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Good game. Silly theme. Works well with newbies. It's a little hard to explain sometimes, people's eyes glaze over, but when they actually play it, they typically find it's not that bad.
I found this very meh overall. It does interesting things, but it doesn't do them half as well as a lot of other games I own. I can understand the appeal for others, but for me this is a mediocre game. Not bad, but also not good enough to compete for table time against almost all of the other games sitting on the shelf.
I just can't seem to get this to the table. It must be the hand-play mechanic (not being able to change the order of your cards). I don't know what it is about this... I hear all about how this is a fine game with wonderfully designed mechanics, but it loses me. I'll keep trying though... I don't give up easily. Update: Spent some time playing this online and found it enjoyable.
Played a friend's copy and we got into an all-out trading frenzy that was a ton of fun with lots of player interaction but little confrontation. I also really enjoy begging for stink beans hahaha!
Made by the rule about not rearranging cards in hand. Still has decisions about when to harvest and how much to trade. Modifications for player number are likely essential, but it makes set-up and (to a small extent) play more complicated that would be preferred.
Enjoyable game, but not my favorite Uwe. It's great for a lighter game when you don't want to think but still don't want to play a party game. 2019 update: This is a great game. Approachable for everyone and once you get into trading and negotiation it's really, really fun.
I bought because I thought my wife would like it - she loves it. -------- Played it tonight with my non gamer extended family. It has been tough to excite them about many games, but Bohnanza went down SO WELL. They were laughing, cutting up, making deals. It seems like it should be a hard game to learn but they picked it up SO easily and were having a great time. I highly highly highly recommend this game. Going to rate it higher now, and look forward to playing it again. 27-3-16
A nice, fairly light negotiation game that is good for larger groups since the negotiation reduces downtime. Easy to introduce to new players though sometimes the trading can get stale "uh...I don't want this...will you take it? Cool...your turn." But overall, it does what it does quite well. this is also a bit better with 4+ players too--with 3 there doesn't seem to be enough competition sometimes to make the trades interesting.
A really fun game about trading and set collection. Needs The right group that will trade with equal aggression. The coins, discard, and draw pile can get confusing (all look the same).
Really fun trading/negotiation game that actually gets people talking. Light enough to play with non-gamers, and it feels social without being a party game. Deserves its status as a classic.
Planting, growing and selling beans, with trading and negotiation at the core; not great for three players, probably best with 5 or more. My review of Bohnanza can be found here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/3174827
A solid family game that is fairly easy to learn and scales well to different number of players. A lot of player interaction here, maybe too much, as your ability to trade is the primary determinant of success, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Beans should not be this fun. They're beans. And yet, we have Bohnanza: a wildly fun bean trading and planting game from the same guy that would go on to make Agricola. Something we play frequently and something non-gamers pick up quickly and truly enjoy.
(7/16) 8. A fantastic, simple, classic game. Tight and quick yet fits in room for some great negotiation. (9/17) Drop to 7. So much game in such a tiny set of cards. Should play this more.