3 Seeds: Reap Where You Sow by Chara Games – Review

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Theme and What is it?

The agricultural life is one of cycles. There is a season for each phase of life. For planting, we reap what we sow and we must pay attention to the little details of the growth process and use resources to help the small seedlings grow into crops that are bountiful. 

In 3 Seeds players use their resources to grow and harvest crops to score as many victory points as possible during the growing season. 

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Gameplay Mechanics

In 3 Seeds you grow and harvest crops by utilizing resources which are Time, Money and Labor. You can choose to grow your crops or you can use your resources to help grow the crops of other players. Both will lead to rewards in the way of victory points. Once a crop is harvested, players keep it in front of them until the final scoring. These completed crops will earn bonuses at the end of the game. Players can also utilize event cards which can change rules or add additional points. Players work on one crop at a time. Once a crop has been harvested, a new crop card and harvest card are drawn. Harvest cards are used as multipliers against the cards that were used to complete the crop. The harvest cards are secret but players can use an action to look at their card or another player’s cards. These cards can even be traded. After a crop has been completed and there are no crop cards left to draw, the game goes into final scoring and the players with the most points wins.

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Initial Impressions

I was actually kind of bummed when the game was over. I really enjoyed the mechanics of the game and the ease of play. Even when you think you had the lead, one harvest card could change the whole score! You were limited in your resources which made you depend on your opponents to help bail you out. The game was easy to follow, easy to play and you had opportunities to mess up other opponents. 

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Game Build Quality

3 Seeds comes in a nice heavy-duty box full of cards, it would be ideal to possibly sleeve them if you want them to keep their durability longer. They are still pretty durable and if taken care of correctly, should last a long time.  It would be nice if the score board had small slits or a way to hold the point markers, because they get easily bumped and move with the slightest touch.

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Artistic Direction

There isn’t too much of a “fun factor” when it comes to the art. But if you really think about it, what can really be drawn when your game is called “3 Seeds”? The colors are earthy with pretty cookie cutter type pictures of money, clocks and grains. I wish they would have gotten creative and added pictures to their crop. There was cute usage of words like “mighty mangoes” or “Nimble Nectarines” but why not add a picture to it too? The art is simple and not much of a wow. 

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Fun Factor

The harvest card is the fun factor in this game. It is face down above the crop card. This card determines how many points you get for completing your crop. The points can range anywhere from 1-7 (or even higher if you get an “add 1 point to your harvest” event card.) The first step when it is your turn is to either look at a harvest card or trade a harvest card. When you are close to completing a crop, you want the higher harvest which results in a harvest swap battle. Stealing someone’s higher harvest to score more points. You aren’t always able to redeem your harvest points on the turn you swapped it which means another player can take it too. It makes the game more entertaining and makes you pay attention more to your cards and scoring points. 

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Age Range & Weight

The age recommendation for 3 Seeds is 12 and up. I played with two 10-year-olds and they picked up on it quick. They were able to play competitively and understood the layout and steps of the game.

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Conclusions

I really enjoyed this game. It is a game that can be played in less than an hour.  It has a fair amount of “random chance” play as well as some “take “that” moments. 3 seeds is both a casual game and also has a little strategy. I like that you can still visit and do small talk while you are in the middle of playing. It is a game that can be introduced to a new gamer and be enjoyed by an “old timer” gamer as well.