Most of us, unfortunately, will never get the chance to create our own planetary body from scratch. It’s just a sad fact of life that the resources necessary to create a planet are not accessible to us normal humans. But thanks to the board game Planet, we can come as close as possible to seeing how a planet designed by us would fare in the cold vacuum of space.
Players of Planet are tasked with creating their own planet to support the most organism-friendly ecosystem they can. If your planet supports the most life, you win the game, as well as the satisfaction of knowing you could put together a planet just as well as any deity or creator has.
For starters, each player gets a 12-sided, 3-dimensional planet core that represents the “scratch” in their from-scratch planet. Over the course of the game’s 12 rounds (one for each side of the planet), players have to place magnetic “landscape tiles” strategically on their planets to best encourage organic lifeforms to grow and thrive. The tiles are categorized by the four components of any thriving planet: oceans, deserts, mountains, and frozen lands. The way you arrange these tiles on your planet will earn you animal cards that represent lifeforms. As an example, the bear card goes to the player with the largest forest next to a mountain range, while the biggest tundra next to an ocean gets the penguin card.
In addition to distributing landscape tiles, Planet players also have to contend with a secret landscape designation assigned to them at the beginning of the game. Once all 12 rounds are complete, and the various multipliers and bonus points are rewarded, the player whose planet supports the most animal life wins.
Planet is like a lot of classic board games in that it mixes strategy and luck in its game play, as players are dependent on the luck of the draw and their own planet-building instincts to create the most successful ecosystem. And it holds up to repeat plays too, since the board game’s clever construction reveals nuances and in the game play that allow players to get better with more experience.
Your copy of Planet will come with four planet cores (meaning you can play with 2-4 players), 50 magnetic landscape tiles, 45 animal cards, five natural habitat objective cards, and a first player token. And if the game’s rules don’t quite seem clear from reading about how they work here, don’t worry, because there’s also an illustrated rule book that tells you everything you need to know in order to play. And everything in the game is built to last, so you can enjoy it for years to come.
The average game of Planet takes just 30-45 minutes to play, and is recommended for players 8-years old and up. And since it encourages behaviors and skills like strategic thinking, problem-solving, and creativity, it’s worthwhile as well as fun for kids. Its themes also have an environmentally friendly angle that can build general awareness of the environment and the relationship between different ecosystems on our own real-life planet.
So if you’ve always suspected you could build a better planet than the one we live on, Planet can give you the chance to prove it. So head over to Fat Brain Toys and buy your copy now.
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