Complete For Upgrades. There are four choices after each completed flower.
Gain The Advantage. You can win a flower even if you don't complete it.
What is it about?
Lotus delivers the standard feature set for a digital board game allowing you to play however you want, and then fully enjoy the digital adaptation of the Lotus. The best part is that there’s such a low barrier to entry for an extremely accessible style. Anyone can get up and running in no time at all, and yet there’s some nice strategic depth even with the simple introduction. Each game also only takes about ten minutes, so it’s not an overwhelming undertaking each time that you want to play. Instead, it’s about jumping in, and trying to out maneuver your opponents to maximize your points with each completed flower. The app itself is beautifully designed letting you appreciate each petal put into place, and the beauty of each completed lotus flower.
Why we love it
There are a lot of subtle details to each match including the ability to use guardian insect tokens as well as balance who has the greatest guardian tally for each flower. Each petal has guardian points, and if you have the most guardian points, but another player completes the flower, you still get a bonus for the flower being completed. Each completed flower gives a bonus of either access to a fifth hole card, a more powerful guardian token, the ability to play three petal types per turn, or simply getting five bonus points. The little elements let you really contemplate each turn as you try to balance completing flowers, building up your guardian tally, and get as many pieces of the completed flower pie on whatever turn it may be completed. You can change your strategy each time that you play depending on who you’re going against and how many players there are, which is always a good sign of a board game having a nice replay factor.
App Store Description
Lotus is a beautiful game that grows into a unique work of art every time you play.
Clear your head and take in the quiet strength of the Lotus garden. It takes skillful care and nurturing to grow these flowers to their full potential, but once picked, they provide their owner with wisdom. Beware, for there are others who will do anything they can to get their hands on these mystical flowers. You'll need to enlist the help of creatures native to this land to take control of the Lotus garden and achieve true enlightenment.
In Lotus, players take turns adding petals and utilizing guardians to control and nurture these mystical flowers to maturity. Collect special abilities as you grow to aid you on your quest, and gain wisdom points for each completed bloom. At the end of the game the player with the most wisdom points will emerge from the garden that much closer to enlightenment!
Vibrant visual effects, skilled AI, meditative environmental music and smooth touch play translate the serenity of Lotus to your phone or tablet.
Praise for the board game:
• 2016 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork & Presentation Nominee
• 2017 Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Origins Awards Nominee
Praise for the board game:
"Lotus is a game that is beautiful, serene, and even a bit meditative. As the garden grows and flowers near completion, you’ll find a kind of peacefulness at your game table, which you may have never experienced before." – Dave Banks (GeekDad.com)
"A very simple light game but there are some good decisions to make." - Dan King, The Game Boy Geek.
"It's a very interesting, dynamic game." - Joel Eddy, Drive Thru Reviews.
"Lotus makes for a tense, competitive atmosphere, and it does it with a minimalist set of rules that make the game ideal for families – as long as no one minds when things start getting a little cut-throat.." – The Guardian
"Lotus is more than beautiful; it’s fun and contains unique gameplay mechanisms.” –Ryan Morgenegg, Deseret News
Lotus offers all of the beauty and depth of the tabletop game, PLUS:
• Online asynchronous matchmaking against old friends and new
• Strategic solo play to hone your skills against AI players
• Progressive Challenge system to guide you through gameplay
• Intuitive tap-and-drag petal placement for fast and easy play
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