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Solutions (2021)

Game design: Samuel Levac-Levey

  • 7/10
  • 10+
  • 1-8 players
  • 30-120 minutes

Gameplay

This is a serious game, intended to learn the players something simply by playing it. It's no secret I'm a huge fan of serious games, it can make dealing with serious issues fun, and create new perspectives on matters.

In this game, your goal is to stay below a certain temperature increase by suggesting sustainability solutions. Every player will at all times have 3 solution cards in hand and take turns either playing a card or passing. 

Once a second card is suggested, the cards will be turned to their other sides, showing numbers ranging from 1-76. 1 being the most impactful, 76 less impactful. If they where arranged from most impactful to less impactful, the next player may choose to suggest a solution. Discussions are highly encouraged in this game. 

The round ends either by sorting a solution wrongly or by 2 players passing. The temperature will decrease by the correctly sorted solution cards, minus 2 for each wrongly sorted card. 

Then a new round begins. Temperature increases, the years passed moves one space up and players start suggesting solutions again. 

If the temperature is raised by 5 degrees, game ends and the players lost. If players reach the year 2050, and players are below target temperature, they win.

Thoughts

Since my master degree focussed on sustainability I'm eager to 'saving the world from Climate Change', and raising awareness plays a large role when it comes to sustainability. And this is precisely the aim of this game, educate on the impact of different sustainable solutions. 

Does it succeed? In my opinion it does. Every card comes with a explanation of the solution, which I find fun to read. Learning that solar farms are more impactful than smart thermostats is quite good for people in general. There is however not much replay value, as you will know the impact of solutions.

The rulebook was only reachable via a QR code, I do think it is nice they apply the concept of sustainability also to the physical game itself. The rulebook was still work in progress.

👉 This game really is an educational conversationstarter.

Solutions will be live on Kickstarter July 13th, check out their Kickstarter page 

7/10

A copy of this game was provided to me by Samuel Levac-Levey for the purpose of writing this review. My opinion however remains my own.

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