Explore the seas! Catan Junior introduces a modified playing style of the classic Settlers of Catan, giving players as young as five a perfect introduction to the Catan series of games.
Catan Junior takes place on a ring of islands where 2 to 4 players build hideouts and encounter the mysterious Spooky Island, where the Ghost Captain lives. Each island generates a specific resource: wood, goats, molasses or swords, and players can acquire gold. Each player starts with two pirate hideouts on different islands, and they can use the resources they acquire to build ships, hideouts or get help from Coco the Parrot. By building ships, they can expand their network; the more hideouts they build, the more resources they may receive. Just watch out for the dreaded Ghost Captain!
Be the first player to control seven pirate hideouts, and you win!
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by Raewyn on March 14th 2014
I read a lot of reviews before buying this game - the last thing I wanted was a 5 minute wonder. Based on what I read, I decided to buy it, and I'm glad I did.
I bought this game for my just-turned 5 year old and it seemed the perfect age to introduce it. She grasped the rules quickly, so it was easy to learn and play.
It is not a long game. Players of Settlers of Catan might feel the resources are too easily come by, and too easily traded (you trade with the bank or trading post rather than each other unless you play the advanced game,) however it works well for a fast game and to keep the interest of younger children.
Yes the coco cards can heavily weigh the game, but not always. It didn't take long for my daughter to realise that it was definitely a good way to win! But she's also learned that it doesn't always guarantee a win and she now tries different strategies.
As for us adults - it's a pleasant enough game that we enjoy playing with our little one. And I like the fact that she's getting some basic strategy and rules that will help translate to Settlers of Catan when she's a bit older.
In summary - I highly recommend this for children aged up to about 8 (perhaps introducing it by age 7) , but any older and it would make sense to start them straight on the full Settlers of Catan game.
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