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Posted: 11 days ago, last updated 7 days ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Bloom is a roll-and-write game where you complete to become the most successful flower seller. You roll dice and mark off colour-combinations of flowers to score points. You need to balance allotting dice to individual bouquets or a larger volume of simpler arrangements. It's a game about choosing when to complete tasks well and when to just get them finished.

You start by randomly allocating one of the five different Flower Bed sheets to each player. This acts as both their playing board and scoring sheet. It is made up of a six flower beds, each with twelve differently coloured, randomly assorted flowers in them.

One player starts by rolling all six dice, five of these are the colours of the flowers and one is a clear - this is a wild dice. You then take it in turns to select a coloured dice from the middle and draw a loop around that number of flowers. For example, a yellow four means that you are aiming to circle four yellow flowers which are aligned horizontally or vertically on your pad. Sometimes this is not possible and you have to circle flowers of the wrong colour or miss one flower, you then make a mark next to an unhappy customer for each incorrect action. Once all players have selected a dice, the round is over.

You continue rolling, selecting and marking until someone has completed four flower beds or all the flowers for three colours. You then score positive points for completed flower beds and for being 1st, 2nd or 3rd to circle all of one colour of flower. You subtract the unhappy customer tally and find your final score. The player with most points wins.

It's a lovely gentle game about arranging flowers. What makes it fascinating is racing opponents to finish combinations, whilst also sharing the same resources. Sometimes you should hold out for the perfect combination, while at other times you should grab the dice an opponent needs and score quick points. You learn to make decisions about when to complete tasks well and when to just finish them quickly.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 6-8 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Roll-And-Write and Sequencing

Pieces: Dice and Pen and Pad

Developer: Gamewright (@Gamewright)

Players: 1-5

 

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DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 10 minutes to learn. The rolling and placement of dice is simple to understand, but the shared resources and scoring tactics take longer.
When you first play:
  • Play with two players to reduce the need to compete for resources.
  • Discuss your dice selection and what flowers you circle with the other players.

Play Time: This game will take between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room. You can play this as a one player game, where you compete against yourself to better your overall score.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

6-8 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

No cost data.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Bloom Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Gamewright) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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