If you pick up this game and don't immediately think of Rick Moranis singing to a giant man-eating plant that is screaming “Feed me, Seymour! Feed me,” then you're probably under 30, and well basically you missed out on a great film (Little Shop of Horrors, 1986).
In Mutant Crops, a light-weight, face-paced worker placement game, you grow and sell giant, mutated crops that need both water and meat to grow, flourish and reach their full potential – in other words; make the most money.
The Kickstarter campaign, run by Atheris Games, has a goal of $10,000, of which $3,371 has been raised so far by 143 backers.
Playing Mutant Crops
In Mutant Crops each player will have a number of farmer meeples, depending on the number of players, that they will place upon one of the available actions from a communal spread of action cards. At the start of the game there is a spread of six Stage One cards, giving you 12 possible actions, and each subsequent turn another card is revealed, first from the pool of Stage Two cards, and then finally Stage Three.
Across these snappy seven turns players will attempt to gain the required resources to buy new crops (Seeds), water the crops they already have (…with water, obviously), and of course you’ll need to feed these fruit and vegetables too (with Meat). Players need to take actions to gain these resources, sow new plants, feed and/or water them, or even just mix up the current crops available.
The artwork, by Rocio Ogñenovich, and mutant theme work really well together making for a fun varnish on this otherwise well tested farmer troupe. It's important to note that this is a tried and tested game, and is in fact the English version of the game produced by OK Editions, an independent game and art design couple producing comics and tabletop games in Argentina. As with many worker placement, resource management games the player versus player interaction is on the lighter side. In Mutant Crops, the ability block and horde particular actions/resources is a really nice flourish which can cause a satisfying amount frustration for you opponents when you pull it off well.
This is a very light, really stripped-back Euro style game, based on a farm about growing crops; yes this is the mutated pocket version of Agricola that you didn’t even know you were waiting for. This game makes a great introduction to the worker placement mechanic, it's really light on resources and components meaning that it packs a punch far bigger than its small box, or cartoon vegetable theme would suggest.
With a quick set up time, streamlined, easy to understand rules, and quick game play this is a great game for newer gamers. It's also a brilliant, fun filler game for more serious players, or if you fancy a worker placement farmer game but only have 30 minutes to play this will scratch that itch nicely.
Mutant Fruit is live on Kickstarter now for only $19 or £19 (including EU friendly shipping), and you should definitely check it out!
Easy to learn.
Easy to play.
Deceptively deep and thought provoking.
Great introduction to worker placement games.
Low player versus player interaction.
A lot of crop special abilities to know to maximise point scoring in the game.