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Bohnanza

by Rio Grande Games
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • English language edition with expansion set
  • Age range: 12 and up / Number of players: 2 to 7 / Play time: 45
  • Manufacturer: Rio Grande Games
  • 154 Bean Cards, 7 3rd Bean Field Cards, 1 Rule Booklet
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Technical Details
Item Weight386 g
Product Dimensions15.2 x 2.5 x 7.6 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:12 months and up
Item model numberRGG 155
Main Language(s)English, English original, English published
Number of Game Players7
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB00008URUS
Best Sellers Rank 4,912 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight907 g
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Date First Available1 Jan 2007
  
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Manufacturer's Description

This great card game is about planting, trading, and selling beans - 11 kinds of beans (this English version includes all the cards from the original game and the first expansion). Players try to collect large sets of beans to sell for gold. There is limited growing space and always new beans to plant. To avoid planting unwanted beans, players trade them to other players who want them for their bean fields.

Product Description

Ever imagined you were a bean farmer? Sure, who hasn't? You got your red beans, your green beans, your black-eyed beans, your coffee beans... But where to plant them? In this card game, smart sowing lets you reap big rewards. Plant the beans you do want, and trade the beans you don't want to the other players. Adding to the realism of the game, the one who ends up with the most money wins! Comes with 154 Bean Cards, 7 Third Bean Field Cards and a rule booklet. Imported from Germany. For 2 to 7 players. FUN!


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beans, Beans, the Magical fruit.... 10 Feb 2005
Format:Toy
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Now here's a weird little game. It's German in origina for one thing, where games are really for the whole family and this is no exception.
Bohnanza provides with a single sheet of rules and a big stack of top quality cards, most of which have cartoony pictures of Beans on the front, and a gold coin on the back. The handful of other cards in there are fields, which you can use to grow more beans on.
The idea of play is as follows. the players are bean farmers, looking to plant fields of beans and sell those beans to make money. Dead simple eh? Well, yes and no.
Each farmer has two fields, and in each field you only get to plant one type of bean at a time. You play cards from your hand into the fields in the order they are dealt, so you can't always maximise your profits.
You get round this by trading cards in your hands for bean cards from other players. Once you have the beans, they go into your field. You can 'harvest' (remove) the beans from a field at any time for the value they are worth (The more beans of a single type, the more they're worth).
Of course, if all beans were equal, it would be dull. Therefore, some beans are worth more than others, but these are rarer and often harder to make full sets of.
It might sound a little weird but after a once round the table people tend to settle into this game and after a second round the spirit of trading and profit-mongering takes hold.
This is a top game which I can't recommend enough. As easy to get to grips with as Uno, as much card swapping as Pit and as expandable as any game you've likely ever played (There are a lot of add on packs available) Bohnanza is a family gem which will also cater to beer N pizza playing.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting and clever 28 Jun 2008
Format:Toy|Verified Purchase
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
We've recently bought this game and the whole family love it and can't stop playing it. It's so clever. Takes a few minutes to get your head around the rules but then it's easy, yet interesting. We can't believe a game played just with cards can be so good, but you have to use strategy and cunning in deciding what to trade and when to harvest, with a bit of luck too from the cards you pick up. Although it states 12+ my sons are 8 and 10 and both play with no problem, though they are keen and 'experienced' games players. In fact I can't beat them yet! We love this sort of game that the whole family, kids and adults can play on equal terms, but which has skill and not just luck to it. Our other favourite is Carcassone, but Bohnanza is great for the summer as it's just a big pack of cards, so very portable for playing outside and on trips. Although it seems expensive for a card game it is well worth it for the concept behind it nad the fun value.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bohnanza 23 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:Toy
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
i absolutely adore this game. It may sound a bit cheesy and naff to begin with, i thought it would be stupid, but it's sooooooo fun. It is a bit expensive, but i think it's worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world's best game about bean farming. 28 Aug 2010
Format:Toy
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Bohnanza has rightly been called the best card game in the world about bean farming. Like all great family games it has simple rules which create a lot of interaction and much more strategy than is obvious.

At first glance it is a simple meld-making card game in which you maximise your profit by collecting sets of the most valuable cards. Some key mechanics make this a very difficult task, though.

First, you absolutely must play a card per turn, or as many as four, in the order they were drawn. With limited space to play into -- two fields at first, and a third can be bought -- this constantly frustrates your ability to create the best melds.

Second, the way around this is to trade or give away the cards you don't want. These can be taken from your hand out of order. This allows you to get rid of bad cards and bring forwards the cards you need. Since everyone must plant the cards they have accepted, a strong trading dynamic is created, which causes constant interaction between all the players.

Naturally everyone keeps a careful eye on what beans people have got in their fields, and everyone's gradually growing pile of gold, so they won't necessarily trade the beans you want without getting an advantage.

This brings us to the third mechanic. The gold coins you collect for selling your beans are the cards themselves flipped over. Thus for each meld you make, a number of cards are taken out of the game. For example, a meld of four Coffee is worth one gold, so you keep one card and three go back into the discard pile for the next shuffle.

As the game proceeds through three rounds the deck grows smaller, and the odds of different beans coming up change based on what the players are planting and selling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent negotiation based card game 7 Nov 2011
By JamesB
Format:Toy
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A game of chance and negotiation skill, this is excellent fun. You have to have your wits about you but it's very rewarding. Basically you 'grow' and 'harvest' beans to sell and earn money for doing it. But you need to trade with your opponents to get the cards you want in order to multiply your yield and have the best chance of winning! I know no other game like it, well worth the money. And if you have already got it, buy Carcassonne from the same publisher too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, easy to play
Simple to play with no complicated wording on cards just numbers so even kids (probably 7+) can join in. Works for just about any number of players, even just two.
Published 2 months ago by MR D J BURROWS
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, fun game
Who would have thought that a game about being a bean farmer could be so compelling?

From the country that brought you "Settlers of Cataan", we have a game where... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Potts
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Fantastic game lots of fun for older children and adults! I would recommend to anyone. It has provided a good distraction on many a train journey.
Published 4 months ago by SW
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to finally own a copy
I played this a few months back at a friend's - he had the German version, which was super fun to play. Read more
Published 8 months ago by H
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun time filler
for kids and grown ups this is an involving game that will get you hooked, v sociable as other poeple can chat whilst the turn goes round the table and everyone interacts together. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J Buckle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Game
We've played this game with friends and family and everybody loves it. Once you've played it a few times and have the hang of the rules, it's a great way to finish off a night.
Published 10 months ago by S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very addictive!
My partners sister introduced us to "the bean game" at Christmas, and we have been hooked ever since. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hannah Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST have!
awesome awesome game that is perfect for so many different occasions. Little tricky to learn but play and learn at the same time and its great fun
Published 12 months ago by Meg Padbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
I played this at a friend's place and we really enjoyed it. It's a good game in a group of at least 3. Instructions were easy to understand and lots of fun!!!
Published 16 months ago by mousie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Card Game
A great game that is perfect to play when you have lots of friends round. The game is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.
Published 16 months ago by THOR
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