Card game with a local twist

Adib Noor

Whenever the word “game” is mentioned the first thing that comes to my mind is growing up playing Sonic the Hedgehog on SEGA Mega Drive, late nights in Ramadhan spending hours finishing Metal Gear Solid on PlayStation and days of playing Counter-Strike in Internet cafes during school holidays.

Who would have thought that a simple game about farming would be the one that would open the doors to the world of turn-based card games?

And this game is Agro.

Agro is the second card game developed and designed by Zaed Hani and produced by Comet Games.

It’s a fast-paced strategy game, where players compete against each other to harvest the most crops. It is suitable for all ages and can be played by two to six players.

“Agro” comes with a set of 101 cards and a set of instructions on how to play the game. PHOTO: COMET GAMES

“I wanted to make a game that was simple, easy to understand, fun and competitive, and easy to follow,” Zaed said.

“What could be simpler than the concept of agriculture? You plant a crop, take care of it, and then harvest when it’s ready.

Agro’s concept is totally opposed to his previous card game, Letters to Brooketon, which is loosely based on the White Rajah of Sarawak in 1889, which took over Pekan Muara and renamed him Brooketon.

“It’s a fun game, but one that might intimidate those who get into card games,” Zaed explained.

“This time, Agro is knocking close to home. The cards represent the crops grown in Brunei and the value of the points is closest to the value of the actual crops, ”he said.

Rice, cucumber, durian, and rambutan are some of the local cultures featured in the game.

Agro puts the actors in the role of farmers competing against each other, which for me is easy to understand.

“Players will cultivate on the same land, but you can only harvest crops if the same are placed or planted next to others and according to their number in a row as shown on the harvest card,” Zaed explained. . “Action cards can make or break your chance to win.”

And just like that, I played my first Agro game, in a session that was meant to be a simple step-by-step tutorial that turned into a few passionate rounds, mostly with me trying to redeem myself and struggling to win a Game .

I was really zoned, planning my next move, carefully planting my crops to maximize my points. Who would have thought that this card game would transport me to a giant farm. I was going back and forth against the creator of the game, which gave me more reasons to try to win.

There’s just something about playing a game that’s tangible instead of looking at a screen, and seeing everyone ahead of you make their next move, frantically place their cards, and shuffle the game hoping for a miracle.

“I wanted to share my love of card games, how it brings everyone together to have a wonderful time and that’s the real magic of games like these,” Zaed said.

Zaed shared that with the pandemic now is the perfect time to rekindle the love of card games.

“Families can reconnect and play together. This is one of the main reasons why I created Agro. It’s something anyone can play and is competitive and fun enough to keep you on your toes. A little competition can bring out something that you rarely see in someone.

“Agro comes with a deck of 101 cards and a set of instructions on how to play the game. There’s a little tutorial on our Instagram account, so there’s no reason anyone shouldn’t take it. game and start playing right out of the box, ”he added.

I was hooked and took a set for myself and while I’m still in losing mode, I won’t say no to a game of Agro.

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