I played Agricola once many years ago. I had forgotten pretty much everything about it, though I did have a good time. As I patrolled for more two player games to play with my wife, I finally decided to pick up the two player version of Agricola entitled: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small.
The game comes in a nice small box that fits into a suitcase well, and it will be making the trip with us to Los Angeles on the plane. Opening the box for the first time, one finds themselves confronted with lots of little bits in the form of tokens, land tiles, little wood pieces representing fences, and dozens and dozens of little animals (you get pigs, horses, cows, and sheep). I can’t really compare the two player version of Agricola to the full version, but I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer number of bits in the small box. Setup and reading through the instructions was quick, and within 10 minutes of opening the box, my wife and I were locked in a battle of who could gain the most points from buildings, resources, and farm animals. The game runs for eight rounds, which for us started slow, but picked up quickly once we got the hang of everything that goes into a round. We finished the game in about 45 minutes the first time around, and then less than 30 minutes the second time.
I’ll be honest, this game is not something we will play every night of the week. It was fun, but is a game that probably comes best in limited doses. That said, for those looking for two player games, this is one of the most entertaining ones we have come across in quite a while. If you are desperate for more two player games, I would definitely consider the two player version of Agricola. It is easy to learn, works well for multiple age ranges, and can be setup, played, and finished in under an hour.
Heck, we are even going to give a shot at playing it on the cross-country flight. Farming has never been so fun, imagine the number of pigs and cows I’m going to breed at 35,000 feet.
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