Catan: Junior

June 17, 2013 - Comment

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

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 Features

  • Junior version of the popular Settlers of Catan game
  • Great family game
  • Tons of replay value

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Andrew L "Andrew L" says:

A solid children’s version of this board game classic. 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…

para says:

Wonderfully done young player’s version of a classic game. 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…

Paul Otto says:

Even a 4-year old can play 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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