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Kids of Catan
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- For 2-4 players
- For ages 4+ years
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Kids of Catan (KoC) has a lot more in common with Candy Land than it does with Settlers of Catan (SoC). Like Candy Land, there is no strategy or decision making in KoC. No player has any real choices to make during his turn - just roll the dice and rotate the wheel. This means that the outcome of the game is completely random.
Some people will say that four-year-olds can't handle strategy games, and there's truth to that, but that doesn't mean that a four-year-old can't handle choices. I was hoping that KoC would, like SoC, provide choices for players, even if the choices don't affect the outcome of the game that much.
One other problem with this game is that my four-year-old has a hard time understanding how much to turn the wheel when she rolls the dice. You're supposed to turn the wheel the number of "positions" on the die roll (e.g. roll a 3, and rotate the wheel by three positions). For some reason, my daughter can't seem to keep track of the positions as she's rotating the wheel, so she's usually off by one.
I rarely play this game at home any more. I guess I'll have to wait until my kid is old enough to play SoC.
I purchased this game based on a game seller's high recommendation and great description, the quality of the wooden pieces and the reputation of the Catan games, but we have been totally disappointed.
The game itself has a sweet concept, but it's boring - truly a Candyland level game just with a more eco/green bent (and easier to win) so my kids basically ignore it unless I get it out and insist they play.
My main complaint (besides the HIGH price) is that you can not play the game with small kids without knocking over the pieces (several to many many times a game). The pieces are placed around the outside and on top of a cardboard "spinner". It can be hard for adults or big kids to get their hand in to spin without knocking them over, much less an enthusiastic 3-5 year old. The pieces' "seats" (the indented area where you place the pieces) are not very deep, so even the slightest touch of a finger or slight knee on the box topples them. It's like you're involved in some kind of bad ergonomics experiment...
Save your $ and buy Hiss or Trouble and have lots more fun.
Each player has a wagon that circles the town, and a collection of building to help build. As players travel around the board, they collect the resources for building,; wood, straw and bricks. Once a wagon is full with one of each type, they are traded in to build a building. But beware of the robber. If you land next to him he will grab the last thing on your wagon. Once a player builds all of their own buildings, they collect one more set to build the town hall (more that one player can build it at the same time). The first to build the town hall is the winner.
The game is made up of solid wooden pieces of various colors. the resources are arranged around the outside while the center rotates to simulate the wagons moving.
This is a fun game that I have played with kids and adults. Kids seem to like the big wooden pieces. The game teaches a little counting and a little set theory but kids don't seem to realize they might be learning something. If your kids liked Hi Ho Cherry Oh but want more of a challenge, this might be the game for them.
When we learned that there is a children's version, we put it #1 on the birthday wish list (thanks Grandma!). And it was a big hit. It's a little different from adult Settlers, as would be expected. Instead of tiles, the board is a little round-about with carts that collect the resources as the rolls of the dice turn it around. As each person's cart is filled, they can build a new building in town. The big chunky wooden buidlings are very satisfying to hold and to place on the board. Each is distinctive, with markings to show its use (the baker, etc.) My son and our 18-month-old daughter also like to play with the buildings when not playing the game.
For reference, we also recently got an old Candyland game. Kids of Catan is a little more complicated than Candyland, but our [...] still had a lot of fun playing it (with a few reminders and hints from an adult). And Kids of Catan definitely held his interest more and was more engaging in general. He asks to play Kids of Catan all the time. I definitely think this game with have lasting power, too, holding his attention at least until age 6 or more. And it'll probably be fun for him to play it with his younger sister when he's past the target age.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Settlers of Catan has probably done more to launch modern board gaming into society than any other game. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Geeky Teacher Parent
This game is 100% luck and there are not choices to be made (other than which house style you want to build). Read morePublished 24 months ago by marti
If you love Catan and want to introduce your kid to board games that have inspired mechanics just like Catan does, look elsewhere. This game is 100% dependent on luck. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by Mauricio Bussab
How come Amazon is selling this for $79.00 when the list price is only $49.00 and everyone else is charging only $39.99?Published on December 9, 2011 by James L. Scheff
I am a huge board game fan and have played several of the regular versions of Settlers of Cataan. I got this game for my son when he turned 4. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Bishop
A bit disappointed in the game.
It's all luck. There is absolutely no strategy or skill involved at all. Read more
I was a little disappointed in the game because it has no strategy. My 7 and 5 year old can play it by themselves which is nice but I was hoping for a game that we could enjoy as... Read morePublished on August 11, 2009 by Shannon K. Rundio
For me The Kids of Catan is by no means as fun as Settlers of Catan, but for my five year old, she absolutely loves it. Read morePublished on January 22, 2009 by Chad Achenbach