Mariposas board game box cover
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Quick Takes:Crowd icon 2-5 players Clock icon 45-75 minutes Adult and child icon Ages 10+ Ace of hearts Level 1 (easy to learn, easy to play, and FUN!)

About the game:

Famed board game designer Elizabeth Hargave (behind Wingspan) has done it again! Mariposas is her next big box game. Simpler and lighter weight than Wingspan, the theme behind Mariposas is the seasonal migrations of beautiful monarch butterflies across the eastern US and Mexico. Fun fact related to the theme: every spring, millions of monarch butterflies leave Mexico to spread out across eastern North America. Every fall, millions fly back to Mexico. However, no single butterfly ever makes the round trip. "Mariposa" means butterfly in Spanish.

As a player, you represent a group of monarch butterflies over the course of three seasons. Your group of butterflies moves across the map using movement cards. As you travel, collect blossom tokens which enable your butterflies to breed when they are next to a milkweed (the host plant of monarch butterflies!). Timing your breeding is important to make sure you can get the right amount of butterflies to the right areas on the board at the end of each season based on the scorecard.

Waystations (special preservation areas in major cities) provide another source of points. Landing on a waystation grants a bonus (life-cycle card, bonus card or flower) which adds to your total points at the end. After the three seasons, the player whose butterfly group has amassed the most points wins.

If you love nature-themed games, you might like Hargrave's smash hit game Wingspan or, for something a little different, Evolution.

Why we chose this game for Board's Edge:

  • Beauty. From the beautiful box cover art to the artful and functional pieces, this board game is one you can (and will want!) to display.
  • Fun for the whole family - we recommend this one for families with elementary aged or older children. It's great for family game night as it strikes the balance between interesting for adults and fun for kids.