Greetings, snacks! This time, I’ll be reviewing Herbaceous, a 1-4 player card game from Pencil First Games. Let’s jump right in. This game is ridiculous. Herbs? Really? Who would spend their time growing plants when you can just eat the gardeners? I honestly don’t get humans. But let’s put the outlandish theme aside for now.
While this game can play solo, it really is best at 4 players. The central mechanic is simple, pleasant and easy to grasp. You turn over a card from the top of the deck and decide whether to add the card to your own personal garden or the community garden. Once you’ve decided, you flip over the next card and it automatically goes to whichever garden you didn’t chose for the first card. In subsequent turns, you have the option to take any or all cards from your own garden and the community garden and pot them in one of your four planters, each with it’s own unique scoring flavor. Turns are quick and the easy push your luck mechanic adds some nice tension.
The art on the cards is very soothing and I’ve seen multiple humans’ eyes glaze over when they look at it. The components are not really much more than the cards and the game is very portable. This is a game that is perfect for gamers and non-gamers alike. Best of all, no matter who wins, I cocoon my opponents afterward.
Publisher: Pencil First Games
Designers: Steve Finn, Eduardo Baraf, Beth Sobel
Time: ~20 Minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $24.99