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Spheres of Life: Mythical Forest English Review from QuelqunQui

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Quick Look: Spheres of Life: Mythical Forest


Designer: Edward Pulks

Publisher: Joyful Games
Year Published: 2023

No. of Players: 2-7
Ages: 14+   
Playing Time: 5-20 minutes.
 
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From the Publisher:

Sphere of Life : Mythical Forest is a simple collection card game that will be enjoyed by the whole family.  The game foresees cards to build collections and trick your friends.

Disclaimer: The publisher provided the 1st edition copy of Spheres of Life. The opinions expressed in the review are completely my own. 

 

Review:


Simple Family card game:

When I was young my family doctor had a game of Happy Family in his waiting room.  I remember sitting in the waiting room of the doctor’s office with my mum waiting.  With each shuffle and deal, I immersed myself in the colourful world of the game and nearly forgot the sickness. The anticipation of the doctor’s appointment faded into the background as laughter with my mom.  Somehow I can’t recall ever finishing a game though.

What made the game a hit for such play moments were the quickness of the games and the ease to learning the rules. Well, Spheres of Life could take that place for future generations while being more enjoyable for the adult playing.

 

Spheres of Life: Mythical Forest – as such:

Spheres of Life: Mythical Forest is a collection card game with very simple rules and short plays.

The game takes the classic family card game formula and infuses it with strategic depth, offering players a refreshing twist on familiar gameplay. Much like the traditional “Happy Family” game, Mythical Forest revolves around collecting sets of cards to complete various objectives. However, what sets this game apart is its added layer of strategic decision-making, elevating the experience to new heights.

The gameplay unfolds across three distinct phases: Day, Night, and Dream, each offering unique opportunities for acquiring cards, executing actions, and utilizing abilities. During the Dream Phase, players can unleash their Ability Cards, adding layers of strategy and excitement to the game. The rules emphasize fair play and strategic decision-making, with players taking turns in clockwise order and adhering to specific guidelines for card usage.

The game revolves around collecting sets of Noble Animals while avoiding Corrupted Animals to accumulate points. The Last Dream phase marks the game’s conclusion, triggered when the Main Deck runs out of cards. It’s a race to tally points, with the player boasting the highest score emerging victorious.

At first glance, the game may seem deceptively simple, with straightforward rules that are easy to grasp. Yet, as I delved deeper into gameplay, I was pleasantly surprised by the strategic depth it offered. Each decision felt meaningful, as players must carefully manage their resources and plan their moves to outwit their opponents.

 

Material:

Art Style:

One aspect of the game that immediately catches the eye is its strong art style. However, while some may appreciate its vibrant and whimsical aesthetic, I personally found it to be a bit too reminiscent of the cover art found on young adult fantasy novels that I don’t like.

I guess my cousin which is much into that kind of graphics would disagree.

 

Cards:

Well its a card game and cards are pretty much all there is in the box. They are neatly printed and Shuffle easily.

 

Overall reaction:

Overall, Spheres of Life: Mythical Forest successfully combines the charm of a classic card game with strategic elements that keep players engaged from start to finish. While the art style may not be to everyone’s taste, the depth of gameplay more than makes up for it. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or new to the genre, Mythical Forest offers a captivating experience that is sure to delight players of all ages.

After reading QuelqunQui’s review, if this sounds like a game for you at the time of this posting Spheres of Life: Mythical Forest is only $30. check it out and get yours HERE.

 

 

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QuelqunQui- Reviewer

QuelqunQui (literally Someone who in French) is an eclectic who can’t stop doing more than one thing at a time..  Quelqunqui is a harpsichordist and gamer at heart that doesn’t abide by rules he doesn’t believe in.  When not playing he’s traveling the world for the Belgian Air force.

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