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Rating: 7.9 Very Good
Players: 2-4 players
Playing time: 30-60 minutes

Official Site: Photosynthesis

Created by: Hjalmar Hach, Sabrina Miramon

Published by: Blue Orange (EU), Blue Orange Games, Asmodee

Alternate Names: Fotossíntese, Fotosynteza, Photosynthese, Фотосинтеза, 光合作用 Photosynthesis


The sun shines brightly on the canopy of the forest, and the trees use this wonderful energy to grow and develop their beautiful foliage. Sow your crops wisely and the shadows of your growing trees could slow your opponents down, but don't forget that the sun revolves around the forest. Welcome to the world of Photosynthesis, the green strategy board game!

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Several varieties of trees compete to grow and spread their seeds in the sunlight of this small, but fertile, forest. As each tree grows its leaves are touched by the sun's rays, collecting Light Points and casting shadows on the surrounding smaller trees. When a tree reaches the end of its life cycle, players win points proportional to the richness of the soil the tree was rooted in.


  • Illustrated Rules
  • 1 Game Board
  • 1 Sun Segment
  • 4 Sun Revolution Counters
  • 4 Player Boards
  • 1 First Player Token
  • 24 Scoring Tokens
  • 4 Light Point Trackers
  • 24 Seed Tokens (6 of each variety)
  • 32 Small Trees (8 of each variety)
  • 16 Medium Trees (4 of each variety)
  • 8 Large Trees (2 of each variety)

Object of the Game

Using your light points, take your trees through their life cycles, from seedlings to fully grown. Then, collect Scoring Tokens with points proportional to the richness of the soil on which the trees grew. …

These rules introduce an artificial opponent to Photosynthesis. Her name is Cynthia. You can play the game solo against 1 or 2 Cynthias, or spice up 2 or 3-player games with 2 or 1 Cynthia respectively.


  • 14 Action cards
  • 1 Action Sequence card
  • 2 Light Point Tracker cards
  • 1 Directional Selection card

You need 1 set of of Action, Action Sequence and Light Point Tracker cards for each Cynthia in play.

Cynthia Plays Different

There are no rule changes for you. However, Cynthia follows some simplified and altered rules:

  • Cynthia does not get a Player Board. She will use the Light Point Tracker cards to track her Light Points. …

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