Planet is an eye catching game where you create your own world by placing magnetic tiles onto a dodecahedron core. Each tile shows a combination of land types such as sand, grass, water, ice and earth.
You start the game by laying out a row of pentagon tiles in ten columns, each pile five high. You then place cards starting from the third stack, creating rows as shown above. Each player is then given a “natural habitat” card at random and keeps it hidden.
Each round, the first player takes the first stack of tiles, lays them out on the table and picks one. Each other player then takes a tile in clockwise order and the tiles that remain create a new stack at the end of the row (only creating two new stacks). From the third round onwards, players compete to earn the cards placed under the tiles. In order to gain a card you need to meet the card’s conditions (e.g. have the biggest continuous water region next to ice).
If no player can claim a card (or is tied for it) it will be added to the end column of cards so it can be claimed at the end of the game. If at the end of the game it still can’t be claimed, it’s removed from the game.
The game plays for twelve rounds and then you move on to scoring. Each player reveals their objective card to see to what extent they have completed it. Each player then gets one point for each matching animal of your “natural habitat” and two points each for all non-matching types.
The player with the most points wins. In the case of a draw, the player with the most animal cards wins.
Designer: Urtis Šulinskas
Artist: Sabrina Miramon
Publisher: blue orange games
2 – 4 players
Age 8+ 30 – 45 mins
Weight (according to BoardGameGeek) : 1.56 / 5 (Medium Light)
Planet is a very beautiful game. The artwork on the cards is great; each has a unique animal on and it is easy to see what environment they require.
The dodecahedron planet core is well made. It even comes with spare metal plates just in case any fall off. The magnetic tiles are well made and feel like they will last a long time. In all, it’s a well made game.
The game itself is a very basic design, but don’t let that fool you. There’s a lot of strategy and frustration, when you have a eye on a tile and someone takes it before you and you can’t be too sure what other people’s “natural habitat” is. In all, it’s a great game; easy to learn and to teach, it doesn’t take up lots of table space making it a perfect game if you’re looking for something you can take to a cafe or pub. I would definitely recommend this game for new and experienced players alike.
Meeples people’s circus rating – 8 out of 10