Review: Point Salad

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It is well known that points salads are my game groups favorite kind of salad. We love to play games where the points come from a bunch of different options. In Point Salad, the game, that is exactly what happens, but what is unique is everyone chooses for themselves how their salad will score them points.

What is Point Salad like?

Point Salad is a very quick and simple to play game. 6 vegetable cards are laid out in the center of the table in 3 columns. Above each column is a pile of face-down vegetable cards. On the back of each vegetable card is a way to score at the end of the game.

Turns are super simple in Point Salad. On each turn the player can either take two of the vegetable cards that are face up or one of the scoring cards. An optional action a player can take is to flip one point card over to the vegetable side on their turn. After vegetable cards have been chosen both spaces are refilled from the pile above the column where they were taken. This is a key part of the strategy, so players should make sure they pay attention to what cards will leave the piles and become vegetables.

And that’s it, play continues until all cards are taken by players and scoring begins.

Point Salad - Components


Score: 6 / 6

I love this game. It works at all player counts, is quick to play and is a great little game to start or end a game night, or give a break between heavier ones. While the title might not be understood by non-gamers as a nod to the type of game that it is, I would still recommend it for anyone.

Even though the game is simple, it is sneaky strategic. Not only for what vegetables or scoring cards you take, but for which column you take a vegetable from in order to remove a scoring card that would be great for your opponent. Since the vegetables are refilled from the stacks above the columns you can see which scoring cards will be flipped and become vegetables before your opponent can grab it as a scoring card. Like I said, it is sneaky strategic, but not so strategic that it will slow the game down to a snail’s pace.

If you are looking for a quick to learn and play game that can play up to 6 people, I couldn’t recommend Point Salad any more.

The Good

  • Quick to learn and easy to play
  • Plays well at all player counts
  • More strategic than first glance

The Bad

  • Tomatoes are technically fruit (I’m really stretching here)


  • Players: 2 – 6
  • Playing time: 15 – 30 minutes
  • Suggested age: 14+

A review copy of Point Salad was supplied by Alderac Entertainment Group

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Jacob is an American living in Germany who loves boardgames but is way better at teaching others how to win than winning himself.

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