GenCon Preview: Palm Island

From the publisher:

Palm Island is a portable game that you can take with you anywhere. Sitting, standing, waiting, riding, flying, relaxing, alone, or together you can play Palm Island no table required.

Using a deck transforming mechanic a player uses just 17 cards over 8 rounds to shape their island and overcome its unique challenges. Store resources to pay for upgrades and upgrade buildings to access new abilities. Each decision you make will alter your village from round to round. At the end of 8 rounds calculate your victory points.

Each card has four states or positions. The face-up, top section is the active area on each card and represents the card's current state. Through upgrading your cards with rotate and flip allowing you to access the other sections of each card and improve your village by increasing resource production and gaining more victory points.

While playing solo, players can achieve feats by meeting specific criteria during their games. Once they have earned a feat, it's card can be used in all future games. Collect more feats for more abilities and score even more points.

Why I’m Interested in It

For one, I backed this game on Kickstarter. I’d love to see it in person even before I receive it. (I may even purchase a copy at GenCon!) But regardless if I backed it or not, the game is an extremely portable card game - hence the name - that plays solo (there is a 2-player option.) The art looks well done, and with solo players achieving feats, this might be a game that goes with me everywhere to pass any free time I have.

The mechanics of Palm Island are simple, but each card has multiple states of play on each side of the card: the active area, then ways to upgrade your cards to make your village better. There are resources and victory points. It’s like a big resource management and city building game right in the…wait for it…PALM of your hands.

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Gregory Gregory Author