Z-Man announces Noctiluca

Z-Man Games has announced a new game called Noctiluca.  Perhaps the first thing that catches your attention about Noctiluca is that it is designed by Shem Phillips, best known for games like Raiders of the North Sea and Architects of the West Kingdom.  However, Noctiluca is a departure from the worker placement of those games.

Noctiluca appears to be a dice-based set collection game.  In Noctiluca, players are divers making their way through the water attempting to collect creatures called noctiluca, which are known for their curative properties.  Points are scored by filling jar cards with different combinations of the creatures.  Four colors of dice represent the varieties of noctiluca.

“When the noctiluca surface, the pool is filled with a rainbow glow. The colorful noctiluca can cure numerous ailments with merely their glowing presence. Healers from around the world will reward the skilled divers who can catch these rare creatures.”

The game is for 1 – 4 players, with an estimated play time of 30 minutes.  There is a double-sided board and over 100 dice in the box.  Z-Man did not provide a specific release date for the game, but more information can be found on the game’s product page and official announcement.

Tim is an electrical engineer in the aviation industry. He lives in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area with his wife, son and dog. He buys more games every year than he plays.