Orchard: A 9 card solitaire game*

Orchard: A 9 card solitaire game is an engaging and compact solitaire tile-laying game that has captured the hearts of players with its simplicity, strategic depth, and quick playtime. Garnering acclaim by winning the 2018 9-Card Nanogame Print and Play Design Contest, Orchard challenges players to skillfully manage a limited set of resources — in this case, nine double-sided cards — to create a flourishing orchard.

Gameplay Overview

  • Strategic Placement: The game's core mechanic revolves around overlapping cards to create clusters of the same type of fruit trees, thereby increasing your harvest. Each card placement must be carefully considered to maximize points and expand your orchard.
  • Scoring with Dice: As players successfully overlap trees bearing the same fruit, they use dice of three different colors to track the number of fruits harvested from each tree type. This visual scoring system adds an engaging and tactile element to gameplay.
  • Managing Rotten Fruit: The introduction of cubes to represent "rotten" fruit introduces a strategic dilemma. These cubes allow players to place a card that would otherwise not fit, at the cost of a points penalty. This mechanic forces players to weigh the immediate benefits of expansion against the long-term goal of maximizing their score.

Special Features

  • Quick and Accessible: With a playtime of under 10 minutes, Orchard is designed for quick sessions, making it an excellent choice for a brief gaming escape or to fill in between other activities.
  • Print and Play Design: As a print and play game, Orchard is easily accessible to anyone with a printer, allowing players to create their own copy of the game and engage with its mechanics without the need for commercial production.
  • Solo Challenge: Perfect for solitaire game enthusiasts, Orchard offers a fulfilling and replayable challenge that tests players' spatial reasoning and strategic planning skills.


Orchard: A 9 card solitaire game stands out as a beautifully simple yet deeply strategic game that quickly draws players into the task of cultivating their fruit trees. Its minimalistic design belies the rich tactical decisions faced with each card placement. Whether you're a seasoned solitaire gamer or looking for a quick and satisfying puzzle, Orchard delivers a rewarding experience that showcases the power of great game design within a compact footprint.

Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

  • 1 Players
  • 5 - 10 Minutes
  • 8+ years old
  • Immediately playable

We like Orchard: A 9 card solitaire game so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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