Over the course of the game, players play their coloured cards into the two mandalas, building the central shared mountains and laying cards into their own fields. As soon as a mandala has all six colours, the players take turns choosing the colours in the mountain and adding those cards to their “river” and “cup”. At the end of the game, the cards in your cup are worth points based on the position of their colours in that player’s river. The player whose cup is worth more points wins.
A mandala is the symbol of an ancient and sacred ritual, where coloured sand is laid to create a symbolic map of the world before the pattern is ceremonially destroyed and the sand cast into the river.
For 2 players only, aged 10 and up, plays in 20 minutes.
See a review of Mandala at the start of this 2020 “self-isolation” Shut up and Sit Down video: