Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Fall 2012 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: 5th Street Games
Price: $15.00

Who would've guessed a farming-based game is this addictive? Not since Pit, the classic screaming commodities card game, has there been a crops-in-the-cards game that's this much fun.

In Farmageddon, players start out with crop cards and action cards. Problem is there are only three field cards to fight over and they're necessary for planting a crop, fertilizing a crop, and eventually harvesting a crop. And by harvesting your crops, you add dollar amounts from those crop cards to bolster your score.

Because this card game has so many other action cards, twelve of them in all, ranging from Foul Manure and Dustbowl cards to Genetic Superworm and Farm Futures cards, it can be complicated at first. Some action cards can be used against your opponents; some can be used to boost your own score. All of them arrive by the chance of the draw. In the end, the player who adds up the most dollars from harvesting crops is the winner.

Beyond that, Farmageddon's artwork is comically cool, and the gaming concept is different enough that it's pleasantly addictive, lots of fun and laughs. That said, don't expect this to be a deep or thought-provoking game. There's strategy involved, but it's mostly strategy light.

Don Oldenburg   ©2012 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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