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I started off with the junior version to be more inclusive of all three of my boys: 6, 8, and 10. strategy is very limited in this version and the 8 and 10 year old quickly grew bored and wanted the "grown up" version. Surprisingly as soon as the adult version arrived the 6 year old learned it straight away and only wants to play that now. The junior version is good, however I wish I got more longevity out of it.
Its so good when your kids get to an age where you can start to play board games with a bit more substance than Snakes and Ladders or Snap. This is an EXCELLENT game, its fast become a favourite in our house. 4 year old needs a little prompting/help but understands the game, just not quite up with the strategy part of it. 6 year old is all over it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
I bought this as a gateway game for my 5 year old daughter to get into board games that isn't the usual boring games they lose interest in like operation or who shook hook? ( terrible game!!) she was instantly caught up in the thematic of the game, loves the collecting of goods to build ships and pirate dens, loves the parrot tokens though they are very powerful in the game and if you get a few you generally win! and she loved the ghost pirate the more she played. it gave her the basic idea of collecting certain goods to build, a bit of strategy on movement and a first look at a proper game. we have played it a dozen times now and she still askes to play unlike hook who lives in a cupboard after 2 attempts at balancing the components on the hammock...
My kids are 4 and 6 and took to this game very quickly - the rules are pretty easy to grasp and the setting (you're pirates collecting resources from islands in order to build more ships and lairs) is fun. There's a non-player "ghost pirate" character that helps balance out play, who comes in handy when things start getting too competitive.
While it's most interesting with 3 or 4 players the flip side of the board is designed for 2 player games which is a nice touch.
We were introduced to Catan via the youtube show called "Tabletop" with Wil Wheaton. We decided to get the junior version to play with our 4 year old son, he adores it! He definitely needs someone that knows all the rules to help him along, but he is perfectly capable of playing this and having lots of fun! He loves it so much that we bought the game again for his cousin on her 5th birthday.
We play this with the children, ages 8 and 10 as of writing this. The instructions are simple to get to grips with, and the game play is fun and doesn't go on for hours like other games of this type. The game play was broad enough to keep the game from becoming boring, but not convoluted so that the children understood the rules easily. The game takes strategy to play, and on each game, you can refine your skills; although I continually loose to my 8 year old.
Brought this for my son, as I am a board gamer. It is a very simple game to get children of their tablets and playing something else. The idea is to build bases and ships and have bases next to islands to let you build up more resources to build quicker. As each island is marked with a number and you get that type of resource when the dice rolls that number. Perfect game for children to build them up for the bigger games.