The Kids of Carcassonne
English language edition of Die Kinder von Carcassonne
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On 14 July, the national holiday in France, the sheep, chickens and cows are set free in the town of Carcassonne. The children have lots of fun catching the animals before dusk.
The players in turn draw a landscape tile and place it; unlike in normal Carcassonne, they always match. Amongst other features, the tiles show children in the player colors on the roads. Whenever a road is finished, every player places one of his meeples on each appropriate picture. The first player who manages to place all of his meeples wins the game.
This game gets constant game play in our house. If you have young kids and are a strategic gamer, it will be your sanity in a world of Candy Land and cooperative games. The great design elements of the game also make you feel like you're playing one of your nicely produced strategic games. My kids have been playing this with us since they were 3 & 5, and I find it fun every time. While I've never been a big Carcassonne fan, I find this game to be one of a kind for the strategy offered for a very young age. Wish there were more like this - I can't believe it's not more highly rated.
As gaming parents we hoped this The Kids of Carcassonne would form a significant step toward introducing our kids to the kinds of games we enjoy. And we were not disappointed!
This is not only a great game for teaching kids strategy and consequences of decisions, but it also serves to help them learn that they can choose to cooperate in some cases.
They can work together to get more meeples on the board than they can alone, and both beat mom or dad. Meanwhile, mom and dad can be playing the same game against each other at a higher level if they are so inclined, while advising the kids on potential moves.
It is to be hoped that this title comes back into stock: it's the best kids game we've been able to find so far.
This is a game my 4 year old and her 5 and 6 year old friends beg to play every time they see me. It is simple in design, but the complexities exist for the older players while teaching them the beginning rules of Carcassonne.
Each player chooses a color of kids to play. The tiles are placed in piles between players. In turn, each player chooses a tile and places it on the created board. (the good thing for beginning players is that every tile fits every place). The tiles contain lakes, bridges, paths, houses and castles. Some tiles allow the paths to continue, others allow them to end. The goal is to complete a path on both side and place the kids of the correct color onto of the kids on the path. The first player to get rid of all of their kids wins.
When the younger kids play they just play to get the paths complete and place the proper kids on the proper location. In this case we play all of the tiles and let the players continue to play even after their colored kids are gone.
As the kids get older, we actually play see who can get rid of their pieces first. This involves a little strategy when placing your piece. You don't want to end a path for another player - maybe you want to make it longer instead. But, you want to end your paths with as many of your colors on them as possible and as quickly as possible.
Great play - even my husband and I don't mind playing ths multiple times which is a big thing since we like to play game, but can only play kids games for so long.