Publisher: Set Enterprises Inc.
Players: 2 – 6 players
Ages: 5 + adult
Playing Time: 40 minutes
Game Mechanics: Hand management and set collection
Contents: 103 unique playing cards, 96 point chips and 1 rule book
Suggested Retail Price: $12.99
Parental Advisory: safe for kids
Awards: 2013 Club Fantasci Children’s Game of the Year, 2013 Parent Tested Parent Approved, 2013 Family Choice Award, ASTRA Best Toys for Kids Finalist and Sharp As A Tack Outstanding Education Value Honorable Mention
Quiddler Junior won the 2013 Club Fantasci Children’s Game of the Year for a reason. It’s fun to play while being educational and working on spelling as a child is always an important skill to have. Set Enterprises Inc. was kind enough to introduce me to several of their games during the 2013 ASTRA Toy Fair in Nashville, TN. I walked away with a copy of Quiddler Junior and they sent me more games later but it was this game that really caught my attention. I used to home school my daughter so I was very keen on checking this out and seeing its potential in mixing education and fun for the kids. That is a wonderful combination as anyone who has home-schooled can tell you!
The objective of Quiddler Junior is to earn the most points by spelling words from the cards in your hand. It’s that simple!
Each player starts with two cards. They draw one card from the draw pile or discard pile and then discard to end their turn. This continues until one player can use all of their cards to form a word and still discard a card to go out. Once a player goes out, each other player has one more turn to try to make a word and go out as well. After the round ends, the players words are scored with their point chips and a new round begins. Each round from here out will change by one card. In other words, the next round, each player starts with three cards, then four, then five etc….until the final round of seven cards to start with.
When scoring a word, each card is worth the value of points show on its face. If a player can’t score a word, they get a turkey (zero points.) There are no negative effects in this game unless a player fails a challenge. A player can challenge a word if they feel it isn’t really a word. If they are wrong and it is in the dictionary chosen, then they subtract the total score of the word from their score and vice versa. If the player being challenged is wrong, then they lose the points.
There is also a five point bonus for the player with the longest word at the end of the game.
After the last round, each player counts up all their point chips and the highest score wins!
There is also an alternate solitaire way to play this game included.
Now I know this is a simple game, but it is supposed to be. It is for children. It is fast paced and it keeps the kids attention. The artwork is cute and is geared towards the young children. They will not only learn to spell from this game but also the names of objects and animals. They will learn to identify these things by picture while also learning to spell and it all being reinforced by all the resources combined. It’s really a good learning tool and game.
This game is perfect for families with young children. You get to mix fun with learning and the kids love it! It doesn’t get any better than that. It’s also a great tool for home-schoolers or church groups etc. It fits well into a lot of applications for games.
Set Enterprises is known for good solid games that are educational, fun and easy to learn. They make great travel games and Quiddler Junior is no exception.
Club Fantasci Scoring (Based on scale of 10):
Rules Book: 8
Component Quality: 7
Club Fantasci Overall Score: 7.5
I am giving Quiddler Junior 7.5 out 10 stars because it is a game that parents can easily play with children, still enjoy and teach their kids important skills at the same time. It is a very good children’s and family game.
This game is Club Fantasci Certified!
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