On your turn, play a card from your hand to extend your reef in an attempt to create patterns. Randomly selected scoring cards will tell you what patterns are in play.
Next, draw a card from the reef marketplace according to the number on the card you played. Each turn you will attempt to both improve your reef through your card play and ensure you are drawing the right card for your future plans.
Scoring conditions can be altered by covering up certain sea life in your reef with new cards.
Sponges provide nourishment for creatures living in the reef.
Sharks keep the balance by feeding on some fish and allowing others to thrive.
Invasive Crown-of-Thorns Starfish are bad for the reef and should be covered when possible.
The game ends when the deck runs out and players score based on how well they completed the patterns indicated.
Whoever builds the healthiest reef with the happiest sea life wins!
Playable in ~30 minutes, The Great Barrier Reef Card Game is a fun, approachable, take-anywhere card game that’s sure to delight travelers and gamers alike!
All copies of The Great Barrier Reef Card ordered directly from Travel Buddy Games come with an exclusive SCUBA Diver Promo card and 1 Extra Scoring Card to give your game even more replayability!
ben whiteman –
a great pattern building game with surprisingly complex and satisfying mechanics. light enough to carry for a game on the go while still being a solid enough game in its own right to make me want to pull it out at home.
This game is so pretty! I’ve played this with 2, 3, and 4 players and it was a lot of fun. Fast, approachable, and easy to learn. Enough strategy for my gamer friends, and puzzle-y enough for my family. Also, the box is sturdy and small for easy travel. Highly recommend.