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#1 Bereckii

Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:16 PM

DD turns 10 straight after Christmas. I'm thinking of getting her a new game for her birthday.

She loves games. She got Forbidden Island last year - loves it!

She has seen Forbidden Desert and is keen to get that. That's a possibility, but maybe something different would be better???

I have seen Catan Jnr. Any thoughts on that for a 10yo?

She has played Sleeping Queens with friends (loves it) and has requested that for Christmas.

She also loves Quiddler Jnr, Rat-a-tat-Cat, Scrabble, etc.

It might also be useful to know that:
- she mostly just plays with me
- she has an almost-7yo and a 4yo sibling (who we try and cajole into joining us play, with limited success)
- her friends don't often have the attention span to sit and play Forbidden Island through to the end when they come over to play (to DD's disappointment sometimes) (so mostly DD is stuck playing with me)

Thoughts on Catan Jnr?

Any other recommendations? Thanks!

#2 osmund

Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:25 PM

I wouldn't bother with Catan Jnr for a 10yo. I would just get (normal) Settlers of Catan.

Our 10yo has been playing normal Catan for a few years now & enjoys it, and our 5yo has just started playing it as well.

#3 BusbyWilkes

Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:26 PM

Favourite ones here are Blockus, Cluedo and Exploding Kittens (not sure of age rec on this one).
We love games but not ones that go for hours!

Edited by BusbyWilkes, 06 December 2018 - 11:28 PM.


#4 LiveLife

Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:48 PM

View PostBusbyWilkes, on 06 December 2018 - 11:26 PM, said:

Favourite ones here are Blockus, Cluedo and Exploding Kittens (not sure of age rec on this one).
We love games but not ones that go for hours!
If you love a quick game get bluff and hive

#5 AdelTwins

Posted 07 December 2018 - 12:08 AM

Catan Jr is WAY too easy for a 10yo who already plays Forbidden Island.

As well as Forbidden Desert have a look at other co-operative games:
Pandemic
Castle Panic
Flash Point Fire Rescue

Or vs games:
Catan
Ticket to Ride
Grimm Forest
Splendor
Sushi Go Party

Edited by AdelTwins, 07 December 2018 - 12:09 AM.


#6 DaLittleEd

Posted 07 December 2018 - 01:48 AM

Ticket to Ride would be good. You can get some pretty good strategy going, but fairly quick with easy to understand rules if she wants to play with friends.

#7 redchick

Posted 07 December 2018 - 04:47 AM

Agree with PP that Pamdemic is great for cooperation. Also love sushi go party as there are lots of variations (including a good one for 2 players). I think it I’ll be a couple of years before your DDs siblings will be able to play these though.

#8 AdelTwins

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:08 AM

^^ I have two 7yo who play most of the above games. Well all of the ones we have anyway. ;)

It really depends on the child. IMHO if they are advanced in reading/comprehension and good at maths they will generally do quite well at more advanced board games.

#9 Bereckii

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:12 AM

Okay, very helpful information here, thank you!

I wasn't sure whether the Jnr version of Catan would have been the right move. Sounds like it would be better to get something else - thank you.

Some suggestions sound great - off to check them out!

#10 AdelTwins

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:19 AM

Catan Jr would still be good for your 7 and 4yos. If they are interested in gaming.

#11 Bereckii

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:20 AM

 AdelTwins, on 07 December 2018 - 09:08 AM, said:

^^ I have two 7yo who play most of the above games. Well all of the ones we have anyway. ;)

It really depends on the child. IMHO if they are advanced in reading/comprehension and good at maths they will generally do quite well at more advanced board games.

Yes, this is the problem. 10yo DD is quick thinking and loves a challenge. She is advanced at reading/comprehension and maths.

Almost-7yo sibling is not and is less interested.

#12 Kreme

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:50 AM

Ticket to Ride is awesome! We love it. We’ve had it for 18 months so kids would have been 11 and 9 when we started. They had no trouble picking it up.

Sequence is another good one.

#13 seayork2002

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:54 AM

Squatter?, we talk about getting Ticket to ride every year but have not got it yet

#14 dwdwdw2

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:02 AM

Most of ours have already been mentioned.  One more though - Carcassonne.

#15 xxyzed

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:05 AM

Dungeons and dragons has been popular in our house with my 11 and 13 year old boys and their friends. They have a thick book that they spend a lot of time reading.

#16 sunshine_days

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:29 AM

Exploding kittens is a good game... My 13 and 12 year old play and have for the last 2 or so years... There is also Exploding Unicorns and Bears Vs Babies...

#17 -Belinda-

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:30 AM

We have DD10 and DS7 and enjoy Carcasonne, Sequence, Skipbo (not really strategy but fun), and we should really teach them Rummikub which is a pretty good one. We have started teaching them Settlers of Catan, my favourite, but I don't really think they are old enough - too easy to beat ;)

#18 panda eyes

Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:46 AM

Takenoko is cute and would be fine for a 10 year old.

#19 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:49 AM

i second (third?) ticket to ride...good fun, very strategic.

#20 MrsT2018

Posted 07 December 2018 - 12:00 PM

Talisman is fun but quite a long game.

Lords of waterdeep is good and easy to shorten it by less rounds etc.

Rummicub is great too.

#21 hoohoobump

Posted 07 December 2018 - 12:47 PM

Another vote for Catan (usual) and Ticket to Ride. We also like Rummikub and Latice for quick games.

#22 The Little Engine

Posted 09 December 2018 - 06:44 AM

There are heaps of expansion packs for ticket to ride too - all are quite different :)




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