Pumpkin Patch: Bad Seeds Review

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Pumpkin Patch: Bad Seeds - Brouhaha Games - $20
Pumpkin Patch: Bad Seeds Review - Cover

Game title: Pumpkin Patch: Bad Seeds

Game description: Not all seeds are good, so be careful what you sow! In Pumpkin Patch: Bad Seeds, players will work together to create a burgeoning pumpkin patch filled with ugly, scary, and horrifically creepy pumpkins.

Overall
3.7
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

It’s your job to cultivate a pumpkin patch, caring for seedlings and watching them grow…into horrifying monstrosities. Pumpkin Patch: Bad Seeds is a 1-3 player game of spooky pumpkins, murderous crows, and the one pumpkin everyone strives to grow, the Cinderella Pumpkin. Successfully Kickstarted in August of 2018, the game has shipped to backers and is now available to order.

Pros

Wonderfully spooky

Quick and easy to learn

Cons

Scorecard is never adequate for player scores

Full Pumpkin Patch: Bad Seeds Review

It’s your job to cultivate a pumpkin patch, caring for seedlings and watching them grow…into horrifying monstrosities. Pumpkin Patch: Bad Seeds is a 1-3 player game of spooky pumpkins, murderous crows, and the one pumpkin everyone strives to grow, the Cinderella Pumpkin. Successfully Kickstarted in August of 2018, the game has shipped to backers and is now available to order.

Pumpkin Patch starts with 5 plots on the table, 2 of which are guarded by crows. Each player starts with 3 cards and each turn can either start a new plot adjacent to a current one or place a pumpkin with a sequential number on top of a current plot. Victory Seeds are scored based on the conditions of the placed pumpkin. Players may then discard from their hand and draw back up to 3 cards. A crow will then move, blocking a different plot. Play continues until the Cinderella Pumpkin is planted.

Pumpkin Seeds: Bad Seeds Review - Game in progress
Plots in progress

It’s a light game, is super easy to learn, and is filled with super spooky art. It’s an excellent family game, especially for crisp autumn nights and All Hallows’ Eve. Pumpkin Patch is also incredibly portable., making it easy to carry around and plant your creepy plots on the go.

What makes the game work so well? It comes simple mechanics, the stacking of numbered cards, with variant scoring and abilities per pumpkin type. Some pumpkins will score based on how many/what type of pumpkins are around it. Others will score based on pumpkins in the current stack. Even other pumpkins my remove a plot to start a new one, scoring based off the plot that removed. Overall everything stays simple and understandable, yet offers just enough variety to stay interesting and fun.

A copy of Pumpkin Patch: Bad Seeds was provided free for review by Brouhaha Games

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