My latest acquisition is Photosynthesis which I have had my eye on since it started popping up on people’s list of the best games in 2017. I immediately loved the look of the game, and when it turned out it is a strategy game that plays 2-4 players I was pretty much sold.
The game has a cool premise, each player controls a breed of tree in an effort to harvest the most points by growing trees in more premium plots of soil. The gameplay involves planting trees to gather sunlight which is used as the primary resource to grow and plant more bigger trees. The sun travels around the board and changes which trees get light every turn, and trees block each other’s sun, bigger trees blocking more.
There is a lot of tension in this game because the end scores all tend to be super close and you can always remember a couple of spots where you made mistakes. Thinking ahead is a must because of how long everything takes. You need to plant a seed, then grow that seed 3 times before a tree is ready for harvest. This whole process takes 5 turns so you need tons of foresight to make things happen. Meanwhile other players are doing the same thing as well as blocking your light!
It feels like the better you know the game the worse you play because my win-rate is pretty bad even though I have played and thought about it the most. I know that is silly though, it’s a strategy game all the way through.