I am trying to find a game that is similar to Photosynthesis. Unless I am completely misremembering, it plays very similar to Photosynthesis, with a central area that everybody competes in and a sun that rotates around the board. However, instead of using 2-d cut-outs of trees, as Photosynthesis has, this game had stackable game pieces representing roots, vines, flowers etc.
Does anything like this exist?
I never saw the game in person or played, I believe I saw it on boardgamegeek.com. Takenoko looks the most similar, but the actual game play area was very tight and there were no meeple-type pieces. It seemed like it was a square grid with dimensions of ~7-9 square units (whatever the size of the pieces/ tiles were) and I vaguely remember the pieces having some height to them, like little plastic majong tiles. They may have snapped together, similar to legos, but I'm more uncertain of that last detail than the others.
The sun would "shine" on the gameboard from the 4 cardinal directions and higher stacked tiles would block the light for anything behind it.