Wednesday, January 4, 2017

3 Seeds by Chara Games ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

If you've read my reviews before then I know I've mentioned how much I love playing games with the family. We recently had the chance to review 3 Seeds by Chara Games, and we had so much fun doing it. This is the second game we've had the pleasure of reviewing my Chara Games and it didn't disappoint!

Who is Chara Games?

Patrick and Katherine Lysaght wanted to design table top games with Christian themes to bring families together. Chara is the Greek word for JOY, and that's exactly what they want their customers to experience while playing their games. Pure JOY!

Let's talk about the game ~

3 Seeds is a card game for 2-5 players and takes around 30 to 45 minutes to play. It is recommended for players 12 and up. Included in the game are:
  • 30 Seed cards
  • 20 Crop cards
  • 14 Harvest cards
  • 17 Event cards
  • 3 Reference cards
  • 1 turn marker
  • 5 colored scoring cubes
  • 8 blue 50 point tokens
  • 1 score card

Upon receiving the game, I was once again impressed with the quality of the game, just as I was with their game Commissioned. They do not cut corners when it comes to quality. The box that it comes in is a nice heavy duty card board. The cards in the game are very vibrant in color and the pawns are made of wood. I love that it is so well made, because that means it will last awhile if taken care of. 

So the game is called 3 Seeds and it's all about reap where you sow. The goal of the game is to get the highest points by sowing into crops with the highest harvest returns. 

There are 5 different colors of "seed" cards. Each player will choose what color they want to be. The seed cards consist of 2 Labor, 2 Money, and 2 Time cards. Each player will will shuffle their seed cards and put them face down. Each player will also receive 1 Crop card to be placed face up, 1 Harvest card to be placed face down, and 1 Event card that is also placed face down. The rest of the Harvest, Event, and Crop cards are placed in the middle of the table. 

When it is your turn, you will draw 3 seed cards from the top of your deck. You will then decide which crop card you want to sow into. It can be any player's crop card that is in play. You will decide whether you want to sow in time, labor, or money into that crop. It will tell you on the crop card how many of each one you will need in order to harvest that card. You will be able to play 2 of the 3 cards that you draw. When you're done you place the 3rd seed card back on the top of your deck. If you complete a harvest, you mark the points you make on the score card by multiplying how many of your cards were used for that crop by the number on the Harvest card. You keep the crop card that was harvested so that you can add the extra points to your total at the end of the game. You will then draw a new Crop card and new Harvest card to play. Each player also has Event cards that have different scenarios on them for you to use throughout the game.

When all of the Crop cards have been played, the game is over. The person with the most points wins.

What did we think about 3 Seeds?

We had a lot of fun with this game. It's easy to understand and fun to play. I think I would recommend this for any family that wants to add a fun game to their collection. My kids that played it were 11 and 15 and both enjoyed it and have asked to play again and again!

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