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Board GameSnapshot: Wildlife Photographer Review
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Posted: 12 weeks ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Snapshot: Wildlife Photographer is a push-your-luck game about a photographer looking for the perfect animal snaps. You play by revealing Animal cards, then assigning and rolling dice in order to successfully photograph them. It is a game about risking it all for that perfect photograph.

You play as a photographer trying to take photos to win the most prestige points and become the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. To do this you draw Animal cards and add them to one of four habitats. Squeeze more in for more potential points, but put in too many and they'll get spooked and run off.

To take your photos you have six dice. You first assign some to get into the habitat and the rest to take photos once you are there. So each turn becomes a choice on multiple levels. You need enough dice to get into a habitat, and then decide whether to ensure you capture a specific animal or spread yourself more thinly to capture multiple animals and risk failing completely.

Each animal captured adds to your total, with the more difficult to photograph being worth most points. But you have to balance racing to complete sets of animals for maximum points, with your unique secret objective. The game ends when you reach a target number of photographs and the player with the most prestige points wins.

What starts out as a simple dice placement and rolling game, quickly evolved into a race for victory, where each go you have to decide how best to deploy your dice. Even when you make all the right decisions, luck might leave you lying in the bushes as the animal you were aiming to photograph rushes off into the jungle.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck and Strategy

Pieces: Cards, Dice and Tokens

Developer: Paper Boat Games (@PaperBoatGames)




Learn to Play: This takes 45 minutes to learn. The main gameplay mechanics using the dice are well realised and fairly simple to grasp quickly. However, there are a number of additional rules and other elements that may take you longer to understand.

The first time you play it's worth trying the following:
  • Set aside the tokens and the rules that come with them.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to have the emotional resilience to cope with failing to roll the correct dice needed to capture a photograph. They also need to be able to work towards multiple goals at once.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


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

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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