BLUE ORANGE GAMES Photosynthesis Strategy Board Game

Before last weekend’s Indianapolis tabletop gaming convention Gen Con, I was skimming lists of the weekend’s most anticipated games and seeing the same-old, same-old: a feudal Japan card game, a fantasy role-playing campaign—but a ubiquitous outlier kept catching my eye: , a game about growing trees. Halfway through Gen Con’s first day, attendees had greedily snapped up every one of publisher Blue Orange’s over one thousand available copies.

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We review Photosynthesis, a new arboreal game published by Blue Orange Games

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The sun shines brightly on the canopy of the forest, and the trees use this wonderful energy to grow and develop their beautiful foliage. Sow your crops wisely and the shadows of your growing trees could slow your opponents down, but don't forget that the sun revolves around the forest. Welcome to the world of Photosynthesis, the green strategy board game!

Photosynthesis: The Green Strategy Board Game

There’s no dissonance between what Photosynthesis is about and what it does, which makes learning the rules satisfyingly intuitive. The game’s currency is sunlight, which is converted into energy. And an elementary-school level of science know-how asserts that taller trees require more energy. If you’ve ever been in a forest or are simply capable of abstract thought, you know that taller trees cast shadows on shorter ones, which is a crucial mechanic for foiling opponents’ tree life cycles—but to be strategic, you have to plan ahead for where the sun will be when you will need sunlight the most. There is no clutter in Photosynthesis’s gameplay.

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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.

They are 'plants', with approx 5 in a team

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.

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Much of the hype surrounding Photosynthesis was because Gen Con attendees viewed it as a—I’m so sorry—breath of fresh air away from themes of clan warfare, medieval political intrigue and jewel trading that, frankly, might as well be mix-and-matched amongst some of the top popular games. Everything about Photosynthesis feels clean and whole. Playing on the show floor, several onlookers would wander by, intrigued by its vivid yet understated art and fresh interpretation of resource management mechanics.

Welcome to the world of Photosynthesis, the green strategy board game

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“We have over 80 games in our catalog and most of them are children and family games. Photosynthesis is a game you could play with your family, but it’s definitely more us diving into the hobby gaming world. And so it's definitely encouraging, the response that we're getting. It's really nice to be diversifying and to see Blue Orange ... have a little more to offer everyone.”

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But while one turn may yield minimal energy, it’s entirely possible to see the opposite result as the sun moves on. Light will shine from a different angle, and the shadows will stretch in a different direction than before. This is what elevates Photosynthesis from a simple-yet-pretty game into a top-notch strategy title.