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)

In Flight of Pollen two teams of pollinators, DAY & NIGHT, work together to complete levels (A-D) by pollinating flowers while they’re still open.

Pollen is picked up from one flower tile and dropped off to another flower of the same species. When dropped off, that pollinator’s pollen carry load (they differ), is tallied onto the counting board of the tile.

When enough pollen has been dropped off (the counting board is complete) then ripening covers are laid down. Once the flower is sun-ripened (all ripening covers are removed), then that tile is turned over to reveal seeds and berries.

Seeds are moved across the board by the elements of wind and water. But berries can be collected for points in the final score.

Each flower tile has a letter and a colour to show in which levels it is open. Each level has 8 rounds / element cards, and this is the amount of time to complete a level. If flowers close not pollinated (are not open in any further levels) then the game is a draw and teams return to Level A to start again.

Turns are limited by the elements, and the underside of each pollinator disc shows whether or not they can move in that round / weather conditions.

As players progress through the levels the game mechanics remain unchanged, and additional flowers, pollinators and elements are introduced.

This is both a co-operative and a competitive game. The teams need to co-operate to ensure that all the flowers get pollinated, or the game is a draw. But once all levels are completed, then the team that collects the most ensuing berries wins!

Locally made, with recycled materials and FSC card

LEVEL A: Picking up and dropping off pollen
LEVEL B: Wind is a pollinator too! Separate male and female flowers.
LEVEL C: Specialist pollinators and berry eaters
LEVEL D: A Path to the Future

This game is published with financial support from the

Philipp Family Foundation

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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