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Wingspan Board Game (2019) is a collecting game where players seek to attract the best birds to their nature reserve. You collect cards, use resources and gain actions to build your collection of birds. This is a game of quite literally managing your reserves, as you carefully deploy your collection of birds, so their individual qualities contribute to your overall success.

You play as keen birdwatchers and work to attract rare birds to live in your wildlife reserve. You roll dice to harvest food for each bird so you can move them from the shared area to the correct habitat in your reserve. Each bird has special abilities that help you to attract other birds and score points in a variety of ways. For example, Bird cards allow you to gain food, lay eggs and "tuck" birds into your habitat.

It gets interesting because of the incredible array of Bird cards, each presenting a real bird in great detail. Understanding the specific aspects of each bird lets you maximise the positive impact that these have on your overall nature reserve.

As you play, your reserve becomes populated with more varied birds, giving you a wider choice of actions to build your collection in a more effective way. Get this right and score big bonuses and inch closer to being the player with the most points at the end of four rounds.

It's a game about building your knowledge and your card collection at the same time. Like understanding the habits and behaviour of real-life birds, the cards have their own unique features, actions and powers, so the deeper your knowledge of the birds, the more successful you are likely to be.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Wingspan Board Game 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting game with Strategy and World Building elements. You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 1 hour to learn. Although the mechanics of this game are not too complex, the vast number of Bird cards and their own unique actions mean that this is a game that takes a lot longer to master.

When you first play it's useful to do the following:
  • Start by using the Swift Start guide contained in the box, as it guides you through a simplified version of the game.
  • Familiarise yourself with the types of birds and consider how they may work together in a reserve.

Play Time: This game will take between 45 minutes and 1 and a half hours to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to have the ability to read the Bird cards in detail and to fully understand the rules and powers that they unlock as the game progresses.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-5

Genres: Collecting (Strategy and World Building)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Cards, Dice, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Stonemaier Games (@StonemaierGames)

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