Wingspan is in my top 5 of board games. The game components and art are gorgeous, and the game play is fun. You are placing birds in your bird sanctuary by feeding them the food tokens they need and sometimes supplying the eggs.
In a multi player game, the winner is the one with the most points gained from bird cards, eggs, personal bonus cards and end of round bonus points.
It is not a difficult game to learn, but I have to admit I'm not good at it. I don't think I've mastered a winning strategy.... if there is one. With the solo player mode, I'm worse! But I still really enjoy playing this game.
In the solo play version, you are playing against an Automa system.
The Automa system is a deck of cards in which you flip over one per Automa turn and compare it to what round you are on. It will then tell you what actions to take for the Automa. There is also 2 double sided cards that tell you what scoring to give the Automa for the end of each round.
It is a clever system with different levels of difficulty for you to try. I'm terrible at it.
I've only ever tried the easiest "Eaglet' level of difficulty and I've only won once!!
I played 3 games last night and lost all 3.
Game 1 Me 63 - Automa 71
Game 2 Me 61 - Automa 77
Game 3 Me 51 - Automa 83
So do I like the solo play? Yes! Even though I'm bad at it. I think it is fun because it is a challenge.
With multi player the game is good playing against other players, competing with them for birds, bonus points and food resources. In a solo game the game is more of a puzzle, trying to figure out how to beat Automa!
Solo games take about 20 -30 minutes.
My ranking compared to the other solo games I've reviewed:
1st: Clans of Calendonia
I think I like Clans best because the game does not change much from playing multi player.