The Good Life Board Game Review and Giveaway

*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.

The Good Life Board Game Review and Giveaway

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.

board game set up for The Good Life - garden, allotments and sustainable living

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
close up of The Good Life board game

Game Prep

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

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.

The Good Life

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.

playing the good life

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.

Playing pieces for The Good Life

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

The Good Life family game


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126 thoughts on “The Good Life Board Game Review and Giveaway

  1. I love growing trees, we’ve got lots of saplings that we are growing on and will later give them away!

  2. I’d looooove to “grow” chickens and quails! haha
    A more achievable goal would be strawberries and courgettes 😀 yummy!

  3. We love to grow courgettes because they are so easy to grow. I also enjoy growing cucumbers because they wouldn’t grow where we used to live

    1. Any vegetables that will grow in our soil and lots of annual flowers . Love my tomatoes , strawberries and fruit bushes

  4. I love to grow cherry tomatoes. They are great to just pick and eat like sweets, add to salads and make pasta sauces. I freeze some pasta sauces so that in the depths of winter I can enjoy the summer sunshine!

  5. We don’t have a vegetable patch in our garden as our Husky likes to dig, I only have a few pots with herbs and shrubs and some hanging baskets

  6. A variety of root vegetables, but my favourite is strawberries – not my most successful though, every year I get less than a dozen – but I persevere!

  7. Tomatoes,herbs,courgettes,french beans,peppers,pumpkins,and bee and butterfly friendly flowers.Mostly in pots and tubs x

  8. I don’t have a garden at the moment but when I did have one, I used to love growing veggies, especially broad beans.

    1. We were very lucky to inherit some raspberry canes from the previous owners and we’ve managed to keep them alive!

  9. I don’t have a garden at the moment but when I did have one, I used to enjoy growing veggies, especially broad beans.

  10. We grow all sorts of veg and salad – runner beans, broad beans, carrots, parsnips, beetroot, leeks, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, tomatoes, potatoes, endive, lettuce, blueberries, apples, pears and lots of herbs.

  11. we grow a lot of weeds :/ also we have a nice wild flower patch for the bees, birds, butterflies and all the other critters to enjoy

  12. We love to plant plants that attract butterflies. We also love having fruit trees in the garden because we can watch the bees buzzing from one bit of blossom to another

  13. We have a pear tree, a plum tree, a hazelnut tree, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes and them we grow tomatoes, garlic, carrots and onions yearly

  14. Anything edible. Tomatoes or peas are probably my favourite – you just can’t beat picking them and eating them then and there! The flavour is like nothing else.

  15. We enjoy growing (and eating!) strawberries in our garden.
    New for this year are potatoes, carrots and runner beans – we’re newbies to this growing lark!

  16. I only have a patio but I’ve bought lots of big pots and filled them with shrubs plus a couple of small trees and a few flowers for insects. If I had a proper garden, I would grow a few veggies, too.

  17. Everything – we have quite a large garden area as we took the decision to attempt our own version of ‘the good life’

  18. I grow apples, plums, damsons, quince, pears, redcurrants, white currants, gooseberries, mint, lemon balm and rosemary.

  19. I love to grow bedding plants as picking the right varieties means colourful flowers for the longest time

  20. I love growing roses and lilies – any highly-scented flowers. But this year I am also trying my hand at onions, lettuce and tomatoes.

  21. I have tried growing most veg and fresh sweetcorn was the best, but we seem to have been blighted now and can only grow runner beans and garlic mmmmmm

  22. I’d love to win this for my sister! I’m growing different herbs at the moment. Coriander, basil and parsley.


  23. We only really have flowers and shrubs in the garden but we do try some tomatoes in pots each year.

  24. We grow an abundance of different plants and flowers in our communal garden, I’m upstairs, but help where I can xx

    1. I love growing fruit and veg so we can eat what grows, they have so much more flavour than any you can buy

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