Splendor

Players: 2-4
Playing time: 30 minutes
Cost: £25

Splendor is a card collecting game. You pick up tokens, which you can then swap for cards, and with enough cards you get points. The tokens and cards are different jewels – rubies, sapphires, diamonds, etc – and so the game looks good. It’s a simple game, easy to pick up and easy to play with one eye on the baby.

There are no very small pieces. The tokens are the size of poker pieces, with a pleasing weight. While I wouldn’t give one to my baby to play with, I don’t think it would be a problem if she grabbed one mid-game. It also wouldn’t be too much of a problem if the cards and tokens on the table were moved a little by an active baby.

The downside is that this is a relentlessly turn-based game, and turns come around quickly. If one person needs to check on the baby, the other players have nothing to do. You don’t need to give the game much attention, but you need to give it that attention all the time. Fine if the baby is in the same room and you don’t need to break your concentration, not so good with toddlers who need more focused attention.

Summary: worth it for the tokens alone.

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