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How To Play

Burgle Bros is a cooperative rogue-like puzzle game with tile exploration and problem solving.


Open all safes and then escape with the loot through the Stairs on the top floor. All members of the heist team need to make it to the roof to win, if one person loses all of their stealth tokens and is caught by the guard again the whole team loses.

On Your Turn

Take up to 4 actions, then the guard will move on your current floor. If you take 2 or fewer actions on your turn an event will be triggered. You can perform the actions in any order and you can do the same action multiple times in a turn if possible.


Peek: Reveal an adjacent room tile.

Move: Move to an adjacent room tile. If it is unrevealed, reveal it.

Tile specific actions: Hack a computer -OR- add a Die to a Safe (costs 2 actions) -OR- Crack a Safe

Character ability: Use your Character ability, if available. Depending on your Character, this may require one or more actions, or may be a free action.

Use Tools (free): Discard a Tools card and apply its effect.

Trade (free): Players in the same tile may give and take Tools and Loot (with the player's permission).

Cracking Safes

Once you have located a safe tile, you need to make sure all the tiles that are in the same row and column as the safe tile are revealed. For example if the safe tile is in A1 then all the tiles in the A column and all the tiles in row 1 need to be revealed so A2, A3, A4, B1, C1, and D1. During your turn you may add a die to a safe for 2 actions. The maximum amount of dice allowed to be added to a safe tile is 6. Then once all the tiles are revealed in the row and column of the safe you can roll the all dice that are on the safe tile to attempt to "crack" the safe. The combination of the safe is the small numbers on the lower right corner of the tiles that are in the same row and column as the safe. For example if the numbers on the lower right corner of the room tiles are 1, 3, 1, 4, 6, and 3 you will need to roll the dice until you roll a 1, 3, 4, and 6. You do not need to roll a 3 multiple times to unlock all the tiles with 3 on them. Small green circle tokens will appear on room tiles that match the numbers rolled. Once all the required numbers have been rolled the safe will open and give you a tool and a loot card.


The default scenario is the Bank Job, the beginner scenario is the Office Job, and the Fort Knox Job has a larger layout.

The Bank Job

The building is 3 floors arranged in a grid of 4x4 room tiles so 16 tiles per floor. There will be 1 safe and 1 stairs per each floor. All the tiles listed in tile distribution will be in the building.

The Office Job

This job is good for beginners. The building is 2 floors and has 16 tiles per floor. There will be 1 safe and 1 stairs per floor so a total of 2 safes and 2 stairs in the building. The tile distribution is different for the Office Job. There will be 3 camera tiles, 2 fingerprint tiles, 2 laser tiles, 2 motion tiles, 2 thermo tiles, 2 deadbolt tiles, 2 keypad tiles, 2 foyer tiles, 2 secret door tiles, 2 service duct tiles, 1 laboratory tile, 1 lavatory tile, 2 walkway tiles, and 3 computer tiles.

The Fort Knox Job

In this job the building is 2 floors and has a 5x5 layout. There will be 24 tiles and an empty space (grey square surrounded by walls - consider it a support beam) on each floor. Both floors will have at least one stairs and safe the remaining pair will be randomly distributed into the floors.

Tile Distribution

The Bank Job and The Fort Knox Job will have the tile distribution below. See The Office Job for its tile distribution.

1 - Lavatory

2 - Atrium, Foyer, Secret Door, Service Duct, Laboratory

3 - Computer, Deadbolt, Detector, Fingerprint, Keypad, Laser, Motion, Safe, Stairs, Thermo, Walkway

4 - Camera

Room Tiles

Atrium - You may peek up or down a floor at the adjacent tile and you can also be seen from guards above and below this tile. If a guard on another floor moves directly above or below this tile while you are in it you will lose a stealth token.

Camera - If a guard is on camera on any floor when a player enters this tile, an alarm is triggered on it.

Computer - You must be in a computer room to take the hack action. Tokens a computer room can be used to cancel an alarm of the matching type on any floor. There are 3 types of computers: fingerprint, laser and motion. Maximum 6 tokens per computer room.

Deadbolt - You must spend 3 actions to enter this tile if it has no other players or guards on it. If you attempt to enter this tile when it is unrevealed, the action is wasted.

Detector (Alarm) - If you move into this tile while holding a loot or tool, an alarm is triggered on it.

Fingerprint (Alarm) - When you enter this tile, an alarm is triggered on it.

Foyer - You can be seen by a guard in this tile if the guard is in a tile adjacent to it.

Keypad - When you attempt to move into this tile while it is locked, roll a number of dice equal to the number of attempts you made on this turn (including this one). If any of them is a 6, this tile is unlocked and you enter it, otherwise the action is wasted.

Laboratory - The first player who enter this tile draws a tool.

Lavatory - When revealed 3 stealth tokens are placed on this tile. If the guard enters this tile when you are in it, a stealth token on the tile will be removed instead of from your own. If more than one person is on the lavatory tile when the guard enters then that many stealth tokens will be removed from the tile. Once the stealth tokens are used up from the tile then you will lose stealth tokens as normal.

Laser (Alarm) - When you enter this tile, you must spend 2 actions or an alarm is triggered on it.

Motion (Alarm) - If a player enters this tile without ending their turn on it, an alarm is triggered on it.

Safe - You must be in a safe to add a die into it or crack that safe. Safes start with no dice and can have at most 6 die.

Secret door - You may enter onto this tile through walls (but not the other way around).

Service duct - If both service ducts are discovered, you can move from one to another, even if they are on different floors.

Stairs - A downstairs token is put onto the corresponding tile on the upper floor, unless it is the highest floor. You may move and peek from the stairs to its corresponding downstairs tile, and you can move from that tile to the stairs. The stairs on the highest floor is used to escape to the roof after all loots are discovered.

Thermo (Alarm) - If you end your turn on this tile, an alarm is triggered on it.

Walkway - If you enter this tile while it is unrevealed, you fall onto the corresponding tile on the floor below it, unless it is the lowest floor. Falling does not count as entering. While on a walkway tile you can peek down on the tile below if unrevealed.


Guard's destination and distance is indicated by guard die. Destination is determined by the top card drawn from the Patrol deck and guards always takes the shortest path. If two paths are equal distance the most clockwise path is used. When multiple paths can be taken in the same number of moves, the guard prefers to take the left most path at a fork. They will move one additional tile per triggered alarm. Once they reach their destination a new destination is set and move immediately if there is any remaining unused movement. Triggered alarms will change their destination. After cracking a safe, each guard on the current floor and each guard below the current floor are aware of the safe being cracked, thus they increase their movement speed by 1 permanently.

Each time the patrol deck runs out and gets reshuffled, the movement speed of the guard on that floor is increased by 1 permanently, with a max of 6.


All characters have a basic ability and an advanced ability, depending on the table settings you may get to chose which ability your character will have for the game.

The Acrobat (Retired Performer)

Flexibility (Basic ability): You may move into a tile with a guard as a free action (multiple times per turn) and will not lose a stealth token if you leave the tile before the guard moves (meaning you leave the tile with the guard before ending your turn in order to not lose stealth).

Climb Window (Advanced ability): If you are on a perimeter tile (or next to the empty tile in Fort Knox) you may spend 3 actions to move up or down one floor to the corresponding tile, all movement rules for trying to enter a tile still apply, doing so immediately ends your turn

The Hacker (Computer Guy)

Jammer (Basic ability): You do not trigger fingerprint, laser, or motion tiles and other players will not trigger those tiles if you are there. The ability is not optional and does not apply to detector and thermo tiles.

Laptop (Advanced ability): You can add a hack token to yourself as an action. This token can be used as a fingerprint, laser or motion hack token by any player. You can only store up to one hack token on yourself.

The Hawk (Recon Pro)

X-Ray (Basic ability): As a free action, once per turn, you can peek through an adjacent wall to reveal a tile.

Enhance (Advanced ability): As a free action, once per turn, you may peek at a tile up to two spaces away. You cannot skip over unrevealed tiles and you cannot see through walls but you can use the ability to peek around corners and peek up stairs.

The Juicer (Electronics Expert)

Crybaby (Basic ability): As a free action (multiple times per turn), you may create an alarm in an adjacent tile, but not through walls.

Reroute (Advanced ability): As a free action, once per turn, you may pick up an active alarm on your tile and draw a new patrol card, or discard one of your alarm tokens to trigger an alarm.

The Peterman (Safecracker)

Steady Hands (Basic ability): Roll 1 additional die when rolling for the safe or keypad.

Drill (Advanced ability): You may add dice and roll on safes above or below your tile. However if you successfully open a safe using your ability, the loot and tool are placed on that tile instead, players who then enter that tile will have the option to pick up as much of the loot as they want to at that time, but all players must have all loot in order to escape.

The Raven (Maverick Falconer)

Distract (Basic ability): As a free action, you may place the crow up to two tiles away from your character, but not through walls. The guard loses one movement when entering a tile with the crow. The crow remains in that location until you move it again.

Disrupt (Advanced ability): As a free action, you may place the crow on your current tile. If the guard starts his movement on the same tile as the crow and there are no alarms, he loses all movement and the crow is returned to you.

The Rigger (Tinkerer Savant)

The Solution (Basic ability): You start with the dynamite tool. When any player finds a tool, they may draw two tools, keep one, and discard the other.

Tinker (Advanced ability): You can lose one stealth to draw a tool. When any player finds a tool, they may draw two tools, keep one, and discard the other.

The Rook (Mastermind)

Orders (Basic ability): As an action, once per turn, you may move another player one tile. Ignore move costs such as deadbolt or laser but follow other normal movement rules such as keypads and alarm tiles.

Disguise (Advanced ability): You may spend your first action swapping places with any player. This does not count as entering the tile for both of you. (Using a tool counts as a free action but still an action in respect to the advanced Rook's ability)

The Spotter (Psychic Gone Rogue)

Clairvoyance (Basic ability): As an action, once per turn, you may look at the top card of the patrol deck for your floor. Then choose to place it on the top or bottom of the deck.

Precognition (Advanced ability): As an action, once per turn, you may look at the top card of the event deck. Then choose to place it on the top or bottom of the deck.


You draw an event card if you use 2 or fewer actions on your turn, however you may not simply go back and forth between tiles to avoid an event. Some events benefit the guards, others the players. However, most events are subjective to the situation of the game and can help or hinder the team under the right circumstances.

Brown out - Alarm tokens on all floors are removed. A new patrol card will be drawn for each alarm removed this way.

Buddy system - Choose a character and move their meeple onto your current tile.

Change of plans - If there are no active alarms on your floor, the guard on your floor gets a new patrol card.

Crash! - If there are no active alarms on your floor, then the guard's new destination will be the current tile you are on.

Daydreaming - The guard on your floor has one less movement this turn.

Dead drop - Current player passes all tools and loot to the player on their right.

Espresso - The guard on your floor has one additional movement this turn.

Freight elevator - Fall up one floor, this can't be used as an escape method.

Go with your gut - If you are adjacent to an unrevealed tile, move on to it now, your choice if there is more than one unrevealed tile.

Gymnastics - Until your next turn, all players can walk onto a walkway tile above their current tile as if it were stairs.

Heads up! - The next player gains an additional action on their turn.

Jump the gun - Skip the next player's turn (including the guard movement).

Jury-rig - Gain a tool.

Keycode change - Any open keypad tiles are now locked again.

Lampshade - Gain a stealth token.

Lost grip - Fall down one floor.

Peekhole - You may peek at one adjacent tile, even through a wall or up/down floors (you may choose to ignore this event).

Reboot - All revealed computer rooms will reset to one hack token.

Shift change - Guard does not move on your floor, instead revealed guards on other floors move this turn.

Shoplifting - Alarms are triggered on all laboratory tiles that have had tools taken from them.

Squeak - The guard on your floor moves one tile towards the nearest character.

Switch signs - The guard on your floor and his destination swap positions.

Throw voice - Move the guard destination into an adjacent tile from its current location (following normal movement rules).

Time lock - Players cannot move up or down through stairs for one round.

Video loop - All camera tiles are disabled for one round.

Where is he? - Guard on your floor jumps to his current destination.


You get a loot when you crack a safe. It comes with a penalty and cannot be dropped, but you can give it to another player in the same tile as a free action if both players agree. All loot must be held by players for them to escape to the roof.

Bust - You cannot use tool cards, although you can still hold them.

Chihuahua - At the start of your turn, roll a die. If the result is 6, the dog barks and an alarm is triggered on your tile.

Cursed goblet - When it is drawn, the player who draws it lose one stealth, unless they have none.

Gemstone - You must spend an extra action to move into a tile with other players.

Gold bar - An extra gold bar is placed on the tile. Both must be picked up to win. A player may hold at most 1 gold bar.

Isotope - You trigger an alarm immediately if you move into a thermo tile.

Keycard - A safe cannot be cracked if the player with the keycard is not on it.

Mirror - You take one fewer action every turn, but you can now pass through laser tiles without needing to hack or trigger alarm.

Painting - You cannot use secret doors or service ducts. You can still move into and out of them normally.

Persian kitty - At the start of your turn, if it isn’t on a tile, roll a die. If the result is 1 or 2, it escapes 1 tile closer to the nearest alarm tile. While the kitty is on a tile no one owns so any player can pick it up and will gain the card. If the kitty is on a tile no one can escape.

Stamp - You draw an event card if you use 3 or fewer actions on your turn, instead of 2.

Tiara - If you move onto a tile adjacent to a guard, the guard will see you.


You get tools by cracking a safe, entering a laboratory for the first time, drawing specific event cards, or using the advanced Rigger’s special ability. You can use a tool as a free action on your turn by discarding it and apply its effect. You can give it to another player as a free action if both players agree, but you cannot drop them.

Blueprints - Peek at a tile anywhere on any floor.

Crowbar - Permanently disable an adjacent tile. It cannot block movement or trigger alarms.

Crystal ball - Draw the top 3 events and put them back in any order.

Donut - Select a guard. The next time he would move, he doesn’t move instead.

Dynamite - Destroy a wall adjacent to you. Trigger an alarm on your current tile.

EMP - Remove all triggered alarms. Until the start of your next turn, all alarms triggered are instead cancelled.

Invisible suit - You cannot be seen by guards or cameras and gain one additional action this turn.

Makeup kit - All players on your tile gain one stealth.

Rollerskates - Gain two additional actions this turn.

Smoke bomb - Add 3 stealth tokens to your tile. These can be used by players on this tile.

Stereoscope - You may use when cracking a safe to change the result of a die to any side you wish.

Thermal bomb - Your current tile is also treated as stairs in addition to its original effect from now on (you can use this to escape from the 3rd floor as well). Trigger an alarm on your current tile.

Virus - Place a total of 3 hack tokens in any revealed computer tiles.