I was thinking a while back about what miniature games exist for our younger audience. Sure there are plenty of simple board games out there, but who really wants to play Candy Land? Some of Wizkids games are pretty simple, but the pocket models pieces are difficult even for me to assemble and I would imagine that some parents do not want their children playing games based off mature video games(Halo ActionClix). Heroscape is good bet for children 10 and up, but what up the K-3 grades?
I have one possible solution for you. I was wondering through the after Christmas clearance isle looking for a replacement to the Indoor RC Helicopter I trashed(More on this in later articles) and I found a miniatures game by Hasbro called Attacktix. There appears to be several versions of the game featuring Hasbro's various toy licenses. (Star Wars, Transformers, and Comic book heroes). So I picked up the Transformers started set for only 8.99 to see if it was possible for kids to actually play this game, as the recommended age is 6+.
Long story short – it is. The game is played on any hard surface, and while there is no mention of terrain in the rules, there is no reason various objects could not perform that role. Game play consists of units moving and then attacking. Unlike other miniature games, there is no measuring involved. Each unit can move a certain amount of 'Tix'. As the figure is pushed along the board, it will make an audible ticking noise. The controlling player counts the number of 'Tix' to determine how far the figure has moved. Combat is simple and fun. There are no dice to roll or damage resolution charts. Every unit has some sort of spring loaded weapon. These range from projectiles to various close combat weapons. Damage resolution is simple. If a figure is knocked over, it is removed from play. And when a figure is “destroyed” it may have a special ability which allows it to perform one final action. Squad construction is about the only thing that is similar to other games. Each figure is assigned a point value and each player brings a certain amount of figures whose point values equal a predetermined build total. My only one complaint has to do with the fact that the figures are sold in random boosters.
That pretty much sums up the rules, so as long as your kid understands why he/she should not point a spring loaded weapon at their eye and pull the trigger, I think they can handle this game. It is never to early to get your kid started in gaming and to teach then valuable lessons like always aim for the head.