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)

Deep in the bush of Aotearoa/New Zealand, plants want to seed many new versions of themselves into the future.

So they make flowers. Beautiful flowers which call to you.

And, weather conditions allowing you, the pollinators, come visiting.

As you feed, they transform. You pick up and drop off pollen which they use to mix it up a little. You swallow the ensuing berries and (some) seeds, which pass through you, delivered far and wide.

It’s a lot of work. You all go to all this effort, so that somewhere, someday, a new plant will grow. Grow up and replace the old.

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. When an element card is turned, this determines the weather conditions for that round. This effects your movement, but also these elements (sun, wind, rain) 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) 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 berries.

Locally made, with recycled materials and FSC card

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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