points if you can identify them.
Rocky Falls Climbing Wall
Can you cross the rocky falls of the James River? Challenge yourself on the 12-foot horizontal climbing wall.
Wheel of Misfortune
As you pass through each season, you must spin a wheel, even if it kills you!
But if you’re resourceful, you can endure what fate throws at you.
Food or Gold?
You’re here to find gold. But it will be hard to dig if you’re hungry. Your choice may be a matter of life or death.
Fools for Gold
Use a magnetic wand to drag mystery minerals to the surface. Gain or lose points depending on what you uncover.
What to Plant
Will you pick something familiar, or choose what will grow best in this new land?
Who Will Work?
A gentlemen never works, but will he buck tradition to survive the year?
Wilderness Survival Challenge
Discover native plants and animals you’ve never seen. First, what is it? Second, can you eat it?
Lasso a Sturgeon
Sturgeon were so plentiful that colonists were able to catch them with a lasso. Give it a try and gain food points.
Turtles are tasty, and come in their own bowl! Simulate the food gathering process of this colonial staple by scraping a turtle shell.
Ship to Shore Monorail
Zip to land to catch the largest sturgeon you’ll ever see…
…and earn dinner and life points.
Have any of your beads hit zero? If so, goodbye and thanks for playing.
You’ve made it to the Fall!
Resource Grab Bag
Trial and error is dangerous, but you have to learn what to eat somehow! Reach in to see how you fare in the search for food and resources.
The Nose Knows
See if you can sniff out these New World products for old world markets.
Some smells are more pleasant than others!
The New World was a great source of raw materials. Match a few to their finished products for items to sell back in England.
Trees in the New World were gigantic! Crawl through a fallen Cypress log to earn points while learning about the many uses of timber.
Are you low on food but high on wealth? Trade with other colonists to increase your chances of getting through the winter.
Pop yourself into this winter settlement scene and walk away with a keepsake photo.
Dressed for Success?
Try on some gentleman’s duds and see how suited they are for life in the New World.
Did You Survive?
Did your character survive in real life? See who made it through, and who wasn’t so lucky.
Spin the giant wheel and venture back into the maze for a bonus wildlife search in each of the four seasons.
Build your own Jamestown fort. Enlist helpers so you can complete the challenge.
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