Flight of Pollen

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)




Video features: Steph (Teacher), Mathew, Rayan, Helena & Krystal (South Auckland)
Malachi & Neo (Kapiti Coast)
Rakaia, Aston, Lochie, Finn & Ya’akov (New Plymouth)

2-6 players
Ages 10 – adult
Length of play (all levels): 1-2 hours
Game Designer. JiL Hemming
Illustrator/Researcher. Cushla McGaughey
Graphic Designer. Don Little
Canvas ground-cloth
57 flower/berry/seed tiles
13 playing discs
20 element cards
5 Lids. One for each level (with instructions)
Box of: pollen counters, ripening squares, markers (all from recycled materials)

To seed our forest anew, you need to pick up pollen and carry it from tile to tile. Working together, while the flowers are still open.

In each of the four levels, different flowers open and shut, new pollinators join your team/s, and the elements (which have their own jobs to do) make moving difficult!

THE GAME There are four Levels in the game and each level must be completed (ie open flowers pollinated before they close) before the next level is added.

Each level is eight rounds / element cards. While the weather conditions for each round can affect your movement, these elements (sun, wind, rain) also have their own parts to play.

As teams (DAY/NIGHT) of pollinators, progress through the levels the game mechanics remain unchanged, and additional elements (flowers, pollinators, weather conditions) are introduced.

This is a co-operative and, finally, a competitive game. In each level the teams must co-operate to make sure that all flowers are pollinated while they’re still open. If all levels are successfully completed, then the winning team is the one which collects the most ensuing berries.

Locally made, with recycled materials and FSC card

This game is published with financial support from the

Philipp Family Foundation

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4 reviews for Flight of Pollen

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lukas Ziegler

    Unique game, easy to learn but also good depth of play.
    I enjoyed very much, also art style I like very much.
    Good educationally, I learned many plants and pollinators of beautiful New Zealand!

    I recommend this game to my family and friends in Germany.

    • Jil Hemming

      Glad you like it Lucas. It’s hot of the press!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane Penton

    “Intriguing, inspiring and informative – this largely unseen world of pollinators came to life as we flew, crept and crawled our way from plant to plant with our nectar and berry- hunting friends. Such a gift ~ taonga towards our greater understanding of the web of life in New Zealand ~ Aotearoa” Jane (Environmentalist, Taupo)

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mario Pinzone, Milano. Italy.

    This game is a very interesting way to get an insight into NZ wildlife and to understand why loving and respecting even small things like insects and flowers is so important.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Some Great Reviews from the Game testers.

    “Calculating, tactical and strategical” Lochie, 12 yrs
    “Awesome and exciting” Finn, 14 yrs
    “Thriller” Ya’akov, 9 yrs + his dad
    ”includes teamwork” Rakaia, 11 yrs
    “Challenging” Aston, 9 yrs

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