Lanterns: The Harvest Festival – Foxtrot Games – Review

I don’t know why it took me so long to play this game because it is a blast. It is easy, has a lot of player interaction, and looks good on the table. It is an excellent filler in between games.

Mary Crabtree

MeepleGamers

9.5/10

Theme and What is it?

10/10
All the rice and wheat is harvested, and it is now time to celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than by having a Harvest Festival! In Lanterns, players are artisans. They will decorate the palace lake with floating lanterns competing for the most honor.

Gameplay Mechanics

10/10
Players can make up to three actions in this order. The first two are optional. The third is mandatory.
  1. Spend two favor tokens to swap out a lantern card in front of you with a lantern card from the supply.
  2. Make a dedication by turning in a set of Lantern cards. There are three types of dedication tokens: turn in three pairs of different colored Lantern cards, turn in four of one color, or turn in one of each color. Each dedication gives the player a certain number of honor points.
  3. Place a lake tile next to an already-laid lake tile. The lanterns can be places to any color, however, if you made color matches, you gain those lantern cards in front of you. In addition, if there are platforms on these color matches, you gain favor tokens which can then be spent in the first action on your next turn. Then, every player gains a lantern card matching the side that is oriented toward them. Players take turns taking these actions until they have placed all the lake tiles. The player with the most honor wins!

Initial Impressions

8.5/10

I have always looked at this game and then chosen something else to buy. I don’t know why I kept passing it up. I love tile placing games and it is very colorful. I am happy that I finally tried it out!

Game Build Quality

8.5/10

The tiles are not as thick as Carcassonne but thick enough. They are much bigger which is very pleasing to the eye and they make good table presence. The dedication tokens are about the same thickness.

The favor tokens are wooden and exquisite. The lantern cards are the smaller cards and are linen.

Artistic Direction

9/10

Lanterns has beautiful art. Each lantern is its own design which helps those that are colorblind to play. The artwork on the tiles themselves is unique and fits the theme.

Fun Factor

10/10

This game is great. You can open it, pull out the rules and have it on the table playing within minutes. Both groups I played with enjoyed it and picked up on the mechanics immediately. This game is good for serious gamers and non-gamers.

Age Range & Weight

10/10

Foxtrot recommends Lanterns for ages 8 and up. This is spot on. The difficulty level is low, but this is not a game just for children. Gamers of all ages can enjoy.

Conclusions

10/10

I don’t know why it took me so long to play this game because it is a blast. It is easy, has a lot of player interaction, and looks good on the table. It is an excellent filler in between games.