Wingspan: European Board Game Expansion by Stonemaier Games

Wingspan: European Board Game Expansion by Stonemaier Games

In this first expansion to Wingspan, we increase the scope of the world to include the regal, beautiful, and varied birds of Europe. These birds feature a variety of new abilities...

This Expansion Works With:

Expansion Pack

Setup Time
10 Mins
Play Time
40-70 Mins
1 to 5
Age Level
8 and Up
Our Reviews
$26.00 USD
$26.00 USD
Our Reviews Details What's in the Box? How To Play Rule Book Reviews and Questions

Wingspan - A Family Review

Think birdwatching is a snorefest? Think again! Wingspan is a delightful, cozy, birdwatching game that increased our limited bird knowledge tenfold.

Our kids loved the gorgeous art, the birdhouse dice roller, the adorable egg tokens, and the nearly 200 bird cards (each featuring a unique real-life bird species). It’s not an exaggeration to say that Wingspan is one of the most intentional, cleverly designed, satisfying games we’ve ever played.

11yo: “I liked that it had bird facts for every bird.”

The game box says players should be 14+, and the rules definitely seemed overwhelming at first. But don’t be discouraged! Wingspan comes with a five-turn walkthrough, where up to four players can learn as they play. It was incredibly helpful. Our eleven-year-old had the game figured out by the end of the walkthrough, though our nine-year-old took a little bit longer.

After they had the rules in hand, the next challenge was focus. They needed to focus—and we needed to support them—through each turn’s multiple actions. But, even though turns can be complicated, Wingspan has an incredibly chill vibe. Like strolling through a forest.

It’s a competitive game (only one player wins), but players are never directly targeting each other. Someone might grab the bird you wanted, and that’s a bummer, but ultimately, everyone is looking to make their best collection of birds, not trying to figure out how to make other players lose. We love that for a family game! It makes it easy to cheer for the successes of everyone playing.

And if you’re playing with teens (or adults)? This game will challenge them to make active choices, plan ahead, and anticipate game changes.

Be careful though, players planning their turns in advance may make it seem like no one is paying attention. And a table of people engrossed in their own game board isn’t exactly family game night. Our solution? We kept our table engaged by encouraging the kids to share bird facts from their cards.

Wingspan is a longer game. It’s one you settle into for an afternoon or evening. The box says 40 to 70 minutes, and our first game took 140 minutes (2 hours and 20 minutes). But! Allowing for the fact that we were playing with much younger kids than recommended, and it was our first time, that makes sense. It will definitely be faster the next time we play, and we are definitely going to play it again. We have more birds to discover.

If you enjoy an innovative, interlocking dance of actions and interactions as pretty as a flock of birds in flight, Wingspan is definitely for you. It’s a cool game, and it’s a piece of art.

Helpful Hints

  • Wingspan has an official playlist on Spotify you can put on as you play. There are also apps that have the bird songs of each bird in the game to fully immerse yourself!
  • Going to say this again—use the walkthrough! It’s a great way to learn, and it only takes about half of your first round (of four rounds).
  • Younger kids can pick their actions easily. They just need help executing the steps of those actions in the correct order.


In this first expansion to Wingspan, we increase the scope of the world to include the regal, beautiful, and varied birds of Europe. These birds feature a variety of new abilities, including a number of birds with round end abilities, abilities that increase interaction between players, and birds that benefit from excess cards/food. Along with the new bonus cards, they’re designed to be shuffled into the original decks of cards (and cards from future expansions).

The European Expansion also includes an additional tray for storing the growing collection of birds (past, present, and future), as well as 15 purple eggs, extra food tokens, and a colorful new scorepad designed for both multi-player and single-player scoring.

What's in the Box

  • 81 bird cards (all unique, all new)
  • 15 egg miniatures (purple)
  • 5 bonus cards
  • 4 Automa cards (2 of which are bonus cards)
  • 1 custom tray with lid (now made of eco-friendly sugarcane–it’s white instead of the purple shown in photos and in older videos)
  • 1 scorepad (multi-player on one side, solo on the other)
  • 1 rulebook
  • 5 goal tiles
  • 38 food tokens
  • 1 reference tile
  • 1 box (296x144x80mm; 0.7 kg)

How to Play


Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Taryn James

Terrific. As advertised. Quick delivery.

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