Catan Junior

  • Designer: Klaus Teuber
  • Publisher: Mayfair Games
  • Plays 2–4
  • Ages: 5+
  • Playing Time: ~30 minutes (2-player game); slightly more with more players
  • Initial Release: 2012
  • Elevator Pitch: Theoretically a modified version of Settlers of Catan for kids. Place pirate hideouts and pirate ships to gather resources. First to 7 hideouts wins.
  • Roar Score: 4/5

This was the first game with any sort of real strategy that Zoey took to. It’s ostensibly a scaled-down kids version of Settlers of Catan, but it shares little with that game, except for the inclusion of various resources. I understand how it’s considered to be in the “Catan world,” but calling this Catan Junior is a little misleading. We also have The Kids of Catan, which is an entirely different game (and one which we’ll post about in the near future).

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