It recommends player ages of 5 and up, and I played it a always with Olivia who is 7, and she grasped it in seconds, so I do not feel 5 and up will be a problem at all. 2-4 players are the recommended number, we played it with 2 players and it worked perfectly, then tried it with 4, and it still went nice and smoothly. It states playtime at about 15 minutes which is about right, maybe a bit quicker for 2 players, which is good, as it does not go on to long for younger children who may not have such a long attention span. It also means another game can be played quickly afterwards, which Olivia always asked for, so you can get plenty of play troughs of it, as the setup time is short, and clear up time is quick.
The Art on the box is charming, and it grabbed Olivias attention straight away, and mine as well, its not completely "kids" art, but is a nice compromise where the game doesn't look like a normal "childrens" game such as snakes and ladders, or junior Monopoly, so this can still sit nicely with your collection of other games. The production quality of it is nice and high, a nice quality box that you know will last, as after only having this for a few days, the play count is already high, and will only continue to go up.
Lets take a look inside the box, and how it plays!
The box comes with plenty of goodies, there is not much to do to get ready for your first play, just some tokens to punch out, and players village trackers to build. This should take you less then 10 minutes
Another nice touch, is that on the back of the board is a clear picture of the board with all the game markings removed, and its lovely scene to enjoy, and spend time with the younger ones going through.
They are really nice little pieces, these are my first experience with wooden components instead of plastic, and I like them, they all fit the game perfectly, and wood fits the theme and era nicely.
could this be the town centre? or not...... time to gamble and see!
So what do I think of this game? well this will come in a few parts, I think it looks lovely, the quality of the parts, the artwork, the nice wooden components, it just makes this a charming game, and a pleasant experience to play. The rules are fast and simple for you, and easy to teach in minutes. #with the story elements, and facts it s a great learning game, as it helps thinking as you must aim for resources, and match them on the cards. Its not just a game for kids though, I could happily break this out for a quick blast with my friends, and I think they would enjoy it as a quick filler game, though they would not get the same pleasure as younger players I think, but it is still very much viable.
I asked Olivia what she thought, and she said "I love it! its so much fun, and it looks nice too. I like to collect the wooden bits so I can build my village, and I like to look at the board to see the pictures. Its fun to play, and I like remembering where the tokens are, though sometimes I get it wrong, but its still fun and it can very close to who will get the huts first and make the best village. ITs a very good game and I will play this lots I give it 10 out of 10!"
She love this game, I really like the charm of it, and its an excellent way to get younger gamers into the hobby, or even other adults as this is so easy to learn and play. A group of adults together and this can get quite cut throat, as they fight for resources, providing a different play experience.
With its quality parts, charming looks and fun simple game it will be a good addition to your collection.
My First Stone age has an RRP of £31.99, to find your local game store check here and grab a copy, you will have a great time with it.
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