You don’t have to have played or even liked 2017’s Herbaceous to like this dice-and-action drafting version by the same designers--although it probably helps if you like gardening. The mechanics and gameflow are completely different.
Every round you’ll be selecting a Tool card which will have some combination of Seed dice and tool actions. The dice go into the wheelbarrow on your player mat. The actions allow you to re-roll and manipulate your dice, plant flower dice straightaways, and/or store something extra for upcoming turns. You then get to plant in the communal gardens, handing over combos of dice for the privilege of placing one of your markers therein for the specified VP.
There are a lot of interesting decisions to make every round, beginning with which card & dice combo to pick, followed by how to how to manipulate your dice and where to plant. But there are other considerations as well. Do you plant small combos quickly but for fewer VP, or hold out over several turns for the big score? Who has what in their wheelbarrow? It’s a light game, but those prone to analysis paralysis could fall down a gopher hole, if you know what I mean.
Herbaceous Sprouts plants a significant amount of punch into an innocuous and not very large box. It scales very well from 1 to 4, with a particularly challenging solo mode. You can even play in teams of two. The dice and illustrations are well-execution, and there are even fun-fact cards for each herb and flower included in the game. This is a great choice for a relative who likes getting their hands dirty in the garden every spring. Click here to order your copy, and click here or comment below to send us a line. We love hearing from you!