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Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter by Z-Man Games, Inc.
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Manufacturer: Z-Man Games, Inc.  Visit their site
Designer: Richard Breese
Players: 2 to 4
Time: 90 Minutes
Categories: Nautical
Farming
Animals
Mechanics: Tile Placement
Set Collection
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Our Price:  $34.95 - Retail $49.99
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From the Publisher...

Reef Encounter is about life on a coral reef! Using polyp tiles, players grow different types of corals, which they can protect from being attacked by other corals through judicious placing of their four wooden shrimp. To be successful players must consume polyps from neighboring corals in order to acquire the ‘consumed’ polyp tiles that are the key to the game. The consumed polyp tiles have a myriad of uses (and have a similar effect to the action points in games like Tikal and Java). Most importantly they can be used to flip over or lock the coral tiles, which determine the respective values of the different types of coral at the end of the game.

Contents:
16 wooden shrimp
20 wooden alga cylinders
50 wooden larva cubes
200 polyp tiles
10 coral tiles
4 parrotfish containers
4 coral reef boards
1 open sea board
4 player screens
4 turn action cards
1 cloth bag

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A.J. Sansom

The deceptively cute look of the game will draw your friends in, but it's the depth of the strategic decisions that you can make that will make them ask for a second (or even third) game of the night! I wouldn't recommend bringing this out as your first game, or introducing a non-gamer with this game, but if you have players who enjoy a more-strategic game, this could be your fix.

Dog
This is one complicated game, but it's excellent once you swallow the nature of it. I love the mechanics, the complexity, and the theme.

A.J. Sansom
I thought this was a light game about Nemo and his friends. Not at all! This is a real deep strategy game with plenty of choices and great potential for replaying. Check out a full review and see if this game is for you!


Reef Encounter is a fairly complex strategy game with only a limited amount of luck involved. It reminds me quite a bit of Tigris and Euphrates (T&E), but with an easier to grasp theme. I also find, that Reef Encounter is an improvement over T&E, since it adds more choices and has a much stronger spatial element - making it more important how you build your structures.

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