It’s the year 2080 and the Earth’s average temperature has raised 3 degrees causing seeming never-ending catastrophes around the globe. Robots have replaced a majority of the world’s workforce causing revolts. Years of dependence on fossil fuels has devastating the environment and water have become more precious than oil. Dangerous new viruses have arisen from the toxic wasteland that we’ve created through repeated abuse of the Earth’s delicate ecosystems.
The world’s population has been halved, and the rest are struggling to hang on. War, famine, and disease are now everyday occurrences.
+3 Degrees is a game coming to Kickstarter soon where players are tasked with rebuilding industry while being conscious of their actions on the environment. The overall goal of the game is to increase the world’s population without damaging the global temperature even more than it’s already been. This is done by completing industries using Labor, Product, and Energy cards. Completed Industries provide education and health that allow you to protect the population and help it grow. Choosing these aspects poorly, however, may raise the temperature of the planet even more, causing more catastrophic events to hit.
The concept of the game is really good, but unfortunately, the execution is a bit clunky. The current rulebook is a bit of a mess, making the game seem way more complicated than it really is with tons of references to different letters, numbers, and oddly placed tracks on each player board. There also seems to be one or two more layers than are really needed to get to the core “fun” of the game. Granted, this is a prototype and all of this is subject to change, but in its current state +3 Degrees falls slightly short of the mark I think it’s going for. Playing time is estimated at 30-120 minutes, but it took me quite a bit to get through my first game between constantly having to reference the rulebook and the confusing layout of the board and player boards.
There’s a good game in here somewhere. There really is. I just hope it can be found before the game’s relaunch in Kickstarter.
A prototype copy of +3 Degrees was provided free for this preview in adherence to A Pawn’s Perspective’s 2018 Preview Policy.
Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn’s Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.