Getting to review a game is always a fun change of pace for me and recently we have been playing two new ones. 3 Seeds is a new card game presented by Chara Games. They have already brought out Commissioned, a collaborative board game based on the trials of the New Testament Apostles to spread the word of God and bring forth new churches. You can read that review here.
Chara Games was founded in 2014 by Patrick & Katherine Lysagh. Their vision is to create games that bring joy and develop a relationship with God. Chara is the Greek word for unshakable joy and that is built right into their vision.
3 Seeds is brought to you by Chara Games. It was designed by the team of Anthony & Holli Buhr. They worked with Chara Games to create a card game where you have to work together. It is quite an interesting concept. 3 Seeds is a game for 2-5 players and is labeled as a “light strategic” card game. I guess that means some strategy is required but it is not terribly taxing on the brain. That’s my take after playing it, at any rate.
The 3 seeds in the game are time, money, and labor. Just as in life, you have a limited amount of each (each player has 2 cards of each) and you must decide where your investment will be put to the best use. Do you choose to work only for your own advantage or do you choose to work with someone else’s crop and perhaps reap additional benefits? This is the constant and changing thought: where to play and when to use any helps you might have.
You use the 3 different types of seeds to grow various crops. Each crop requires a different amount of each seed type and the harvest varies. Your goal is to get the largest number return on your investment of time, money, and labor. Each seed invested in the crop is worth a certain point value at harvest time. The harvest determines that value. The person with the highest point value when there are no more crops to invest in is the winner.
This is a fun game to play. It is not terribly difficult to figure out but the video on the 3 Seeds website is extremely helpful in seeing those first few minutes of play. After watching the video, it was really easy to jump into the game and play.
A round of the game takes approximately 30-45 minutes so it isn’t a huge time commitment. However, you may decide you want to play more than one round of the game at a time so it may take much longer in the overall time scheme.
We have not had the game long so we haven’t played it a lot but I can definitely foresee this becoming a favorite game. This game is one that all three of our giggly girls can easily play. Our youngest is 7 and our oldest is 12. The game is listed at an age recommendation of 12+ but Miss J doesn’t seem to struggle with it.
If you are looking for a unique game to gift this Christmas, look into 3 Seeds. It is a fun and different take on games. And it seems to me that Chara Games’ purpose is fulfilled – this game is fun to play and that brings joy to our family.