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The Search for Planet X

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Quick Takes:Crowd icon 1-4 players Clock icon 60 minutes Adult and child icon Ages 13+ 2 of hearts Level 2 (slightly more complex or takes longer than the classics we all think of)

About the game:

At the edge of our solar system, a dark planet may lurk (pour one out for Pluto). In 2015, astronomers estimated a large distant planet could explain the unique orbits of dwarf planets and other objects. Since then, astronomers have been scanning the sky, hoping to find this planet.

In The Search for Planet X, you will take on the role of astronomers using observations and logical deduction to search for this hypothetical planet.

Game play starts with the companion app randomly selecting an arrangement of objects and a location for Planet X. From there, play happens in rounds corresponding to earth traveling around the sun. During each round you also use the app to perform scans on space and attend conferences. As you gain information about the location of objects, you will be able to start proposing theories and earning points.

As more and more objects are found, there are less possible locations for Planet X. Once a player believes they know its location and the objects on either side of it, they use the app to conduct a search. The game ends when a player successfully locates Planet X, and all players have a final chance to score some additional points.

The Search for Planet X is an accessible game for all those who have ever stared in wonder at the night sky and for those that love a good logical deduction challenge. 

Why we chose this game for Board's Edge:

  • Replay - the companion app guarantees lots of variants in this game
  • Zoom friendly. Even as we return to more in person (safe) gaming, its great to play with friends (and co business owners) near and far over Zoom

Selected Awards and Honors:

  • Most Innovative Board Game Nominee - 2020
  • Cardboard Republic Socializer Laurel Award Nominee - 2020