Board Game
2-4 Players
About 30 Minutes
Grade 3 and Up
Game Schooler Recommendation

The chunky plastic components in the game Reef elevate this game to the next level. But don’t let the beautiful pieces distract you. Behind the polish is a game with easy-to-learn rules with difficult to master strategies. Students must balance short and long-term goals to earn the most points. This push and pull dynamic keeps players engaged and chasing points!

Game Overview

In the game Reef, players take on the role of a coral reef, carefully selecting colors and patterns in which to grow and expand. On each turn, players can choose to pick up a new card from a choice of four, or play a card that is already in hand. Each card provides two reef pieces and a pattern that scores points if the existing reef has it (after placing the two new pieces). Whoever has the most points when the reef pieces (or card deck) run out wins!

  • Competition Competition
    Develops healthy competitive habits as two or more parties compete for a goal that cannot be shared.
  • Spatial Perception Spatial Perception
    Strengthens a player’s understanding of the spatial relationships with the objects in their environment as well as themselves.
  • Tactical Thinking Tactical Thinking
    Challenges players to make decisions based on currently available information.
  • Resource Management Resource Management
    Boosts a player’s capacity to efficiently and effectively oversee available assets.
Game Details
  • Type: Family Game
  • Category: Board Game
  • Designer(s): Emerson Matsuuchi
  • Published: 2018
  • Game Length: About 30 Minutes
  • Players: 2-4 Players
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