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Canvas (2021) is a creative collecting game where you layer transparent cards and backgrounds to make unique pictures. The aim is to match your art to the target style each round, indicated by icons on the cards. This layering of cards creates a fascinating challenge that both creates interesting pictures and an intricate scoring system.

Play begins by selecting a combination of four scoring conditions that define which symbols (and related art) you need in your picture to impress the judges. Each player then receives three blank canvases to complete by purchasing Art cards from the central Art Market area.

You purchase Art cards by placing your currency on each Art card you don't want, working from the left. This currency stays on that card until someone picks it. This means that going for the highest-scoring card is not always possible. Also, it can be worth taking the lower-scoring cards if that means you get some currency back with them.

Once you have enough cards you can create a painting by combining three cards. You need to take care to organise the layers so they meet the requirements of the different judges. The Canvas card is also reversible with different starting icons on the back that may offer better combinations with your Art cards (also prettier pictures).

The conditions you are aiming for may be that you need one of each icon, or maybe two specific icons next to each other, or maybe one icon of each colour. If you score multiple ribbons from the same judge with your three paintings you get a score multiplier.

The result is not only a highly tactical game but one where you are creating beautiful-looking artworks -- they even generate unique names. As you progress, the developing market for Art cards, and the selecting of judging criteria combine to develop wide-ranging strategies for maximising your score.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Canvas 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Sequencing game with Creative and Push-Your-Luck elements. You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room. Best with 4 players.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 25 minutes to learn. Understanding how to construct your artwork is straightforward. However, understanding the importance of your composition, judges and the Art card market takes longer.

Before you play it's good to try out some different combinations of Art cards and see what different judges would score them.

Play Time: This game will take between 25 minutes and half an hour to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The sedate nature of the game requires some patience from younger players. They also need to be able to think ahead for scoring opportunities and layer their Art cards in the best order for a combination of different scoring criteria.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

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

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-5

Genres: Collecting, Sequencing (Creative and Push-Your-Luck)

Accessibility: 0 features documented

Components: Board, Cards and Tokens


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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