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Catan: Junior

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  • Junior version of the popular Settlers of Catan game
  • Great family game
  • Tons of replay value
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 10.5 x 3.2 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B007N0KZ64
  • Item model number: MFG3025
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 10 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,926 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
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A Catan adventure for fledgling swashbucklers. Explore the Seas Catan: Junior introduces a modified playing style of the classic game giving younger players the opportunity to experience the world of Catan. Designed for players as young as 5 and is a perfect introduction to the Catan series of games for kids and families. Catan: Junior takes place on a ring of islands where 2 to 4 players build hideouts, and 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, then builds ships in order to expand their network. The more hideouts you build, the more resources you may receive. You use your resources to build ships, hideouts or get help from Coco the Parrot. Just watch out for the dreaded Ghost Captain. Be the first player to control seven pirate hideouts and you win the game. Junior Catan contains 106 die cut markers representing resources and specials, 4 player cost boards, 1 two sided game board, 28 Pirate hideouts (7 each of 4 colors), 32 Ships (8 each of 4 colors), 1 pirate ghost, 1 die, 1 tray, 1 box, 1 rule book.

Product Description

A Catan adventure for fledgling swashbucklers. Explore the Seas Catan: Junior introduces a modified playing style of the classic game giving younger players the opportunity to experience the world of Catan. Designed for players as young as 5 and is a perfect introduction to the Catan series of games for kids and families. Catan: Junior takes place on a ring of islands where 2 to 4 players build hideouts, and 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, then builds ships in order to expand their network. The more hideouts you build, the more resources you may receive. You use your resources to build ships, hideouts or get help from Coco the Parrot. Just watch out for the dreaded Ghost Captain. Be the first player to control seven pirate hideouts and you win the game. Junior Catan contains 106 die cut markers representing resources and specials, 4 player cost boards, 1 two sided game board, 28 Pirate hideouts (7 each of 4 colors), 32 Ships (8 each of 4 colors), 1 pirate ghost, 1 die, 1 tray, 1 box, 1 rule book.

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I have a 6 and 9 year old, and they both love this game.
Dray Yarbrough
It was simple enough for him to learn quickly but it is the type of game that we enjoy playing with him too.
mom2two
All in all it was a great game and I highly recommend it and I look forward to playing it more.
Jason Pope

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Andrew L on June 2, 2012
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Unlike like other "kid's" versions of popular adult games, Catan Junior remains very true to the game play of the original, while removing and modifying many of the more complex rules of the original. The rules book is very well laid out and easy to walk through with a child, and there are enough chips and resources that need to be put out at setup to keep their hands busy while you read the rules. Game play goes smoothly due to the limited decisions you can make but rarely feels like you don't have options.

The largest differences are found in resource gathering, trading, and road/city (in this case ship/lair) placement. Resources have a fixed die value on the card instead of being determined by a separate chip being placed on the island, trading is done with a marketplace instead of other players, and you only need one ship/road segment between your city/lair. These small changes make the game much easier for kids to grasp.

It plays well as a 2 player game due to the separate board format for 2 player games vs. 3 or 4 players. The board layout is fixed instead of being tiles you place.

The reason I gave this game 4 instead of five stars is because the rules are simple enough for a 6 year old to understand, but you really need to pack your patience because most kids will get overwhelmed with all the pieces and new rules compared to other games they may have played. It's worth it when they grasp everything, but don't expect them to get it right away.

TL;DR - simplifies game play of the original without dumbing it down or putting it on rails. Children will be able to learn how to play the game, but be patient while you're teaching them.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By para on July 15, 2012
Catan Junior is a version of the classic "eurogame" Settlers of Catan aimed for younger players. It does a superb job of simplifying the game while retaining the important elements and correct feel and avoiding "dumbing down" the gameplay.

In general the Catan family of games are resources management games. A die roll at the beginning of each player's turn will randomly generate resources for all based on their positions on the board. Building new things require certain combinations of resources. Trading, blocking opponents and optimization are important elements to playing and winning. Catan Junior has all of these things, but in less complicated forms than the normal versions and with modifications that make the game less cutthroat.

For Settlers veterans, here are some key differences:
1) A single six sided die is used instead of two. Numbers on the board range from 1 to 5, and a roll of 6 moves the pirate ghost (robber).
2) There are three things to build - pirate lair, ship or parrot card (development cards that either move the robber, give resources or allow a free build)
3) No victory points to keep track of - first person to build all of his/her lairs wins.
4) Trading is with the board or the bank instead of other players.
5) Placing the robber on a space gives you resources from the bank, not other players.

Overall Catan Junior is a great adaptation of a phenomenal game that is a lot of fun and help introduce younger players to the world of Catan without overwhelming them.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Paul Otto on September 7, 2012
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We bought this as a great family game. We have 3 kids ages 9,6,4 and all 3 of them enjoy this game. Even our 4 year old figured out the goal and beat everyone. Great game for kids!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Wood Donohue on September 10, 2012
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Purchased Catan Junior for my children, ages 6 & 9. Both caught on quickly and enjoy the game. Unlike some games, this junior version really is just a watered down version of the adult game. It's not ruled totally by chance, which makes it more fun. Games last about 20 minutes or so. Overall, a great buy and we've enjoyed it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By RaeJ on February 22, 2013
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We bought this game a few weeks ago and have played it several times. It is similar to Settlers of Catan, but simplified. The board is permanently set-up, so you don't have to figure out placing the hexagons like in Settlers. My 5-year-old caught on quickly and actually won a few times. Reading isn't necessary, as cards are explaned using pictures. It is a game that adults can enjoy playing with the kids, as there is some strategy involved.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TomCrone77 on September 3, 2012
My wife and I played this with our six year old last night for the first time. We had a great time, and I think this is probably the first game where we all three played it together and actually enjoyed it. The rules are easy for kids to pick-up, and the strategy is deep enough to keep adults engaged. Overall a very fun game that I am glad to have purchased.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dave caron on March 14, 2013
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We have had this game for about three weeks and have played it almost every day. My 3 kids ages 7-11 love it. They always want me to play, but enjoy it with just two or three of them as well. My kids are sensitive to the idea of ghosts and we are not into pirates, so we just call the ghost island "skull" Island and the ghost captain we call just plain old captain. Also, the pirate liars we just call settlements. I wish there was an expansion kit for 5 or 6 players as they have for the adult catan version so my husband and I and the three older kids could play together. We get a new family board game every valentines day and this one is the biggest family favorite so far. Earthquake is our next favorite and we also love game wright card games like moose in the house and rat-a-tat-cat.
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