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Trellis Review

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Trellis - Breaking Games $25.00
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Game title: Trellis

Game description: Trellis is a game where players plant tiles in order to create a growing tableau of beautiful vines. Each tile adds more vines and an opportunity to grow flowers that bloom through matching colored vines. First to play all their flowers completes the Trellis.

Overall
3.2
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

It’s hard to pass by Trellis without at least stopping to take a look. The black box filled with tangles of colorful vines is visually striking and immediately grabs your attention. Inside the box is a game of equal beauty, and clever simplicity. Trellis is a game of growing vines and blooming flowers. A tile laying game where players try to be the first to bloom all 15 of their flowers while keeping their opponents’ vines short and their flowers closed.

Pros

Stunning artwork

Simple rules

Quick play

Cons

Rulebook could be clearer

 

Full Trellis Review

It’s hard to pass by Trellis without at least stopping to take a look. The black box filled with tangles of colorful vines is visually striking and immediately grabs your attention. Inside the box is a game of equal beauty, and clever simplicity. Trellis is a game of growing vines and blooming flowers. A tile laying game where players try to be the first to bloom all 15 of their flowers while keeping their opponents’ vines short and their flowers closed.

At the start of the game each player gets 15 flowers and 3 tiles from the randomly shuffled stack. There’s also a central starting tile that gets placed in the center of the table. The game begins, and each player runs through 3 different phases before it’s the next player’s turn.

Trellis Review - Gameplay
A game in action

A player’s turn starts by them placing a tile on the table and checking for Blooms (more on that in a bit). Vine colors don’t need to match, but matching vines is how Blooms happen. Then, they take a flower and claim a vine, checking for Blooms again. Finally, they check to see if they caused any of their opponent’s flowers to Bloom. If so, they can claim another vine for each of those instances.

So what is Blooming? If a claimed vine is ever next to an empty segment of that color vine on an adjacent tile, the flower Blooms and the Blooming player may place a flower on that vine. This is your primary path to victory, causing Blooms for yourself and trying to block those of opponents until you run out of flowers.

Trellis is ultra-simple to learn, offers a good amount of choices during play, and looks absolutely fabulous on the table. My one complaint is that the rule book, while answering all the questions I had come up during play, took a bit of time to answer said questions. At first glance it reads really well, giving you the basics and getting you playing. A few items that go into detail about more specific items that pop up during play weren’t as easy to find, even though they were in there.

In the end, Trellis is a game that has earned its spot on our shelf. It’s a great game to play 2, 3, or 4 player with either adults or kids. It’s easy enough to have it opened, setup, learned, and ready to play in around 5 minutes and it’s certain to draw quite a few stares from new players with it’s colorful illustrations.

A copy of Trellis was provided free for review by Breaking Games

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