|Players:||1 - 4|
On the warmest nights of the year, the otherwise quiet waters are filled with shimmering lights as the dormant noctiluca awaken. Renowned for their restorative properties, the noctiluca are desired by many dealers. Only the most skilled divers can navigate the waters to collect these mysterious glowing creatures and deliver them to healers across the land. Can you catch the embers of the sea?
In Noctiluca, 104 colorful translucent dice fill the pool on the game board to represent the different glowing noctiluca. Players take turns diving into the water from the edges of the shore to collect the noctiluca dice from the board and keep them safely in jars until they can deliver them to healers. After two rounds, players compare points from their successful deliveries and the player with the most points wins.
Thanks to a double-sided game board, Noctiluca also includes a solo mode in which one player must rescue the noctiluca from the tempest.
Its just beautiful, and mesmerising playing it if the sun is beaming through the windows and hits the 80+ jelly coloured dice on the board.
The story is cute, the concept simple, the strategy mind blowing, you could technically push this in the direction of chess with how far you could go to strategise, or play it almost as basically as hungry hungry hippos.
Instructions are good, they could be a little better, but re-reading slowly several times cleared up any queries we had about things. Scoring can be devastating, it uses a majority system for one of the scoring parts.... more strategy available there.
As for the solo game, you have to follow carefully, as it turned out I cheated like a madman playing through my first round and decided I had tilted the game, to be fair single player is a lot harder than multiplayer just due to how influential the "game player" is on the game board.
Love this game. Totally stoked we got it.