My First Stone Age (2016)
Let’s face it, it was hard living in the Stone Age. It wasn’t all dinosaur garbage disposals or wooly mammoth vacuum cleaners.
It required scavenging for food and supplies, building shelters, and having pets.
Ok, so I’m not going to pretend that My FIrst Stone Age is historically accurate, but it is a pretty good kids game, combining memory and set collection.
Components: Nice thick cardboard huts & forest circles. The wood pieces are great, both the player pieces and the resources. My only complaint is the settlements, which are for putting finished huts on and storing your resources under. It is a little too low to get some of the pieces underneath. I also have a minor quibble about why the dog tokens are cardboard instead of wood. They are the only resource made of cardboard.
Game Play: You flip a forest circle that is set up around the outer edge of the board. You then move either the number of die pips shown, or to the indicated spot on the board. Wherever you end up, you take a resource from that space, unless you end up on the construction space. If there is nothing available in the spot, you don’t get anything, except the dog space, then you steal from the person on your left who has a dog tile.
Note: We have been playing the trading post space wrong, treating it more like a general store. It is supposed to be a 1 for 1 trade, not just take what you want. Probably didn’t change much in our games, although it might have attributed to my concern about the game mentioned below.
If you land on the construction space, 2 things can happen. The thing that will always happen is that you flip the revealed forest tiles back over, and you must swap two of the tiles around. The optional thing is that you can pay the resources indicated on one of the face up hut tiles (Dog tiles count as a wild piece.), and then take that hut and place it on your base.
That’s it. The first person to build 3 huts wins.
Final Thoughts: This is a neat little kids game. The memory bits aren’t particularly difficult, and to be honest, the only thing I really focus on its location is the hut. You can just collect things until a hut shows up that you can buy. Aleksia (My 4 yr old.) hasn’t really focused much on the location of the hut tile, yet has won 2 of our 4 games.
It’s mostly lucked based early on, but teaches some set collection mechanics and how to use them to buy other things. The suggested ages feel pretty accurate, but a smart 4 year old can understand. Aleksia had no trouble with the mechanics in any way, in fact she won our first game.
It looks nice on the table. I do wonder if resources might get scarce in a 4 player game, we ran out of many of them in our one three player game. We never had any issues when playing two player.
Special thanks to Drew for letting us borrow this game.