Photosynthesis was one of the most sought-after games on the floor at this year’s Gen Con. It was also the most visually striking. It’s a high-concept strategy game that centers around planting trees in a forest and harnessing energy from the sun.
In the two-to-four player game, each player controls a different species of tree. They take turns sowing seeds in an empty field, working together to build a beautiful forest. But each species at the table wants to soak up as much of the sun’s energy as possible to move toward the forest’s center, where the soil is the most rich — and valuable.
At the start of the game, there are only a handful of planted acorns and small trees around the edge of the map. Every round, players convert solar energy into actions, allowing them to plant more seeds, grow their trees taller and ultimately harvest them to score victory points. Once harvested, spaces open up for players to plant new trees and the circle of life begins again.
The core of the game’s unique design comes into focus at the end of each round. A large yellow piece representing the sun gradually moves clockwise around the forest, granting energy to all trees in view. The taller the tree is, the more energy granted to its owner.
To win, players must focus on how the trees on the board cast shadowsRead More...
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