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Welcome to the world of Photosynthesis, the green strategy board game! Plant and shape the ever-changing forest as you cultivate your seeds and your strategy.
Welcome to the world of Photosynthesis, the green strategy board game! Plant and shape the ever-changing forest as you cultivate your seeds and your strategy. Take your trees through their life-cycle, from seedling to full bloom to rebirth, and earn points as their leaves collect energy from the revolving sun’s rays. Carefully pick where you sow and when you grow, as trees in the shadows are blocked from light, and from points.
I found that my older 7 year old was very into this game, who does like logic puzzles etc., but it wasn't as much fun for other adults who are not otherwise boardgamers or into the geekier side of things.
The game does take a while to get into it's stride as it takes a number of rounds before players pieces' start to conflict with each other. Before this point first time players could well have lost some interest. If you have a set of experienced board game players though, this should not be a problem.
The artwork is beautiful and it is quite a lovely 'nature' themed game, up there with Wingspan.
There's a certain elegance to the game concept and rules, however there are some complications, as detailed below.
On the rules:
This game does take some careful reading of the instructions/rules in order to 'get it'. E.g. the fact you have a board where your available material sits, but which you have to pay to liberate material from, but that there's a separate working area where 'free' (and 'already paid for') material sits. This is not a simple concept to explain.
Then there are some gotchas with 2-height trees not overshadowing other 2-height trees (which is not the case for 1-height or 3-height trees).
But all of the above is actually important to make the gameplay interesting (once one person upgrades to a 3-height tree, all other players must follow suit).
I played with 4 players and didn't enjoy it too much. There's a lot of thinking involved and while doing so, all other players have to wait. Players cannot plan too much ahead either, since they are impacted for others choices. I have to try again with 2 or 3 players, maybe I'll enjoy more.