Flight of Pollen

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)



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Video features: JiL Hemming (Game designer)
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 chapters): 1-2 hours
Game Designer. JiL Hemming
Illustrator/Researcher. Cushla McGaughey
Graphic Designer. Don Little
Canvas ground-cloth
54 flower/berry/seed tiles (50 2-sided, 4 1-sided)
13 playing discs
41 element cards
Lids for the 4 chapters (A,B,C,D), each with instructions (top) & science (underneath)
Pollen counters, ripening squares, markers (all from recycled materials)

The largely unseen world of pollinators comes to life, as players fly, creep and crawl their way from plant to plant, drinking nectar and carrying pollen.Set in Aoteaoroa/New Zealand, rules are based on the real behaviour, characteristics and interactions of our pollinators – birds, bat, insects and gecko – and the peculiarities of 14 native plants.

Played over four chapters, each chapter has its own attributes, added to the one before. Level of difficulty is set by the addition of extra storm cards.

Working together (co-operatively), two teams, DAY and NIGHT, must pollinate all the flowers (TILES) that finish flowering in the current chapter. Otherwise the game is ended.

Challenge comes from the eight element cards (ROUNDS) of each chapter – the ground changes as wind and water move pollen and seed, tiles turn over as sun ripens seeds and berries – and pollinator movement is both helped and hindered.

But as each pollinator (DISC) has differing abilities, teams can choose each round, which (if any) to play.

In the two final chapters, sun-ripened berries appear. Now teams choose – either co-operate to pollinate, or compete to collect the ensuing berries.

Because in the end, if all the flowers are pollinated, and you haven’t both lost, then the team that collects the most berry tiles, wins!

Locally made, with recycled materials and FSC card (Forest Stewardship Council certified)

CHAPTER A: Lifting off & landing pollen
CHAPTER B: Wind is a pollinator too
CHAPTER C: Passage of berries
CHAPTER D: Clearing the ground

3 reviews for Flight of Pollen

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    “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)

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  3. 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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