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Quelf Jr.

Quelf Jr.

Spring 2011 Games
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Spin Master Toys
Price: $14.99

Quelf immediately appealed to 5, 9, and 11 year old testers and adults, who also found it charming. It encourages interaction and is not easy to win. The board seems small at first, but random cards give the game has healthy playing span. Quelf balances physical, mental, coordination and comical tasks.

The average game lasts 15 minutes for 3 persons playing. Quelf is most suited for ages 5-9, so long as each player can read and play independently. Older children became familiar with the cards after playing 3-4 times, and the game lost its luster and, in some games, the children who could read tired of the game, while the younger one found it consistently fun but needed help to play.

The board design is colorful and welcoming, and playing pieces are sturdy. The random and gently punishing humor of Mr. Sourface cards elicited groans and laughter. The Miss Goody Gumdrops cards appear to be rewards, but each may or may not be valuable to the player.

This game is a certainly fun, and it would be strongly recommended for vacations, rainy days, family events, and similar settings.

Dara Schnee   ©2011 Parents' Choice

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