Life on the Reef
Dive into the world under the surface.
Create a vibrant diverse reef teeming with life.
Build the best coral combinations to score polyps, and claim parts of the reef with your fish.
Every turn the ecosystem has new challenges in store.
Make the most clever deductions and protect your territory against the dangers.
Get ready to create life
Life on the reef
Life on the Reef is a board game where the players combine coral tokens and build shoals of fish to create a tropical coral reef together. At the same time the players have to manage challenges in the ecosystem, and form strategies against the other players to win.
The project wants to promote what makes coral reefs fascinating, special and worth saving, in contrast to disaster-based images of human impact on the ocean environment. The perspective is shifted by obscuring the human influence, and instead focuses on how much the coral reefs’ inhabitants fight to solve the challenges they face. The players get to act in the circumstances of the ocean, prevent bleaching with the sunscreen corals produce, eat sea urchins with their fish, try to balance the acidification and build mangroves to prevent eutrophication.
Simplifying and illustrating real environmental issues in an exciting and fun board game, while at the same time not undermining the seriousness of the problems, can contribute to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the delicacy of the ocean’s ecosystem. A more positive experience, where the players are confronted by ingenious challenges and manage to defeat the obstacles, can offer hope that it’s possible to make a difference, and evoke interest and dedication in environmental issues.