In Taluva, players build temples, towers, and huts to settle a volcanic island emerging from the South Pacific. The game ends in an early victory if a player builds all of two types of buildings. Otherwise, the game ends when no tiles remain and the winner is the player who built the most temples (in case of a tie, the most towers and then the most huts).
12 tiles per player are shuffled to form a draw pile. Each player receives 3 temples, 2 towers, and 20 huts.