The Gigamic Games Edition: Kissing Fruits and Mazes

The Gigamic Games Edition: Kissing Fruits and Mazes

March 15, 2019 1 By Ryan Sanders

We take a look at two Gigamic Games for 4+ in Tutti Frutti and Quoridor Junior. 

Editors note: This article was originally published on our brother site, The Inquisitive Meeple. There may be some edits to this version of the article. 

Tutti Frutti

Published By:  Gigamic

Ages: 4+ (We recommend 5+ and up)

Player Count: 2-6

Designers: Theora Concept

Game Type: Speed, Recognition

Skills Learned: Recognition, Matching

Note: Gigamic provided a free review copy for an honest review.

Overview: Race to make the biggest stack of fruit without making any mistakes.

Rules: 2-6 Players each take a cardboard chip showing half a fruit on each side of the token (different fruit each side). The remaining 48 48 fruit chips/tokens are spread out on the table within everyone’s reach. Players simultaneously try to match a token on the top or the bottom of their chip with a chip on the table and placing them on the corresponding fruit match in their hand. Players may flip over the tokens on the table if they need to find a match. After all of the tokens are taken or no one can legally take anything – players compare stacks. The player with the highest stack of fruit with no mistakes wins.

Parents Take: Tutti Frutti is a fast game. And by that I mean it takes less than 90 seconds to play the actual game. However, due to this speed element and the idea of holding tokens in your hand and matching either the top or the bottom of a token – I think the recommended age of 4+ just isn’t realistic for most families. It did take a few games for my preschooler to understand the game, and she has yet to win a game we’ve played because her parents or siblings are always fast. That said Tutti Fruitti is a great little game for families with kids 6 1/2 and up. Our double-digit kids seem to enjoy the game, even one of the high schoolers who does not often play games seemed to enjoyed it. I will say all of my games have been with 4-players, and in almost every game, if not every game – there is at least someone (often but not always me) that can no longer match a fruit. There are no remaining matches on the table even though there are plenty of tokens left – so that player who cannot find a match will most likely lose and have to sit out on the fun. HOWEVER, games last 90 seconds or less, so they won’t be waiting for too long, which makes the issue more annoying than a major issue. Oh, and can we mention it comes in a wonderful tin – I typically don’t like tins, but this one is hinged and closes really well and the inset in it fits the fruit tokens really well. Top component job from Gigamic on this one. This one would be a great game to start or end any family game night. I just think it needs to be with kids 6 and older, and not the 4+ on the box. That said, if you don’t want the younger child to feel left out, they can join in – they most likely won’t win but they can enjoy the game along with the older children in the family.

Olivia Meeple’s:  (Preschooler) Take: I like they picked fruits I like to eat to be the art on the Tutti Frutti tiles. I like the game, it has pineapples in it! I like that you have to find the different halves and make them kiss. The gameplay is good, it’s a little hard to play, even after I finally figured out how to play, I still never win. I like playing this game, but it’s not one of my favorites.

Edit After Posting: We heard from Gigamic USA after posting that sometimes when they demo the game, they add this house rule: “if you get stuck with your fruit, pitch a disk in off the end of stack and keep playing. You can even pick the same disk up again if nobody else does.”  We will have to keep that in mind next time we play, and readers may as well if they pick this one up. 

Quoridor Junior

Published By:  Gigamic

Ages: 4+ (We recommend at least 51/2+ to 8)

Player Count: 2-4

Designers: Mirko Marchesi

Game Type: Abstract Strategy game

Skills Learned: Logic & Strategy

Note: Gigamic provided a free review copy for an honest review.

Overview: Quoridor Junior is a perfect information abstract strategy games (think games like Chess or Checkers) and is a smaller and more colorful take on its big brother, Quoridor. The main difference is that instead of a 9×9 board and each player having 10 wooden fences (in 2-player), the Junior version is a smaller board with fewer fences (7×7 and 8 fences in 2-player). It should be noted this game currently within the Top 100 Children’s Games at Board Game Geek (currently ranked 86 at the time of writing). 

Rules: It’s really simple, your object is to get to the other side of the board. On your turn, you can either move one space (orthogonally) or you place a bush (fence). Rules for bush placement are you can never totally fence in an opponent and that a fence needs to be placed so it takes up only two blocks.

Parents’ Take: Quoridor Junior is a great way to introduce kids to a perfect abstract strategy game – that is a game with no luck and perfect information. However, once again much like Tutti Frutti (see above), the age range of 4+ seems a little off the mark. I think the age should be 5 ½, maybe 6. My daughter is about to turn 5 and plays all sorts of games – honestly couldn’t get the concept of the game when we played. Though to be fair – if its adult vs small child in a game with no luck – the adult is going to win most likely. Hopefully. I think in the end, my daughter enjoyed the toy factor of placing the bushes then the actual gameplay. It was clear he isn’t old enough yet to grasp the concept of the game. However, when she is – this will be a great game to introduce her to abstract strategy games and the thinking that comes along with that.

Olivia Meeple’s (Preschooler) Take:I like there is a pink character because I like pink. It’s an okay game, it’s fun to put the bushes on the board. I want to play again…I also like to play with it like a toy.

Mini Meeple-Sized Summary:

Both Tutti Fruitti and Quoridor Jr are good games, however, both are rated a little young. We recommend 5 1/2 for both of them, though Tutti Fruitti may still be played and be fun for children younger than that.

Ryan Sanders is the founder, owner, and editor-at-large of Adventures in Gameschooling. He’s also the guy behind its social media accounts. God has blessed Ryan and his wife Mary, with five children, which he homeschools. As a Christian, he believes that he should not only look out for your own interests but other peoples too (Philippians 2:4) and this is one of his guiding principles for Adventures in Gameschooling. Ryan’s expertise is informed by almost two decades of experience as a stay-at-home father and from the running The Inquisitive Meeple where he performed over 300 written and podcast interviews within the board game industry.