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Value for money?
on 25 September 2012
I won't describe the gameplay as that's been covered really well by other reviewers, I just thought I'd make a mention of value for money.
After all, 50 quid is a lot to pay for any box game, let alone one about 17th century subsistence farming. So I was rather nervous when I bought a copy - I thought I might struggle to get any fun out of such a dry subject, and I'd then hardly convince the family to give it a try. Would I regret buying it?
No. Everyone loves it, and in seven days we must already have played it more than 7 times: that's my wife and I, 23 year old son and 17 year old daughter. Sometimes we're joined by a fifth player. It's all good, from 2 player to 5 player.
It's so popular that as soon as one 2-3 hour game is finished there's a demand to immediately start another.
So, an excellent game then. But is it worth £50?
I have to say it is. It's packed with substantial and well made components, and has an air of quality and durability. You're getting a lot of material: hundreds of wooden counters and high quality cardboard tiles, hundreds of playing cards (worth getting card protectors for the principal cards to keep them pristine), lots of colourful game boards, a good colourful manual, excellent artwork everywhere, and all wrapped up in a solid box. It all weighs a ton. When you add in the number of hours of enjoyment we've already had with the game, I think it's £50 well spent.
Final thought: you've probably experienced opening a £30 box game and thinking "This is all I get? £30? Seriously?". With Agricola you won't feel you've been mugged.