I'm a bit late to the thread but my 11 year old son and I played our first game last night...it was amazing! Not only did he have a great time playing, he also ended up pulling ahead in the last round to win after trailing significantly throughout the game. The game is somewhat complex for us but the theme is so immersive that it helps the mechanics make sense, leading to a great gaming experience. The other part that helps is the breaking up of the turn into the 4 easily digested phases. It looks crazy spread out on the table so we were a little scared to try it out but we are also fans of the movies and couldn't resist. And on that note I will now admit to having never played Clans of Caledonia, I just needed to vent my excitement about our first game! Good luck with your decision.
Hi Collin I ordered Dinosaur Island this evening! Thank you for such a informative reply & sounds like you had great game! You have me stoked for playing with my family! Thank you.