“Junior” Game Versions

Greetings All,

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about “junior” versions of games or more kid friendly versions of games. I grew up with a lot of Hasbro games and their Junior versions. I have a 20 month old and obviously a good amount of time before he is old enough to really get into gaming, but I started thinking about Euro games and their “junior” versions. Please keep in mind that my list(s) are not complete and when I locate more example games I will be adding them.

Before I go into “junior” games, I just want to mention a company called Haba. Obviously there are tons of companies out there making games for you kids and toddlers, but Haba has a collection called “My Very First Games“. They are so cute and I am looking forward to picking a few out for my son. My biggest thing about them is that their games are rather expensive for little kid games. Regardless, please go take a peek because they are adorable… or maybe I’m just a sucker for the whole “My first” thing. 🙂

We’ll start with your basic Hasbro Junior Games listed by youngest age first!

Boggle Junior, ages 3+, 1+ players.

Yahtzee Jr, ages 4+, 2-4 players.

Monopoly Junior, ages 5+, 2-4 players.

Junior Scrabble, ages 5+, 2-4 players.

Clue Junior, ages 5+, 2-6 players.

The Game of Life Junior, ages 5+, 2-4 players.

Cranium Junior, ages 7+, 2 players.

Trivial Pursuit: Junior, ages 8+, 2-4 players.

Taboo Junior, ages 8+, 4 players.

Non-Hasbro Games.

Sequence for kids, Jax Games, ages 3-6, 2-4 players.

My First Carcassonne, Z-Man Games, ages 4+, 2-4 players, 20 min playtime.

My First Stone Age – The card game, Z-Man Games, ages 4+, 2-4 players, 10 min playtime.

My First Stone Age, Z-Man Games, ages 5+, 2-4 players, 15 min playtime.

Junior Labyrinth, Ravensburger, ages 5+, 1-4 players, 15 min playtime.

Catan Junior, Mayfair Games, ages 6+, 2-4 players, 30-40 min playtime.

Ticket to Ride First Journey, Days of Wonder, ages 6+, 2-4 players, 15-30 min playtime.

Ticket to Ride First Journey Europe, Days of Wonder, ages 6+, 2-4 players, 15-30 min playtime.

Krosmaster Junior, Ghenos Games, ages 7+, 2-4 players, 5-15 min playtime.

I hope you’ve found some new additions to your game library on this list and hopefully you can find that perfect gateway junior game version of your favorite games! Know of anymore? Let me know! Until next time… Live by the board.

-livingbytheboard

Labyrinth

Greetings All,

Today I will be doing a quick review of a game called Labyrinth. It’s very cute, very simple and yet strategic enough to keep high attention and focus not just for kids, but adults as well.

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Labyrinth by Ravensburger

2-4 Players, Ages 8+

Labyrinth is a really fun family game that utilizes randomly placed tiles to create a Labyrinth. There are some affixed tiles on the board that create a makeshift grid. Everyone gets a little figurine to place on the board and they traverse the Labyrinth. There is always one tile left over that is used to change the layout. Players on their turn can place the rogue tile into the Labyrinth which changes the layout and pushes another tile out for the process to continue. There are several rules with tiles placement: 1) You can’t push out a tile that was placed the turn before yours. 2) There are allocated spaces on the board from which you can enter the tiles. 3) You can push yourself or another player off the board by placing tiles and that character will pop back up on the other side. At the start of the game the players are given treasure cards with pictures of the treasures they must seek out in the Labyrinth in order to win, which is where tile placement comes in handy.

I for one loved playing this game with kids and adults. The game is very relaxed and easy to grasp, however, the strategies that go into the tile placement is more than enough to make the game intense. Ravensbuger put up a video that allows you to see the components and rules a bit better. The only issue I had is that it is only a four player game and there are five of us, soon to be six. If you have a larger family you may want to look into the card game variant or the electronic variant, which are both 2-6 players. I haven’t played either yet, but if I do I will let you know how it pans out. They also have a version called Junior Labyrinth that is for ages 5+.

There are many places you can purchase this game, most places offer a preorder option because it was out of print for quite some time and has grown fairly popular. I would suggest going to Amazon to buy it. It’s by far the best price and it’s always in stock. While you’re there check out the Anniversary Edition, which is what we got. It comes in a nice tin box and has upgraded miniatures.

Now, if you’re like me by the end of the game or even the end of this review you’ve already started singing some David Bowie from the movie Labyrinth and if you haven’t… shame on you. 🙂

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