From the publisher:
Apotheca is a deceptively simple strategy game for 1 to 4 players ages 13 and up, and takes about 30 minutes to play. Players craft potions in a secret marketplace. Hide ingredients to deceive opponents, and use magical powers to mix concoctions. But beware - your opponents are brewing schemes of their own!
Apotheca is played on a 4x4 grid. Players gain points by making matches of three potions of the same color in a row. The first player to make three matches wins. It's easily learned, but the combination of asymmetric powers and secret facedown potions make the game a delicious challenge.
On each turn, players take 2 of 4 possible actions:
Reveal: Reveal a secret potion and gain a gem of that color
Restock: Draw, look at, and place secret potions on the board until there are exactly 3
Power: Use one of your active apothecary powers
Hire: Spend gems to hire new apothecaries
Whenever a player makes a match, they must place it on one of their apothecaries. This removes that apothecary's power for the rest of the game, so it's important for players to keep revealing potions, collecting gems and hiring new apothecaries... all while keeping their opponents at bay!
Deduction is key to Apotheca. Players trap each other with clever spatial moves, bluffing and misdirection. The action economy is very well balanced, so every turn offers an opportunity for strategy and tough decisions.
Mechanics include: Abstract Strategy, Bluffing, Deduction, Puzzle, Action Point Allowance System, Grid Movement, Partnerships and Variable Player Powers.
Recommended Age: 13+
Playtime in minutes: 30
- 1 beautiful game board
- 45 potion tiles
- 36 plastic gems
- 15 unique apothecaries
- 4 apothecary stations
- 4 reference cards
- 3 decree tokens
- 1 extra action token
- Book of rules and lore