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A cute 2-4 player puzzle card game about cells. Equal parts strategy and luck!

SAIBOU is the Japanese word for “cell”. Your goal is simple - create a culture of 9 cells in a 3x3 group before your opponents can! Use versatile Stem Cells and Macrophages to fill in gaps and protect yourself, but watch out! Other players can use nasty Bacteria and Virus cards to infect your cells and eat them!

Whether you play carefully or care-free, the luck of the draw and the other players will shake things up for sure!

Part card game, part puzzle, all fun! Quickest games played with two players, but can be played by up to four. The cards in SAIBOU are deliberately designed with no text, so that anyone can be taught to play by example.

First Edition contains a bonus thank you card.

Keep it as a souvenir, or use it for your own house rule!

This edition contains the UV Coating on all cards, which really makes the art pop! If you prefer to also have the Linen Texture option, it is available for a little extra here: SAIBOU (Linen Texture)

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・Introduction tutorial video from a talented friend.


(Updated February 11th)

・Price of SAIBOU has been lowered until March 2020! All sales until then will receive the bonus “1st Edition Thank You” card!

・Stronger small pro box version coming soon for all you collectors.

・New white wink part replaces the out of stock white indented token. So current photos do not show exactly what’s in the box.


(For the 1st Edition) from Yatta Fanzine (in French), The Hungry Gamer, Purple Phoenix Games - with more coming soon!


The Tuesday Knight Podcast episode 183. You can hear about the creation of the game, and a little bit about myself!

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More box and component photos courtesy of a friend in the US: SAIBOU (細胞)




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Why buy this?

Saibou is an utterly delightful game. It is simple, easy to learn and fun to play. The art is incredible.

  • Quick games! 2 player games usually average <15 min each.
  • Fun for all ages! No reading required during gameplay.
  • Adorable brightly colored artwork!




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Publish Date July 12, 2019
Edition First
Department Card Games
Genre Science
Theme Viruses
Audience Casual Gamer
Primary Mechanic Pattern Matching


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  • This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.


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Own It Played It Fun Priced Well High Replay Value Well Written Rules Nice Artwork


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