I have recently rewatched a classic 1995 movie "Jumanji", surprised how well this movie aged. What bugged me during the entire movie, though, was if the Boardgame was intended to be cooperative. Sure enough, that's how the players played it, but they may have been metagaming to make the game easier and have it end quicker since they didn't enjoy it.
I have paid much attention to the details written in the game itself, and here's what I found:
- at no point the game refers to a singular "winner" (which would be an instant proof that it's a non-cooperative game),
- the game tends to make lives difficult to all the players making environmental changes. One of the notes (the one that summons the lion) even refers to a party, which indicates a cooperative nature (though again, maybe the players are themed as an adverse party):
His fangs are sharp, he likes your taste. Your party better move post haste.
- there was not a single instance where a player was punished due to help being granted to some other player (for example, by giving a catch-up help for the person who is in the last place) - the game is exclusively about dealing straight punishment either to the current player or the entire team.
All of this hints at the cooperative nature of the game, but with no concrete proof. Is there something that I'm missing, or some background material that is more clear on the subject?