It’s safe to say that we love board games, a lot. Hands down my favorite board game of all time is Stone Age. It’s a pretty simple worker placement game that scales great with 2 or 4 players. I also almost always win, that may or may not have to do with why I love the game. It honestly only has a teeny amount to do with it, but winning never hurts.
So when My First Stone Age was announced I freaked out. Stone Age is a pretty simple game and can be taught to kids around the age of 10, but it’s definitely not going to be something Aliceana is ready for, but My First Stone Age, sign me up!
We actually waited until our local game store had the game in stock, because we love supporting them so it took a while before we got our hands on the game. It was flying off their shelves. The day we bought it Aliceana was still at my grandma’s house, so AJ and I punched out all the pieces, set up the game and played ourselves. We were way too competitive, but we realized how simple it was and couldn’t wait to get Aliceana home to play.
The components are absolutely gorgeous. Giant wood resources and nice thick wooden tiles. The only complaint is that they weren’t thinking when they made these pieces for you know…a kids game, and some of the pieces love to roll off the table. It’s seriously my only con about this game, and that’s mostly because I can’t get the pottery to stand up because I’m clumsy.
It’s such a perfect game for kiddos. It’s really a simple game, so if I lose you on this explanation don’t write the game off yet, I swear you’ll love it and the gameplay is simple. You want to collect a certain amount of resources to purchase huts, just match the resources to the pictures of the resources on the huts and get to the build phase. You move around the board by flipping tiles that either determine a spot for you to move on the board (a tusk means head to the spot with the tusk resources, a dog means head to the spot with the dog tile) and some tiles have dice with a specific amount of pips on them, so you move that amount of pips, after you flip a tile you leave it where it is on the board. If you flip the tile with hut on it and have the resources to build a hut, then you build a hut and you get to swap the spots of 2 different tiles and turn all the tiles back so you can’t see what’s on the other side of them. This means there’s an element of memory at work in this game, which is super great.
If you listen to our podcast you already heard this story, but the first time that Aliceana played with us she was one hut away from winning and we had helped her quite a bit up to that point. Then she looked down at her resources and told us which hut she was going to buy, she was completely correct that she had enough resources for that hut, and we just about died of parent proudness. She ended up winning.
So I think that definitely proves that My First Stone Age is easy enough for kids to play and grasp, and I’m obsessed with it. I wish more games that we enjoy had children’s versions. How about a kids version of Dead of Winter or Pandemic Legacy. I was actually kidding, but a kids version of Pandemic would be great for teaching good hygiene. Hey kids, wash your hands or the world will end.