Seikatsu – Game of the Week
I love it when a game surprises me out of nowhere. Wandering around the dealer hall of Gen Con 2017, I strolled into the IDW Games booth. While they had quite a few games that caught my attention (Centipede comes to mind), my favorite release of theirs from the show wasn’t the game I expected it to be. A game about bids and flowers in a garden? You better believe it!
Seikatsu is a devilishly simple tile laying game that plays as great as it looks. Everything from the UV coated box cover to the hefty plastic tiles helps to reinforce that IDW really loved producing this game. Even the insert perfectly holds all the components.
But great art and bits don’t mean anything if the game play doesn’t hold up. But Seikatsu is not only easy to learn, it’s also very engaging. The goal of the game is to score the most victory points (of course), which is accomplished in two ways. Each turn you will place a tile onto the board, earning you points if you place a bird into a flock. But the real lions share of the points come at the end.
At the end, you look across your perspective of the board and score points based on the quantity of similar flowers in a row. It’s this perspective mechanic that really helps Seikatsu to be a stand out game. Because when you place a tile, you not only have to be aware of how it will help you score, but also what it will mean for your opponents. Many times I’d place a tile in an area that would get me minimal bird points to help me earn mega end game points.
While Seikatsu plays equally well at 2 or 3 players, I’d probably skip the 4 player game. It’s there, but not anything that’s going to draw you back. That being said, I love the game and it’s makes for both a relaxing and entertaining gaming experience. And that’s why it’s our newest Game of the Week.