Beyond the Sun review

Beyond the Sun Board Game Review


Name: Beyond the Sun

BGG Weight: 3.12 / 5

Year Published: 2020

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Designer: Dennis K. Chan

Number of Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 90-120 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Science Fiction, Civilization Building

Board Game Mechanics: Action Drafting, Area Majority / Influence, Contracts, Events, Point to Point Movement



Strategy: 9.2

Complexity: 7.8

Player Interaction: 6.5

Replayability: 8.4

Game Rating: 8.6

Cost: 6.0



Weight Rating = 17.0

Playability rating = 15.7

Play Rating score = 65.4

Value Rating = 10.90


Final Score Rating = 76.30



Beyond the Sun is a space-themed civilization building game that challenges players to build the most advanced civilization in the galaxy. Players take turns placing workers on the board to collect resources, research technologies, build structures, and explore the galaxy. The game features a unique tech tree system that allows players to specialize in different fields of research and gain powerful abilities. The variable player powers add replayability, as each player has a unique advantage that can be leveraged in different ways. The game offers a good balance between complexity and strategy, making it accessible to both new and experienced gamers. However, the player interaction is somewhat limited, as there is minimal direct conflict between players.

Beyond the Sun offers solo play with an automa system that provides a good challenge for solo gamers. Cooperative play is not available.


10 other games that may appeal to someone who liked Beyond the Sun:

  1. Terraforming Mars – A science fiction game with a similar engine building and resource management mechanic, where players compete to terraform Mars.
  2. Eclipse – A space exploration game with an emphasis on ship customization and strategic combat.
  3. Gaia Project – A sci-fi game that has a similar tech tree and worker placement mechanic, where players compete to colonize a new galaxy.
  4. Sidereal Confluence – A trading and negotiation game set in a sci-fi universe where players compete to build a galactic empire.
  5. Twilight Imperium – A classic game that is similar to Beyond the Sun but has a greater emphasis on player interaction, diplomacy, and conflict.
  6. Scythe – A game with a similar engine-building mechanic, but set in an alternate 1920s universe with mechs.
  7. Anachrony – A time travel game with a similar worker placement mechanic that has a unique twist with the use of exosuits.
  8. Underwater Cities – A game with a similar engine-building mechanic, but set underwater, with players trying to develop the best underwater civilization.
  9. Oceans – A game where players create and evolve sea creatures to compete for dominance in the ocean.
  10. Dominant Species – A game with a similar theme of evolution and survival, where players compete for dominance in a changing ecosystem.

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