Gift of Tulips Review
Players can collect and give away tulips in this family-friendly card game inspired by Amsterdam's Tulip Festival.
In 2022, Weird Giraffe Games released Gift of Tulips, a card game designed by Sara Perry.
We had the chance to check out Gift of Tulips.
What is Gift of Tulips? What is this game about?
Gift of Tulips is a family-friendly card game for 2-6 players with a recommended age of 8+. The game is inspired by Amsterdam’s Tulip Festival, and will challenge players to earn as many points as possible by collecting, gifting, and playing Tulip Cards.
Each game of Gift of Tulips has an expected play time of 20 minutes.
How do you play this game?
Gift of Tulips features beautiful Tulip Cards in four varieties. For ease, we’ll call these varieties “purple,” “blue,” “pink,” and “orange,” though the game does provide information about the real tulips that inspired the cards. Throughout each game, players will work to earn as many points as possible by adding tulips to the bouquet in front of them, giving tulips to other players, and / or adding tulips to the Festival in the center of the gameplay area.
On each turn, the active player will draw a Tulip Card from the deck and will need to decide which of three actions to take with that card: Keep the Tulip Card for their own bouquet, give the Tulip Card to another player (they’ll add it to their own bouquet), or play the Tulip Card to the Festival area.
If players want to play a card to the Festival area, they’ll have two options to choose from: Play the card face up to the Festival to adjust the value of the matching variety of tulip or play the card face down to the Secret Festival deck, which will be used at the end of the game to determine the final value of each tulip variety.
Once players play their first Tulip Card, they’ll need to draw a second Tulip Card from the deck and complete a different action. That is, they can’t complete the same action twice on their turn.
Each Tulip Card has a point value in the top-right corner of the card. When a Tulip Card is played to the Festival, it’s stacked with the Tulip Cards of the same variety (if there are already matching cards in the Festival), and the numbers on the matching cards are totalled to determine the variety’s current value. You can keep track of the current value of each tulip variety on a Tulip Tracking Card.
The Festival area has four “places,” or ranking positions, with the most valuable tulip at any one time being in “1st Place,” the second-most valuable tulip being in “2nd Place,” and so on. The value of each tulip variety can change as the game progresses based on players’ actions, which helps encourage players to think strategically as they decide which action to take with each Tulip Card on their turn.
When a tulip variety has a value that is equal to or higher than another tulip variety in the Festival, it will be moved to that tulip’s position, and the other tulip varieties will slide one spot to the right.
For example, let’s say the blue tulips are in 1st Place with a value of “10” and the purple tulips are in 4th Place with a value of “8.” If someone plays a purple tulip with a value of “3” to the Festival, the value of the purple tulips increases to “11” and the purple tulips are moved to 1st Place. The other tulip varieties in the Festival will slide one position to the right as a result. This means the blue tulips would now be in 2nd Place.
On each turn, players may instantly earn points for keeping tulips for themselves or giving tulips away, depending on the current ranking position of the associated tulip in the Festival. At the end of the game, players can earn additional points based on the final value of each tulip variety and the number of matching Tulip Cards they’ve accumulated in their bouquet. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Is this game fun to play?
Gift of Tulips has lots of different factors to keep track of in terms of the actions you can take on each turn and the different ways you can earn points. We found the game takes some time to learn and teach to new players, but once your family understands the rules, the experience takes on a fun, casual flow.
In addition, while the game encourages players to think strategically before taking each action, the gameplay is still simple enough that players can have a conversation while playing, which we really appreciate.
Overall, we really enjoyed Gift of Tulips.
Is there anything else parents need to know about this game?
Gift of Tulips contains some very small components that are used to keep track of each player’s score and the current value of each tulip variety. In between games, these components can be stored in two small, plastic bags that are included with the game. While Gift of Tulips isn’t designed for young children (the game has an age rating of 8+), families should take care to prevent littles from getting ahold of these pieces, as they can easily be lost and may pose a choking hazard.
What’s the final verdict?
Gift of Tulips is a beautiful and fun card game. While it may take a moment for players to understand the rules and teach the game to new players, the end experience offers a nice combination of strategic and casual gameplay.
We recommend checking this one out.
Gift of Tulips can be purchased on the Weird Giraffe Games website for $19.
Disclosure: SuperParent received a copy of Gift of Tulips for coverage purposes.