The ancient Japanese art of cultivating miniature trees in pots becomes a captivating tile-placement board game: Bonsai.
Bonsai can be played solo, challenging the Emperor, or with up to four players, starting from the age of 10. In Bonsai, players are master arborists competing with each other to exhibit their creations in the Imperial Gardens. Each turn, a player can choose to Meditate or Cultivate, which means either taking a card from the board or placing a tile from their reserve, following the rules of placement and growth. When their Bonsai reaches a level indicated by one of the Objective tiles still on the board, the player decides whether to claim it immediately or attempt to reach a more challenging level.
The player who achieves the highest number of points, indicated on the tiles composing their Bonsai, wins the game when no tiles remain on the board. Bonsai has FSC certification for low environmental impact and contributes to the planting of 8,000 trees through a collaboration with Trees for the Future, a nonprofit organization committed to building more resilient communities and a healthier planet.