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Posted: 3 weeks ago, last updated 10 days ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Catan Junior is a collecting game where you build a pirate kingdom around the Isles of Catan. You play by rolling dice, collecting resources and buying Lair pieces. It is a tactical race to gather and trade to get what you need and beat your opponents to the best locations for a fast victory.

In this game, you play as a pirate captain who spots the Isle of Catan and races other pirates to gather enough resources and build seven lairs. You start with two lairs, which produce a resource on a specific dice roll, for example a three might gain you a goat. You trade-up these resources, aiming to get the correct combinations to build new additions to your kingdom. These new buildings give you other resources from other numbers on the dice.

As you play, space on the board gets taken up by other players, so it's a race to gather the resources you need to get your buildings built first. If you don't, your opponents can snatch away the space you need, forcing you to build in a different direction or around a number that you don't want. There is also a Ghost Pirate, which you can move to block your opponents numbers, stopping them from collecting key resources. The winner is the first player to build seven lairs.

What starts as a dice-rolling, resource collection game, quickly becomes a game of tactical trading, quick building and racing your opponents for the best spaces on the board. To succeed you need the luck of the dice and a sharp eye for a good trading deal.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 5-7 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2011

Genres: Collecting, Race and Strategy

Pieces: Board, Dice, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Settlers Of Catan (@SettlersOfCatan)

Players: 2-4



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Learn to Play: This takes 20 minutes to learn. The turn structure is simple, so you should be able to get playing quickly. To master this game, you have to learn the resource combinations needed to build the three possible constructions and learn about trading between players and the board.

Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and 40 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

5-7 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to learn the building combinations and be tactical enough to swap resources to gather the ones that they need.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


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We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Catan Junior Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@SettlersOfCatan) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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