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Board game review & gameplay of: Cytosis: a Cell Biology Game

Game design: J.J Coveyou

Illustrations: T. Bogusz

  • 8/10
  • 10+
  • 2-4 players
  • 60-90 minutes


Cytosis is a workerplacement game in which players collect lipides, mRNA, ATP and proteins and convert these into cell components such as enzymes, protein hormones and such. 

Players take turns placing a flask (worker) on an empty spot on the board resolving its action. If all players run out of flasks, the round is over and they collect their flasks back. Each new round starts with an event for the event deck, giving one action a small benefit. If this deck is empty this means the final round has started! After this round players count their final scores and the player with the most points wins the game.


Cytosis is a fast-paced workerplacement game, with a nice set collection element. Playing around with this theme makes me go back to my biology lessons, reminding a bit of how it all works in our bodies. 

The mechanics work very well. There is a lot to do on the board and sometimes you just really want to be the first to get to a certain space. I really like how the game is balanced. I've played a couple of games now, and every game the scores tend to be very close. 

The game looks good, the looks fit the theme very well. And I think that if you are into cell biology, you can really appreciate this game. But also if you're not, the game just works. It's a great game, with an awesome theme. I'm a fan!


A copy of this game was provided to me by Genius Games for the purpose of writing this review. My opinion however remains my own.

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