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Fun for kids and adults? Kids maybe...,
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This review is from: Sleeping Queens (Toy)
I picked up this game based on the glowing reviews. I did not expect any deep strategy, but even kids games should require some meaningful decision-making. I have played six or seven rounds of this and I have yet to encounter any meaningful decision making at all. Zero. It's hard to dislike a game that is this cute, and I can see how it would appeal to children between the ages of say, five and nine. But good family games are both simple to learn and challenging to master and Sleeping Queens is only simple to learn.
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Initial post: Feb 27, 2012 8:06:04 PM PST
Allen Smalling says:
Would any of you folks in the two-star firmament of "Kids' games have to appeal intellectually to adults too" care to name some card/board games that you consider truly worthy of ages "eight to eighty"? Somehow that part never gets mentioned. I'd especially love to hear about games (including any that come off a standard 52-card poker deck) that appeal to everyone, like a mix of tweens and adults/charperones at a party, not just a tight-knit family unit with its own alliances and traditions.
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S. Foulon says:
Gamewright, the company that publishes Sleeping Queens, publishes many other card games that are both fun and strategic for children as young as eight. I have personally played Gamewright Castle Keep Game (509) and Zeus on the Loose and both these games provide more decision making opportunities than Sleeping Queens. Rat-A-Tat-Cat, a game Gamewright recommends for six-year-olds, is suprisingly tactical and yet easy to learn and visually appealling to children. And in my opinion, Loot is the best of the bunch and although it is recommended for ten-year-olds, I can easily see eight-year-olds playing this game.
If you want to try a European publisher, Ravensburger make a ton of wonderful games that appeal to all ages. Midnight Party - A Game by Wolfgang Kramer and Heimlich & Co. are examples of simple roll-and-move games that young children will immediately grasp, but which contain interesting decisions to appeal to everyone for at least a few plays. Ravensburger Labyrinth is a European classic that has spawned many different editions for good reason. This game is very simple to pick-up, with excellent puzzle-solving challenges for children. After a few plays however, most children will begin to recognize an appealling strategic element as well.
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