In Canvas, you play as a painter competing in an art competition. Players will collect art cards, layering 3 of them together to create their own unique Painting. Each card contains a piece of artwork as well as a set of icons used during scoring. Icons will be revealed or hidden based on the way players choose to layer the cards making for an exciting puzzle. Paintings are scored based on a set of Scoring cards which will change each game. Once players have created and scored 3 paintings the game ends.
On your turn you may take an Art card or make a painting. Art cards are selected from a row of cards in the center of play. Each of these cards has a cost associated with their position. After selecting an Art card you must pay its cost by placing an Inspiration token on each of the cards to its left. If you do not have enough Inspiration tokens, you may not select that card. Any tokens on the card you have selected are kept for future turns. The far left card costs no Inspiration tokens to take.
If you have three or more Art cards you may choose to make a painting. Select 3 of your art cards, arrange them in any order and then score them by comparing the visible icons on your painting to the Scoring conditions.
Once all players have made 3 paintings the game ends.
The player with the most points wins!
—description from the publisher
Solo, 2 Players, 3 Players, 4 Players, 5 Players
30m – 30m
Andrew Nerger, Jeff Chin
Increase Value of Unchosen Resources, Layering, Open Drafting, Solo / Solitaire Game, Hand Management, Set Collection
Card Game, Puzzle
Asmodee China, Engames, GateOnGames, Gém Klub Kft., Kaissa Chess & Games, Lavka Games, Road To Infamy Games (R2i Games), Ігромаг, ADC Blackfire Entertainment, Asmodee, Awaken Realms, Korea Boardgames co., Ltd.
A light game that's good for casual players. You assemble cute pieces of art, but the art itself is completely separate from the scoring swatches, which unfortunately puts the main appeal of the game in the back seat during play.
Really beautiful art and interesting names for artworks. A bit of a thinker. Not very stressful and relatively quick.
Well-produced game with a very breezy design. Of course, the art is amazing. The rules are very lightweight, but I was surprised how non-trivial the decisions were. Fantastic length. Looking forward to trying the expansions.