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Photosynthesis Is the Strategy Game That Lets You Take Control of a Forest Ecosystem

It's innovative, entertaining, educational, and most of all, addictive.

If you’re looking for a new and green strategy game for your collection, the people at Blue Orange Games have just the thing. It’s called Photosynthesis, and it puts two-to-four players in control of their own living forests, planting trees and guiding them through their life-cycles from tiny seeds all the way through full bloom and the cyclical process known as rebirth.

Described as “the evergreen strategy game,” Photosynthesis awards points to players when leaves from their trees collect energy from the rays of the sun (the process from which the game gets its name). Players choose where to plant their trees and where they’ll grow, absorbing the optimum amounts of sunlight and strategizing when and where the trees will be separated from light in shadow. The game also boasts several different tree sizes and species options, so the gameplay can get almost as complex as managing a real-world ecosystem.

Photosynthesis: The Evergreen Strategy Game

Photosynthesis forest strategy game.
Blue Orange Games

With gameplay that prioritizes realism and visually appealing graphics, Photosynthesis is fun, aesthetically pleasing, and even a little educational. So if you have any science-interested kids in the family, the game might be a good addition to your game shelf. It’s recommended for players aged 8 and up.

You can get a copy of Photosynthesis now for $29.99, including everything you need to get started making trees and converting sunlight into nutrients:

  • 1 Game Board
  • 1 Sun Segment
  • 4 Player Boards
  • 1 First Player Token
  • 24 Scoring Tokens
  • 4 Sun Marker Tokens
  • 24 Seed Tokens (6 of each species)
  • 32 Small Trees (8 of each species)
  • 16 Medium Trees (4 of each species)
  • 8 Big Trees (2 of each species)
  • Illustrated Rules

It’s also worth noting that this is an award-winning strategy game has received The Dice Tower’s Seal of Excellence. It also has an engaged and constantly expanding fan base, as demonstrated by its many satisfied customer testimonials. Amazon game reviewer B. Kulczycki summed up their experience with the game like this:

Photosynthesis is a beautiful game that will catch your eye… It’s unique theme fit the game perfectly, and helped make the rules explanation fairly easy. The mechanics are simple enough that you can pick up on things by three or four turns and not have any questions. The game benefits from well thought out aggressive play, luck is not a factor. You’ll make some great moves, you’ll likely get screwed over a couple times. And, you’ll have a cool forest to look at when the game ends.”

So head over to Amazon and get your copy of Photosynthesis today.

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