Point Salad is a unique card game that is fun for the whole family. It takes about 15 to 30 minutes to play The game is great for ages 8 and up (even though the manufacturer suggested age is 14 and up). You can play with 2 to 6 players. Here is a quick overview of how to play the card game Point Salad.
This is a fast and fun card drafting game with over 100 ways to score points! Players take turns building up their vegetable salad with ingredients. Moreso, players also try to score the most points for the items they have collected. There are a variety of strategies and it is interesting to see how everyone decides to play.
The game takes just a few minutes to set up so you will be playing in no time. To start, remove a certain number of cards per the instructions, based on the number of players you have. A 6-player card game will use the whole deck. Any removed cards should be placed back in the box so that other players do not know which point cards have been removed. This makes it more interesting, especially after you have played often enough that you now have a favorite point card that might not be in the deck that round.
Shuffle all remaining cards and create roughly three equal draw piles with the point card side face up. Flip over two cards from each draw pile and place them in the column below the draw piles, creating a “veggie market”. This is how you can start to collect your vegetables.
In this game, players take turns building a salad of various vegetables but also collecting point cards in order to score for the veggies they have collected. Therefore, you want to collect a balanced amount of vegetables and scoring cards.
The first player will decide one of two actions. First, they can take one point card from the three available in the draw piles. Or they can decide to take 2 veggies from the six available in the draw piles. If they take 2 vegetable cards, they then flip over 2 more veggies from the point piles to replenish the produce they took.
And that’s how to play Point Salad! The next player will go having the same two options. Continue playing until there are no more cards left. At the end of the game add or subtract points from each of your scoring cards based on how many and which veggies you drafted. Whoever has the most points wins.
The artwork is very cute and colorful, making this game especially interesting to kids. I think it is easy enough for 8 to 12-year-olds to pick up, so I’m not exactly sure why the manufacturer recommends such a high age of 14 and up. It is fun and fast, where you could easily play multiple rounds in just an hour or two. We really enjoy this game on the weeknights after we have had our dinner. It’s a great way to end the day!
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