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Subject: Short Review: Candy - great game for kids rss

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Greg Ullrich
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We bought a copy of this game as a present for our cousin's 4-year old thinking it would be a great game for their whole family to play together. Here's a quick review based on our experience playing it with them.

Components: A very simple but high quality set of components. One blue felt "board", 41 wooden "candy" pieces painted in bright colors on one side, and 3 six-sided dice with colored circles in place of numbers.

Goal of Game: Be the first to collect 5 pieces of candy.

Game Play: Players alternate rolling the three dice. After each roll, everyone tries to be the first to grab the piece of candy that has the same color combination as shown on the dice. There are several ways the game suggests to make this a cleaner process, our favorite was to have the players point to the candy and then pick it up after everyone agreed who pointed first.

Why do I like this game? Well, admittedly, it's a very light weight game, but the luck factor is gone. This presents one of the few games a young child can play that isn't dominated by luck. It has color and pattern recognition and hand eye coordination coupled with a great fun factor driven by the candy pieces. Playing with a 4 year old was, for the adults, more an exercise in restraint and "teaching" good game playing behavior than actually competing. But for the child, it was a grand time and I can see where for a group of similar age kids (with an adult moderator) it would be loads of fun. As many of you fellow geeks know, it's hard to find a good game you can play with young kids, this is one you can play and not feel like your brain is rotting away (Candyland anyone???)


 
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