What's going on everyone!? When I found out about Agricola Family Edition from Mayfair Games I just HAD to check it out. I've never played the original but I know that as much as I always wanted to it seemed like a heavier game that would be hard to get my family to play frequently.
This new edition promised to simplify the game and help bring it onto the game table of more families. With that being the case I couldn't pass up the chance to introduce this one to my family!
So grab your tools and get ready for a farmers tan because we're going to take a look at Agricola Family Edition!
First off, remember that I nor my family have any experience with Agricola. That being said, this is a complete "Newbie" review from fresh eyes.
Players start by taking a home tile and their preferred color of meeples as well as some food after player order is determined. Place three meeples off to the side and place the other two on your house tile.
At the beginning of each round you will refill the spaces on the board and move the round marker down the path.
The first player then places one of their meeples on one of the various spaces on the left side of the board. More spaces will open as rounds go on but in the beginning you're sort of limited. This is a nice way of giving you options but also allowing you to learn the game as you go so you get more comfortable as the rounds progress. These spaces will also be different depending on how many players there are as you will be using a different section of the board for 1, 2, 3 and 4 players.
You will be placing your meeples and collecting resources in regular worker placement fashion as well as using those resources to buy other tiles that will add to your homestead. Some are plowed land, others are buildings that allow you do exchange other resources for food or victory points.
After certain rounds you will have a harvest. This is when you must "feed" your family by paying 2 food for each meeple you have on their own space. In order to grow your family which will give you more turns in a round you must be on a space that will produce a new meeple for your family.
By the end of the last harvest (14th round) you will have established your homestead and farm. Players will then count up all their points depending on the certain tiles they may have as well as by animal count and various other factors and the player with the highest score wins!
On to my opinion:
Game Art: The art on this one is very vibrant and cheerful. It portrays the theme and overall mood of the game very well.
Gameplay: Quick and easy to learn ensures that this game is going to be a hit with families that would like a worker placement game with a little depth but not so much as to require a lot of time to play or learn. We have played this game many many times now, probably 15+ times and just love it!
Game Quality: The quality is just as high as you might expect from Mayfair games which is great. With all the times we've played, there still isn't any wear on the cardboard tokens or the board edges.
Should you buy this game? If you want to get your family into a worker placement/resource management style game, like the farming theme or simply want a nice game to sit around and play without investing an entire evening then yes, this game is DEFINITELY for you!
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As always, thank you for reading and don't forget to stop and smell the meeples! :)