Mandala Mind: The Card Game is a puzzly cooperative mindfulness-themed game for 1 to 2 players that takes about 20 to 30 minutes to play.
In Mandala Mind, you play as the frame of mind of a person who is meditating on an image of a mandala. This person is distracted at the beginning of their meditation, and your goal is to help them focus. Once focus has been achieved, you will have succeeded in bringing them into the joy of the present moment!
Mandala Mind is played over a series of rounds, where you will interact with a 3 x 3 grid of mandala cards representing a person's consciousness. You will help this person focus by removing distraction using frame of mind actions and mandala abilities.
Before each game, you will choose a scenario inspired by a type of meditation. Each scenario has two phases that have different goals for you to complete. You win the game by achieving optimal focus at scenario-specific mandala cards in the warm-up phase and by removing all distraction from every mandala in the meditation phase.
"I think it is a fantastic little brain burner that is deceptively challenging, and you can ramp up the complexity too." - Lance from Love 2 Hate Board Game Reviews
Please note there have been some minor changes to the game design and components since this preview.
"I think this one is great to come home after work, sit down, and release your distractions. It’s kind of perfect for that. It’s a really puzzly game." - Paul from Dads & Dice
Please note there have been some minor changes to the game design and components since this playthrough.
"It has gorgeous illustrations and is so puzzly! And because it's a game about finding mindfulness and serenity, I can't help but get into that mindset when I play." - Chris from Magic and Meeples
"It’s quick – it’s a 30 minute game. I really like the mechanics of turning the cards [...] it’s a pretty easy game to understand with a hard end goal." - Sam from Love 2 Hate Board Game Reviews
"I personally enjoy playing with oversized cards and all components are nice quality. [...] Packaging is compact and I think it would travel well for a game on the go!" - Shelby and Joe from Board Games for Two
"This is a game I can definitely see myself putting on my coffee table, sitting on the couch, playing some lo-fi music, and just figuring out the puzzle. [...] I can see myself getting lost in the puzzle of figuring out how to optimize the moves." - Devin from Dads & Dice
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|Publish Date||September 07, 2023|
I would go so far as to say this is one of the best solo experiences I’ve had with such a small type of game [...] something I can play in 30 minutes or less and feel like I’m really burning my brain.