Bohnanza Card Game Review

Recreation Overview

Bohnanza just isn’t a brand new sport. It has been initially revealed in 1997 and all through the years many expansions have been maintaining the curiosity in it. I solely just lately had the possibility to play it so right here is my overview:

Bohnanza is designed by Uwe Rosenberg, well-known for a lot of different profitable video games, equivalent to Agricola, Le Havre and the newer Ora et Labora. It’s truly the sport with which he turned well-known within the board gaming world.The title “Bohnanza” is a pun on the phrases “bonanza” and “Bohne” (German for “bean”). It’s basically a card sport, its solely elements being playing cards depicting beans. Gamers take the function of bean farmers, their sole function being to efficiently plant, harvest and promote beans. Every participant begins out with 2 bean fields during which they’ll develop any number of bean, with the restriction that they could plant beans of 1 selection in every subject. The extra the gamers look forward to the beans to develop, that’s the extra beans of the identical selection they plant in every subject the extra cash they’ll get for harvesting and promoting them. However typically they could be compelled to surrender a selected crop of beans earlier than even having the possibility to promote them for revenue.

Every participant begins with 5 bean playing cards of their hand and the remainder of the playing cards turns into the draw deck. And right here is an important and distinctive rule of the sport which can appear a bit awkward at first: You might be by no means allowed to vary the order of the playing cards in your hand! This can be a fairly uncommon rule and tough to comply with at first as in most card video games you are able to do no matter you need together with your playing cards (and plenty of occasions will end up just about enjoying nervously with the playing cards in your hand altering their order constantly). After some time although you’re going to get accustomed to this rule, which performs an ideal function within the sport since you should plant beans within the order you acquired them. Everytime you draw new playing cards you could draw them one by one and place them behind the final card in your hand. In your flip you could do the next actions:


    • Plant beans. You should plant the primary bean in your hand in certainly one of your fields. In order for you, you possibly can plant the second as effectively.


    • Draw, commerce and donate playing cards. You draw the two topmost playing cards from the draw deck and put them face up on the desk. You might hold any of those playing cards, setting them apart to be planted within the subsequent step, and commerce the others together with any playing cards out of your hand. Different gamers might supply any variety of playing cards of their arms so as to purchase a selected card from the lively participant. They may even should plant instantly the playing cards they may achieve from buying and selling. If nobody is all in favour of shopping for you supply, chances are you’ll donate them to some other participant. You may wish to try this since you may not have an empty subject to plant them and might be compelled to promote some planted beans for much less revenue than you desire to or possibly for none in any respect. You might proceed to commerce/donate playing cards out of your hand after the two faceup playing cards have been put aside, traded/donated. The participant who’s the recipient of a donation just isn’t obliged to simply accept it. In such an event you may be compelled to plant the playing cards no one else desires.


    • Plant traded / donated beans. Throughout this step all playing cards put aside, traded or donated have to be planted. Gamers might (and should must) harvest and promote beans from a bean subject so as to plant the brand new beans.


  • Draw new bean playing cards. You draw 3 playing cards from the draw deck, one by one and put them in the back of your hand.


When the draw deck is exhausted, the discarded playing cards are shuffled and positioned on the desk, turning into the brand new draw deck. The sport ends when the draw deck is exhausted for the third time. Gamers then harvest and promote beans of their bean fields. The participant with probably the most gold cash wins the sport.

The newest version of the sport by Rio Grande contains the primary version of the primary German growth in addition to guidelines for as much as seven gamers but in addition two participant guidelines. The 2 participant sport, described as “bean duel” has some vital modifications that change the sensation of the sport drastically. That would actually be anticipated although as there cannot be any buying and selling with solely two gamers within the sport. Crucial modifications on this model are:


    • A participant can solely promote beans on their very own flip


    • The sport ends when the draw deck is exhausted for the primary time


    • Throughout the preliminary step of every flip a participant should plant or discard playing cards donated to him final flip.


  • The participant attracts three (as a substitute of two) playing cards from the draw deck and places them face up on the desk. If the topmost card on the discard pile matches the playing cards revealed this fashion, the participant provides it to them and continues to take action till the topmost card of the discard pile do not match any of the playing cards drawn. Then he/she will be able to hold any of those playing cards and donate the remaining to his/her opponent.



Once I was proposed to do this faceit boost sport, I have to admit I used to be a bit reluctant about it trigger I believed that it will be a considerably foolish sport(I assume that the title did not assist quite a bit in the direction of that). Wanting on the bean playing cards was a pleasing shock, as I noticed beans depicted in a approach I might by no means count on to. And what unusual beans that had been! Stink beans (yuck!) and beans with blackened eyes from a field battle and wax beans sprucing the ground. Hey, that is enjoyable! I admit I had a little bit of bother at first having to recollect to not mess with my playing cards’ order in all probability as a result of I play a number of Magic the Gathering, hehe! In the middle of the sport I discovered myself attempting to think about the most effective technique to achieve extra cash and make worthwhile trades and there have been a number of laughs and participant interplay to by no means get me bored. The tip of the primary sport discovered me fairly excited and keen to start out a brand new sport (and to get my candy revenge). Since then I’ve performed a number of video games of Bohnanza, so, let’s get right down to our little evaluation of the core facets of the sport:


Parts of the sport are plain and easy playing cards however with a lot consideration to element. Playing cards are product of laborious, high quality card inventory, shiny and really immune to put on. I’ve hardly ever seen a card sport with playing cards of such high quality. 9/10


Bohnanza is a sport that I believe I’ll by no means be bored to play. Turns are quick and fascinating for all gamers. The buying and selling mechanic is the important thing issue for that. Many would say that this sport is just about straight ahead with not a lot technique concerned however I believe that there’s a lot meals for thought right here. Gamers are required to make worthwhile trades attempting to profit from the commerce greater than they may assist their opponents and now have to determine when is the most effective time to reap their crops. Many vital questions would require sensible selections. Ought to I harvest now and promote for lower than most revenue so as to have the ability to plant a brand new crop or ought to I wait somewhat longer to achieve most revenue? Ought to I purchase a third bean subject? A really optimistic facet of the sport is its flexibility to the variety of gamers. Referring to the newest version by Rio Grande, there are modified guidelines adjusted to 6-7, 4-5, 3 and even two gamers. These guidelines assure that the sport will stay playable and enjoyable sufficient regardless the variety of gamers which one thing that generally is not given consideration and have to be praised. General, simplicity within the mechanics and sufficient intrigue is the important thing of success in Bohnanza! 8/10

Studying Curve:

Guidelines of the sport are fairly easy. Throughout the first few video games chances are you’ll end up a bit forgetful and mess up with the order of playing cards in your hand. One of the simplest ways to take care of that’s by no means take away a card out of your hand till a commerce or donation has been accepted by the opposite participant. Apart from that you do not have to recollect any difficult guidelines. The worth of every bean crop is depicted on the playing cards, on the “beanometer” in addition to it is rarity so that you mainly solely have to recollect the sequence of actions throughout your flip. 8/10


The sport’s theme is fairly easy. You’re a bean farmer!! You might be continually reminded of that trigger all you see on the desk is bean playing cards and in your fields you see beans of the identical form planted one beneath the opposite which is shut how your actual farm could be. All beans do not have the identical rarity and do not have the identical market worth, which means that some are rarer than others, like cocoa beans that may be discovered solely 4 occasions within the deck and subsequently are very priceless (promoting solely 4 of them yields 4 cash). That additionally relate to actual market situations. What might spoil a bit the immersion within the theme is the strangeness of the beans you plant! Some are actually ridiculous however that is a part of the enjoyable, so positively no complaints right here. 7/10


As I stated earlier than Bohnanza is a sport I’ll by no means be bored to play. It is easy and quick and every sport can by no means be the identical with some other. You’ll want to play quite a few video games so as to polish your technique and check your concepts however it all actually comes down to 1 issue: it is enjoyable, I wish to play once more! 9/10


Participant interplay normally is the important thing for a sport to be fascinating and this sport is not any exception. Making an attempt to make the most effective buying and selling deal and donating playing cards will make you and your folks snigger and tease one another and that is what I name enjoyable. Furthermore designs of the beans are fairly hilarious. Many occasions I discovered myself simply staring on the playing cards and smiling……Yeah, It is positively enjoyable! 9/10



  • Participant interplay
  • Every sport is totally different
  • Fastidiously designed playing cards and of top quality materials
  • May be performed with 2 – 7 gamers with out the enjoyable issue being decreased
  • Quick play




  • Some might discover it too easy
  • I am unable to discover extra issues to complain about (I assume that is a professional!!)

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