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Published by: Z-Man Games Designed by: Dan Cassar
Players: 2 - 4 Ages: 8+ Time: 25 minutes Files: RULES  - 


Arboretum is a strategy card game for 2-4 players aged 10 and up that plays in about 25 minutes. Players try to have the most points at the end of the game by creating beautiful garden paths for their visitors.

The deck has 80 cards in 10 different colors, each featuring a different species of tree. Each color has cards numbered 1 through 8. On each turn, a player draws 2 cards, lays a card on the table as part of her arboretum, and then discards a card. When the deck is exhausted, players compare the cards that remain in their hands to determine who can score each color.

It�s a unique take on familiar mechanics including set collection, tile laying and hand management, wrapped in a fresh and broadly appealing theme. Playtesters have commented that it�s fun to watch your arboretum grow organically over the course of play, and they love how everyone can take a different approach to planting their gardens. It�s a game that keeps you guessing as to the outcome right up to the end, simple enough for kids, yet subtle enough to keep adults come back again and again.