*AD-Gifted: We were gifted The Good Life board game in exchange for this post.
As you may know, I grew up on a smallholding. We had various animals – cows, chickens, geese, goats, and ponies. My dad was an amazing farmer all his life. He instilled the love of the countryside, growing and farm life in me. I will always treasure this.
Of course, I would love to have my own smallholding, but this isn’t possible. However, I’m grateful for the outside garden space I do have to keep chickens, grow flowers, fruit, and veg. My garden is my sanctuary and during this challenging time even more so.
To keep us occupied during lockdown, we were kindly sent The Good Life board game. It’s right up my street! A fun, easy to play family game where you are in charge of your own garden and allotment.
Aim of The Good Life
The aim of the game is to move around the board with the shake of a dice, collecting fruit, vegetables, pigs and chicken.
You must become 100% self-sufficient in food by collecting the following:
- 3 chickens
- 3 pigs
- 3 different kinds of fruit
- 6 different kinds of vegetable
- A wind turbine
- A greenhouse
- A beehive
- An allotment
But beware of the “Green Fingers” cards. They turn up many twists to the game keeping you on your toes. For example, you might experience drought, or the chickens need to be protected from a fox. Cider from your orchard is a hit with your neighbours so they give you a hay bale. There are many different cards with scenarios on.
If you pick up a natural selection card, you will be tested on your knowledge of sustainability. With over 50 questions it’s a learning exercise as well!.
The winner is the first player to fill both their garden and allotment with the above.
For 2 – 4 Players, Age 7+
What’s in the box?
- 15 Pigs,
- 15 Chickens,
- 50 Hay Bales,
- 4 Wheelbarrows,
- 24 Fruit Tokens,
- 48 Vegetable Tokens,
- 60 Green Fingers Cards,
- 60 Natural Selection Cards,
- 4 Allotment Plots,
- Game Board
- 1 Dice
There is some game prep to do before you start the game. I won’t go fully into that here as you can read it on the instruction booklet included with the game. Or head over to the rules online at thegoodlifegame.co.uk
What We Thought
What a lovely game! It reminds of a nicer Monopoly, with all the prep you have to do first then off you go around the board buying and collecting things. As kids, we played Monopoly but it used to end in fights and tears! What’s different about The Good Life is that it’s about growing your own veg plots, learning to live sustainably, and trying to be self-sufficient.
I’m in awe of the detail gone into the game board. It’s visually stunning. From the outset, it may seem a little complicated with the game set up, but playing it is easy. L, at 4 years old, loved to set up the pieces and throw the dice. She still a little young to understand the concept of the rules, so I can see why it’s a 7 years plus game. But it’s still been a lesson teaching her about the veg plots. I would say the average game takes around an hour to play, which is much quicker than Monopoly.
The game pieces are cute. I would have loved to have seen little wooden wheelbarrows just like the wooden pigs and chickens instead of plastic, but they are brightly coloured.
I can see why The Good Life is award winning – even Prince Charles is a fan!
A firm favourite in our games collection. I’m looking forward to teaching the girls to play when they get older. It’s a game you can play over and over again, and it doesn’t lose its novelty.
Where Can I Buy The Good Life Game?
The Good Life board game is available direct from the website for £29.95
Use code Rachel at the checkout for a 10% discount*
*Discount code valid until 31st May 2020
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