Blue Orange Photosynthesis Award Winning Teen Board Game

Last updated date: June 5, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0

Blue Orange Photosynthesis Award Winning Teen Board Game

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Overall Take

Players take their seedlings to full bloom to rebirth in this board game. Earn points as the leaves collect energy from the revolving sun’s rays. This board game is made out of recycled materials. In our analysis of 37 expert reviews, the Blue Orange Blue Orange Photosynthesis Board Game placed 5th when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
798 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
I’m glad to say the gameplay definitely matches the beauty of the game, and I can see this becoming a local favorite. The rules are easy enough to explain in just a few minutes, and after my first games, I know that there is still a lot to be explored in the strategy of when and where to place and grow my trees.
- Opinionated Gamers
It’s a high-concept strategy game that centers around planting trees in a forest and harnessing energy from the sun.
- Polygon
Extremely thematic. Fun way to teach concept. Great tactical game play.
- Gaming Trend
While Photosynthesis isn’t listed in the Europe Collection, it’s definitely a game that can be played both by kids and adults, and its popularity at this year’s Gen Con is no surprise: it’s a beautiful-looking game with deep, meaningful gameplay.
- Geek Dad
Beautiful looking components • Easy to learn rules with intuitive game play • Great sunlight mechanic helps keep the decisions interesting
- Board Game Quest
Because most of us in our family enjoy games that require strategy and planning. As our kids have grown, they also enjoy games where there’s lots of player interaction. And Photosynthesis definitely has a lot of player interaction.
- The Board Game Family
I am also blown away by the game’s mechanics. I have never seen anything like them before. The shifting sunlight, the shade, the harvesting of the sunlight… these are all interesting and unique things that have been combined to form a game that is easy to grasp, elegantly designed, fun to play, and challenging to master.
- Meeple Mountain
One thing that the game makers did very well was to include exceptionally clear pictures of just about every activity in the game on the instructions. Everything Justin had read to us in the instructions that hadn’t made sense was absolutely crystal clear with the instructions. As both a visual and linguistic learner, I found this to be super helpful.
- TulsaKids
What experts didn't like
it’s essentially an abstract game with a compelling theme. While that works well with 4 players, I’m not sure how that would translate with two players. (Well, honestly, I’m not sure I would enjoy it with two players – your mileage would obviously vary.)
- Opinionated Gamers
High-concept strategy games aren’t always everyone’s cup of tea. They can require a bit more effort to get your head around than other games bursting with theme.
- Polygon
Can be unnecessarily cutthroat for a family game
- Gaming Trend
My only minor complaints about the insert are that the medium and tall trees are too big to stand upright in the box, so you’ll need to put them in lying down, and that there’s no particular place to put the scoring tokens, so I usually just divvy them up among the four spaces.
- Geek Dad
End game can be a bit boring unless you planned really well
- Board Game Quest
For starters, there’s plenty of thinking and planning in the game. And that doesn’t go over well with youngsters.
- The Board Game Family
There have been quite a few times that cases have appeared during my gaming sessions that the rule book doesn’t adequately answer. Instead, we had to either house rule a thing or go through the words in the rule book with a fine toothed comb to try and come up with the proper answer. Also, the lack of plastic bags really bothers me
- Meeple Mountain
It’s pretty complicated, which can be tough to get a handle on but makes the game more interesting and keeps your attention pretty well.
- TulsaKids

From The Manufacturer

STRATEGY TABLETOP BOARD GAME: Photosynthesis is one of the best environmental tactical board games referring to the life cycle of trees, for science and biology enthusiasts. This best-selling board game has an amazing table presence with an ever-changing forest made of high-quality cardboard pieces.

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An Overview On Teen Board Games

Board games are a great indoor activity for teens, kids and adults alike. When it’s raining outside or you’re stick indoors, board games provide entertainment, friendly competition and camaraderie. Traditionally, board games have a pre-marked surface or “board” where players move counters and pieces based on the rules of the game. However, you can also find board games that don’t include a board at all, but have cards, chips or other ways to play.

There are many different types of board games – some are about strategy, while others are more about chance. In some board games, players compete against each other, while in others they work together as a team. The goal of most board games is to accrue the most points so you can win the activity.

When you’re searching for the perfect board game to get for your teen, consider how many players the game has. If your teen has a large group of friends or you have a large family, opt for a game that accommodates many players. Keep in mind that some games are made for two or four players, and won’t work with more people than that.

Another element to keep in mind is the playing time of the game. Strategic games typically require more time than games of chance or luck, running several hours. Other games can be completed in around thirty minutes. Consider your teen’s attention span and how long you think they want to dedicate to a board game. If you pick a game that is longer than your teen will want to play, then the game will not get used very often.

DWYM Fun Fact

Board games have been around for thousands of years. While the first board games didn’t have the brightly colored artwork and intricate pieces of today’s games, they did keep their players engaged and entertained. The first known board game that includes an actual board is called the Royal Game of Ur, which was created by the Sumerians 4,500 years ago. It is a kind of race game like Backgammon, with simple rules but complex strategy.

Mehen is a board game from ancient Egypt, and is from 3,000 BC. It is played on a round board that resembles a snake or a snail shell. The playing pieces were shaped like lions and the game also used marbles to play. This game survived many dynasties as it was very popular.

The Teen Board Game Buying Guide

  • One of the most important things to look into when selecting a teen board game is the concept. Be sure to get something that engages your family and friends and is age appropriate for the people that will be playing it. Classic games like Monopoly and Scrabble appeal to players of all ages, and are familiar concepts that most people will be interested in. Games that use cards or numbers are another safe bet and appeal to wide audience. Strategic games such as Risk also have a wide audience, but may appeal to older kids, teens and adults more than younger children.
  • Many shoppers want board games to have an educational aspect to them as well. Games that focus on language help players to develop their spelling and vocabulary, while games that deal with patterns help build mathematics skills. Wherever money is involved in games is a great way to improve numeracy as well. For games that have a strategic aspect, players work on critical thinking, problem solving, communication, negotiation and teamwork skills.
  • If you want to take your game around to your friends and family’s houses, consider how portable it is. While most board games come in a convenient box that fits all the pieces, some can have dozens of pieces to keep track of.
  • Note how complex the rules of the board game are and whether your teen will able to understand and apply them on their own. Also consider the other people who will be playing the game, and whether they will be able to follow the rules if they are highly complex. If a game has an overwhelming rules list or dozens of different components, players may be put off by the complexity and not want to play the game.