The Grass Can Always Be Browner: Yard of the Month Review
- Ages: 8+
- # of Players: 2-6
- Best # of Players: 4-6
- Publisher: Brainbox Gaming Company
- Price Point: $18
- Now on Kickstarter
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this game to review.
Opening your front door, you take a deep breath and step into the bright morning sunshine. Head held high, you make your way towards one of your many flower beds, as you hum a satisfied tune. Your yard is a shoe in for yard of the month. For the 3rd month in a row. At least that is what you think until you look at your ruined flower beds. Your flowers have been uprooted, the bed has been torn up, and they even smashed your garden gnome and replaced it with some grotesque mockery.
Who was it? Mrs. Turner? Old bitty has been trying to get that trophy for months. Or maybe it was Mr. Simmons, the former yard champion? Well, it doesn’t matter, two can play that game. You have a few things in your shed for just such an occasion. No one is going to take that yard of the month trophy from you. No one.
Get ready to grab your fertilizer, garden tools, and hammers… Hammers? Yes, hammers. The yard of the month competition on this block is very competitive and a bit rough on the garden gnomes. Your goal, be the first yard with ten flowers in it and as a proud yard owner you are not going down without using every gardening trick up your sleeve… Not to mention every dirty trick you can think of.
- Family-friendly 8+
- Short play time
- Minimal downtime
- Quick setup
- Small learning curve
- This is a very competitive game, which may be a turn off for some.
Yard of the month is a pure take that game While the goal may be to be the first player with ten flowers in your yard, the game itself is all about wreaking havoc on your opponents’ yards while defending your own yard from the attacks of opponents. Weapons at your disposal include flower killing weeds, gnome smashing hammers, and a cursed gnome named Gnack.
Defensively you have The flower-loving gnome, Gnick, the hammer for dealing with Gnack, and possibly the most powerful tool, the garden tools, which defend your yard from weeds and lets you take another turn immediately.
Yard of the month is a fast, fun filler or family game that delivers a quick ”take that” fix when you are pressed for time, or while you are waiting for a more serious game to get going. I really enjoyed the competition that developed while my group was playing and one of my pickier players was ready to play again right after our first game.
One potential issue for some gamers, though, is that Yard of the Month is a very competitive game, due to the “take-that” nature of the game. As with any take-that style of game, parents need to be wary of potential bullying, however, this can lead to a teachable moment for parents or guardians.
If you are looking for a deep gaming experience this is not your game. However, if you are looking for a fast, competitive and thoroughly enjoyable game, look no further. Yard of the Month is an easy winner.
Overall Fun - 7/10
Ease of Play - 8/10
Replayablity - 7/10
Downtime - 7/10
Game Length - 8/10
Bang For Your Buck - 6/10
Engagment - 7/10