2-4 Players – 15-25 Minutes
Requires three standard six-sided dice in different colors (pink, yellow, and blue preferred), a player sheet per player, and a shared sheet per game. Differently colored pens per player are recommended.
For solo play, an 18-card solo deck (in progress) is required.
Under the sea, there are colorful coral reefs, teeming with life. Many kinds of fish and other creatures make their home among the coral, but among them is also the dreaded Crown-of-Thorns starfish. This star-shaped menace feeds on coral, and when left unchecked, and be disastrous.
In Coral Relief, players take the role of coral reefs that are trying to develop both their coral and a diverse ecosystem. Players will grow their coral, but also dictate the behaviour of the starfish, which can halt coral growth or even destroy coral entirely.
To win, players need to develop a reef that scores the most points. The game ends, however, when a player has attracted enough species. Species can be claimed when your reef features matured coral in given patterns. Players will need to race both each other and the clock, to hopefully score the most points when the ecosystem has settled.
Each turn, the active player decides which coral can grow, and which coral is preyed upon by starfish. Different species, however, can also unlock powers for players to use, to help them get better rolls of the dice, or to manage the starfish preying on their reefs.
Once a player has achieved the required number of species, the game ends and players score points depending on their reef.
If you like games with a lot of interaction, but while still giving players a choice, then Coral Relief is the game for you!