Game Profile: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

The harvest is in, and the
artisans are preparing for the upcoming festival.

Classification Lite Strategy Game
Mechanics Tile Placement, Hand Management, Set Collection
Publication Renegade Games, 2015
Ages 8+
Time 30
Players 2 – 4
The game of Lanterns is one of those games that looks relatively simple but turns out
to be amazingly tactical.  The objective
is to score the most points.  The method
to get points is to collect lantern cards in one of 3 configurations: 4 of 1
color, 3 pairs of different colors, or 1 of each of all 7 colors.  Players gain lantern cards by laying a lake
tile per turn adjacent to an existing lake tile in the central play area.  When a lake tile is placed, each player will
receive the color lantern card that corresponds to the color on the tile side facing
them.  In addition, the player who placed
the lake tile will get an additional lantern card if they place their tile so
that the color on the side of the tile being placed matches the color on the
adjacent tile(s).  Everyone’s lantern
cards are played face up in front of them so you can see what sets everyone is close
to completing. 
The key to success is
to get sets before anyone else as there is a descending point value on each of
the sets.  The first set of 7 different
colors turned in gets 10 points, the second set of 7 earns 9 points, etc.  The top score value for 3 pairs is 9 points
and for a 4-of-a-kind set the points start at 8 points.  Again as with the 7 of each color set, the
next sets of 3 pairs and 4-of-a-kind are worth fewer points.
So how do you place a
tile that gets you the cards you need without giving your opponents the card
they need?  The game plays quickly and
keeps everyone’s head in the game.  You are
always gaining new cards and new insights to what others are getting close to
scoring.  Players have in their 3 lake tiles
from which to choose from on each turn. 
They must choose wisely which lake tile to play and how to orient the
colors to win at
Awards: 2015 Mensa Select

We have an open copy of Lanterns available in our Demo
Games Library for you come in and try.

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