If you like Jenga then try Click Clack Lumberjack especially if you have young children.
Originally published in Korea as Tok Tok Woodman, Click Clack Lumberjack, now in its third edition, is a unique dexterity game (sorry folks, no worker placement here) for 2-7 players, ages 5 and up from Mayday Games. I play this regularly with my 5 year old girl. So much so, that it has become my daughter’s “go-to- game” for the month; maybe even the next few months or at least until I can find something to replace it.
The game is made up of nine plastic tree centers or “cores” stacked up on top of a tree stump. Slid around into the edge of each core are 4 pieces of bark. The object is to use the included plastic axe and tap the cores to free the bark for one point each. You only get two chops per turn. But be careful! If a tree core falls off the tree stump you lose 5 points! If your bark has a sticker of a grub on it (my daughter calls them scrubs) you get an extra turn! Once all the bark is off the tree, whether center pieces remain or not, the game is over. You tally the points, whoever has the most points wins.
Simple. Easy. Peasy.
Jenga is all well and good but it is an abstract tower of wood and not very thematic. Click Clack Lumberjack looks like a big tree (even if it is made of plastic and not wood) and it’s fun to try to chop the tree to get the bark off. Plus, when the pieces fall they make a god-awful racket which kids love! Many games aimed at young children are usually dexterity-based games with simple rules and game play. Click Clack Lumberjack is no different. I see no reason why a 4 year old or even a 3 year old wouldn’t have a blast playing this game. If you have young meeples at home, go out and chop, err, pick up this great little game.
Jeff Rhind re-entered the hobby board gaming life about a year ago and has been slowly
brainwashing luring his 5 year old daughter into the hobby as well. He currently writes a blog called Gaming with his Girl on boardgamegeek where he discusses children’s games and various other game life rants. You can also follow him on Twitter @jeffrhind