Nowhere is nature's beauty quite so evident as in the resplendent colours of an arboretum.
In Arboretum, you create carefully planned paths for your visitors to walk as they take in the colorful explosion of buds and leaves. The cheerful cherry blossom, the fragrant dogwood, the mighty oak all have a place in this peaceful haven. But the tranquil setting belies the game's competitive heart.
You must choose which cards to plant in your arboretum and which to keep in hand, as only the most expert curator will win the renown of nature enthusiasts everywhere.
Arboretum is a strategy card game for 2-4 players, aged 8 and up, that combines set collection, tile-laying and hand management while playing in about 30 minutes. Players try to have the most points at the end of the game by creating beautiful garden paths for their visitors
The deck has 80 cards in ten different colors, with each color featuring a different species of tree; each color has cards numbered 1 through 8, and the number of colors used depends on the number of players. Players start with a hand of seven cards. On each turn, a player draws two cards (from the deck or one or more of the discard piles), lays a card on the table as part of her arboretum, then discards a card to her personal discard pile.
When the deck is exhausted, players compare the cards that remain in their hands to determine who can score each color. For each color, the player with the highest value of cards in hand of that color scores for a path of trees in her arboretum that begins and ends with that color; a path is a orthogonally adjacent chain of cards with increasing values. For each card in a path that scores, the player earns one point; if the path consists solely of trees of the color being scored, the player scores two points per card. If a player doesn't have the most value for a color, she scores zero points for a path that begins and ends with that color. Whoever has the most points wins.
Its incredible how much tension and skill and depth packs into this tiny box! Quinns, Shut Up and Sit Down
Awards & Honors
2015 Meeples' Choice Nominee
2015 Golden Geek Best Card Game Nominee
2015 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee
80 Cards in 10 colours
2 to 4 Players
30 Min Playing Time
Released: 11 December 2018