What are some of your favourite nature themed games?
⏱: 45-75 mins
Migrate monarch butterflies across Eastern North America in Mariposas. The game is played over 3 seasons, starting with Spring, and you’ll score points trying to fulfill goals. On a turn you will play 1 action card from your hand allowing you to move 1 or more of your butterflies. Collect flower tokens from spaces you’ve landed on, these are used to produce more butterflies. If you land on a city, flip the token and receive the corresponding bonus, which can be a life cycle card or extra moves. You’re free to travel as far as you want but make sure you’re able to fly back. At the end of Fall, you’ll score points for any generation 4 butterflies that were able to return to Michoacán. Earn the most points to win the game.
I’ve wanted to try this for awhile now and got the opportunity thanks to @alderaceg .
Mariposas is an easy going, pleasant game that is very thematic. The black board helps the bright designs pop and the components are wonderful. I appreciate the clear iconography and ease of gameplay. The two card hand limit is restricting but I didn’t mind. I like the end of season goals, some require butterflies to travel pass cities in certain directions or end on specific coloured hexes. You’re faced with the dilemma of what to focus on: achieve goals, collect life cycle cards or migrate butterflies back south. I will say if you fall behind in scoring it’s difficult to catch up. I thought the game was fine, not sure how often I’d reach for it however my wife thoroughly enjoyed so it will hit the table again.