In Agricola (Latin for "farmer"), you're a farmer in a wooden shack with your spouse and little else. On a turn, you get to take only two actions, one for you and one for the spouse, from all the possibilities you'll find on a farm: collecting clay, wood or stone; building fences; and so on. You might think about having kids in order to get more work accomplished, but first you need to expand your house. And what are you going to feed all the little rugrats?
Agricola is a turn-based game. There are 14 game turns plus 6 harvest phases (after turn 4, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 14). Each player starts with two playing tokens (farmer and wife) and thus can take two actions per turn. There are multiple options, and while the game progresses, you'll have more and more: first thing in a turn, a new action card is flipped over.
Problem: Each action can be taken just once per turn, so it's important to do some things with high preference. Each player also starts with a hand of 7 Occupation cards (of more than 160 total) and 7 Minor Improvement cards (of more than 140 total) that he may use during the game if they fit in his/her strategy. This amounts to countless strategies, some depending on your card hand. Sometimes it's a good choice to stay on course, sometimes you better react on what your opponents do.
Agricola can also be played without cards (family game) and can even be played solo.
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The game that keeps on giving.Review by Bastien on 14/01/16
There are so many different ways to win this game that you have hours of fun ahead of you to try different paths!
I personally really appreciate games where luck is non existent or kept to a minimum, and Agricola is just such a game. Here, if you win, you can really take pride in it, you haven't win because you were lucky throwing dice, but because you manage to find a strategy and it worked.
I really recommend this game. Be sure to have a large table to play on though as it requires a bit of space!
Challenging Strategy GameReview by Darrell on 23/10/15
- This is a well made and complex strategy game that makes constantly think a few moves ahead. Your moves block the other players as you try and grow you farm and family, trying to keep them fed each harvest. Set aside a couple of hours to give it a go. It's not a casual but enjoyable and challenging. Would certainly recommend playing it.
For fans of Settlers of CatanReview by Matty on 4/04/15
- If you like games like Settlers of Catan, then you will enjoy this game. Like Settlers of Catan, it takes a while to get your head around the rules and game-play, however once you get the hang of it there is plenty of fun to be had. If preferred, you can try this game on iPad for much cheaper before splurging out for the hard copy of the game.