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Within a day of getting Junior Classic Games, I found myself on a 2 hour car journey to Cornwall. Perfect! I thought. I immediately set about playing the game.
What hits you first it the sheer volume of things to do. It took me hours to play through the massive variety of games Junior Classic Games sports. The name says it all; It's your much loved, classic games, dressed up in a kid friendly way.
Hard to picture? I'll give you an example. Hangman (everyone loves hangman, right?) is now a monkey-based game, where every letter you get wrong, a monkey drops out of a tree. However, Monkey Hangmen is just the tip of the wealth of games you get. I was entertained for hours playing Panda solitaire, Spider Crosswords and even Sheep Racing.
I was entertained for hours playing Panda solitaire, Spider Crosswords and even Sheep Racing.
Junior Classic Games also has a neat reward system, giving you trophies -bronze, silver and gold- for achieving certain scores. However, one thing was bugging me. I knew the age range of this game was four to nine, but in places, despite friendly animal faces and quirky jungle noises, some of the puzzles seemed just a little hard for a nine year-old. About an hour into playing through the games I liked best, I decided to try out one of the more unusual and original games on the game. Whoops. There was a distinct lack of anything that was new. It felt a bit "Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt" However, I doubt any 4 year old will feel like this, especially when there's a brightly colored parrot helping you play Sudoku.
The best thing about Junior Classic Games is that you can come back to it again and again and again. I found myself come back to it every time I had a car journey or some spare time to kill. Junior Classic Games has what every game should have; replayability. (I don't know if that's a word, but it should be). This is a game that you can keep for months, if not for years. It's like a board game- wait, more like a lot of board games. You never get, well, bored.
despite friendly animal faces and quirky jungle noises, some of the puzzles seemed just a little hard for a nine year-old.
It's hard to find problems with this game; Sure there's an unbelievably annoying hyena noise every time you get a Game Over or a Well Done, and sure the games have no names underneath them on the menu, meaning that your game choice is based on animal type. There's also a small problem with the accuracy of the touch screen, making an actually really good spot the difference irritating.
However, these are small issues that don't matter. And the actual content of the game is great too; who can pick holes with the much loved game Sudoku, even if it does have a parrot in it. I liked it, and I have no doubt that younger children will love Junior Classic Games, and that, after several hours, they will still be playing away on jigsaws, puzzles and conundrums.
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